Volkswagen has secured their place in the SUV market, which is among the most in-demand vehicle types for families these days. They may not have a huge variety of models to choose from but they’ve put every ounce of energy into the two that are contenders.For 2019, the Tiguan and the Atlas are in the lineup and each has a great deal to offer when it comes to room for adults and kids and versatility. Each deserves a closer look and it’s well worth the time for discriminating buyers to learn what they have to offer.
The 2019 Tiguan – Starting at $24,295
The Tiguan is a versatile SUV that comes packed with useful features that add a touch of class and luxury as well as practicality. This model is referred to as the “not so compact” SUV because of its mid-sizing and ample leg and head room. The Tiguan is a lot of fun to drive and the handling is superb with its 4 wheel independent suspension. You’ll have plenty of power with the 20 liter turbocharged engine that generates 184 horsepower.
The Tiguan is an attractive SUV with a bold and chiseled aesthetic with a nicely sculpted hood that aids in the development of sharp and strong character lines. The outside appearance gives you a clue to what you can expect in terms of ruggedness. The SUV has a sophisticated air about it but it also comes across as being highly capable. In addition to good looks, it comes equipped with an adaptive front lighting system and LED headlights that an move as the SUV turns corners. The LED taillights are also made to be long lasting as well as highly efficient. The panoramic sunroof is also a special added feature that lets plenty of sunlight in the interior and it lets you see what’s going on on the outside.
What’s on the inside
The modern interior of the Tiguan is even more special than the exterior. The upholstery has a leather look, but it’s a material that is called V-Tex leatherette. It’s low maintenance yet stylish and comfortable. A few great options that you can add are a heated leather wrapped steering wheel and genuine leather seating for the first and second rows of seating. The steering wheel offers multi function to help keep you from becoming distracted when using the controls. The Tiguan comes standard with dual zone automatic climate control so everyone can make the necessary adjustments for interior comfort within their own space.
Speaking of space, there is plenty of head and leg room for passenger comfort in this 5 seat edition, but if you need to add a few extra seats, there is a 3rd row option available which takes the versatility of this SUV over the top. There is plenty of cargo space when you don’t need the seats up for passengers, as much as 73.5 cubic feet. It’s easy to fold the seats down with the level mechanisms. The remote power liftgate also allows you to open the hatch with the press of a key fob. It also comes with a 6.5 inch infotainment display and a digital cockpit is available. The new vehicle warranty is also sweet with 72K miles or 6 years, whichever happens first, and it’s the bumper to bumper variety.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas – $30,895 – $48,395
The Atlas entered the scene for the first time in 2018. Still a part of the first generation and only the second edition of the SUV to be produced, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas came out in the tenth ranked position in the Midsize SUV category. It has a remarkably high overall rating of 8.3 out of a possible ten points and placed as number 9 in the SUV with 3 rows category, number 17 in Crossover SUVs and it was a finalist in the competition for 2019s best 3 row SUV for the money classification. The critics give it a 9.7 for safety, an 8.7 for its interior and a 7.8 for performance for an overall critic rating of 8.5 which comes in a little higher than the consumer score and it’s all good news.
Big on safety
The 2019 Atlas ranks high on safety features. We love the forward collision warning and automatic braking combined with rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring to keep you and your passengers safe. While we’re talking about the features, it’s a 7 person SUV which is ideal for larger families with three rows of seating. The ride is comfortable and it’s also quiet on the road. Aside from the fact that there’s a slight power lag when you compare it with other SUVs in its class, it has an excellent rating for both on road performance and technology.
A wide range of choices
The base model of the 2019 Atlas is the S and it comes standard with a bench seat for the second row and cloth upholstery. Even the base unit offers a ton of amenities such as dual zone manual climate control, cruise control, a rearview camera, and LED automatic headlights, as well as the safety features mentioned above for all models as standard In addition to this, everyone gets the 6.5 inch touchscreen interface with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. What’s really exciting is that Volkswagen offers a variety of trim levels. If you choose the SE, you can add a three zone climate control and when you upgrade to the SEL trim, it offers a digital cockpit instrumentation, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and LED taillights. The Atlas gets high ratings for its big size which gives passengers ample head and leg room and it also has a ton of cargo space.
The 2019 Atlas comes in a few different configurations. For the base S model, the engine is a 235 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder offering 258 lb ft of torque. The rest of the trim choices are powered with a 3.6 liter V6 engine ghat cranks 276 horsepower an 266 lb ft of torque. They all come with standard front wheel drive and the SEL Premium comes with all wheel drive but it’s available as an option on all other models. The engines are all mated with an 8 speed automatic transmission.