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2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Volkswagen Atlas- Car Comparison

The ranks of the three-row mid-size SUV segment are swelling persistently at a rapid pace. This is with the 2020 Kia Telluride, one of the latest entrants to join the fray. Further, with so many players fighting for attention, such personalities and core competencies of these haulers of people and stuff often get lost in the shuffle.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

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Furthermore, in order to draw a bead on the capabilities, value, and moreover true identity of the new Kia, you may pit it against the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, which recently appears to be a more compelling setup than the Subaru Ascent.

2020 Kia Telluride

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The Matchup

Apart from the matchup, where the players clearly came from different bloodlines, the Telluride and Atlas share certain similarities to raise eyebrows in a polite manner. At 196.9 inches long, the Telluride is comparatively two inches short of the Atlas’s overall length. However, their 78.3-inch widths are similar, as are the 21 cubic feet of storage space behind their third row of seats. Further, both models use a naturally aspirated V-6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore with the Telluride’s 3.8-liter V-6 is able to produce 291 horsepower versus the Atlas’s 276-hp 3.6-liter narrow-angle six. Besides that, both are rated to tow 5000 pounds, and both returned 24 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy loop test.

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On the Road

While in the three-row SUV club drag racing is hardly a prerequisite. Further few would argue that a little extra kick isn’t good. Kia, 4440-pound Telluride completes the zero-to-60-mph dash in 7.1 seconds, nearly a full second quicker than the Atlas. Further, the quarter-mile gives similar results, with the Kia clocking a 15.4-second pass at 94 mph versus the VW’s 16.1-second effort at 90 mph.

Nonetheless, empirical evidence, driving both vehicles in real-world responds willingly to throttle inputs. However, neither of them feels significantly quicker nor more powerful. Besides this, the parity also extended to spirited runs on our back roads where the vehicle is not able to put significant distance on the other. However, you may detect an occasional bout of light throttle indecision in the Telluride’s powertrain. Moreover, it’s eight-speed automatic does a better job of streamlining shifts and feels less busy than Atlas’s gearbox. This tends to rush to top gear as a fuel-saving strategy.

The Inside View

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

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When it comes to style, the Atlas is an exercise in clinical minimalism, whereas the Telluride’s furnishings are more casual. Besides this, Both of them showcase excellent, all-day-comfy first- and second-row seats.

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However the Telluride test cover in soft brown leather that wouldn’t be out of place on a pair of hand-sewn loafers. Moreover, Soft-touch plastics abound in the Kia and feel a level above those of the VW.

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In addition, You may like Kia’s single-button heating and ventilation control for the front seats. Moreover, its USB outlets and phone-sized storage pockets located on the back of the front seats are highly convenient.

2020 Kia Telluride

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Above all, the vehicle provides easy access to their third-row seats by folding the second-row seatbacks and sliding the base forward.

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Moreover, Passenger comfort is the utmost importance. But clinical keeping aside measurements, the staff picked the Telluride’s third row as the place.

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Further, Behind the third row, both vehicles have enough space to stow four carry-on-size boxes. Fold the second-row flat, however, and the Atlas is able to distinguish by swallowing 38 carry-ons while the Telluride could fit only 35.

2020 Kia Telluride

Highs: Upscale interior materials, fetching exterior styling, attractively priced, and moreover quiet ride.

Lows: Reserved handling responses, polarizing grille design.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Highs: Spacious interior, minimalist cabin design, progressive yet responsive handling.

Lows: Unsettling over broken pavement, occasionally busy transmission shifts.

The Bottom Line

Above all, if you prefer the Telluride’s bold appearance that effectively channels a Range Rover’s, or the Atlas’s comparatively sleek fascia and rakish backlight, is subjective. Moreover, Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile power train warranty is exquisite.

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Volkswagen Atlas- Car Comparison

However, Volkswagen‘s comprehensive six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty is also reassuring, be it for a shorter period of time. Moreover, in the splitting of already fine hairs, it’s the new Telluride that makes a stronger case over the Atlas. This is all due to its price advantage, it’s plush and further appointments and its slightly more comfortable third-row.

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