2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Comparison in Columbus, OH

In the search for the best family SUV with a third row of seating, there are many things to take into consideration. How much space will you be getting? How safe is the SUV? Will it last? Can it handle anything other than smooth, flat surfaces? The 2019 Subaru Ascent is an all-new 3-row SUV that's sure to meet your high standards. While it's not without its competitors, like the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, Subaru gives you so much more for your money. On this page, we compare these two 3-row SUVs. Once you've seen how great Subaru is, we invite you to look through our 2019 Subaru Ascent inventory, then take one for a test drive at Byers Airport Subaru.

A view of the second and third rows of seating in the 2019 Subaru Ascent, with second-row captain's chairs.

Subaru Ascent vs VW Atlas: Interior Dimensions & Seating

These 3-row SUVs have about the same passenger volume; however, the interior of the Subaru Ascent can fit more people. The third row in the 2019 VW Atlas has two seats. This means that the VW Atlas can seat up to seven people with second-row bench seats, and up to six people with second-row captain's chairs. The 2019 Subaru Ascent, by comparison, can seat up to eight people with its three-seat third row. Choosing second-row captain's chairs still lets you fit up to seven occupants.

A close-up view of the touchscreen in a 2019 Subaru Ascent, with popular app icons visible.

Subaru Ascent vs VW Atlas: Comfort & Technology

Of course, seating alone isn't the only thing that makes an SUV comfortable. That's why the 2019 Subaru Ascent comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control that makes sure everyone can stay warm or cool enough. Dual-zone climate control is what comes standard on the 2019 VW Atlas. You can upgrade to tri-zone, but it will cost more.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent also boasts more impressive technology than the 2019 VW Atlas. For example, you can equip your Subaru Ascent with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. This is a feature that's not available on the VW Atlas.

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A 2019 Subaru Ascent towing a boat on a dirt road near a lake, with people standing outside the vehicle.

Subaru Ascent vs VW Atlas: Performance

Whether you're headed down the street or exploring a little-known trail, the Subaru Ascent is a perfect companion. Its six-cylinder BOXER® engine is horizontally opposed for a low center of gravity and a smooth drive--and it generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, as well! This is more power than you'll find in the standard VW Atlas engine, which generates 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Volkswagen Atlas does offer an available V6, but even this has less torque than the Subaru Ascent (not to mention worse gas mileage).

And if you're headed off-road, the Subaru Ascent is immensely capable. With its 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard features like Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Hill Descent Control, it's ready to tackle all kinds of terrain. The Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with front-wheel drive; you have to pay more to get AWD. In addition, it only has 8 inches of ground clearance.

A 2019 Subaru Ascent driving down a wet residential road in the rain.

Subaru Ascent vs VW Atlas: Safety

In addition to giving it exceptional off-road performance, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive also makes the Subaru Ascent even safer. The extra traction provided by this AWD system makes it more capable of handling slick or snowy roads. It makes sense: Subaru is dedicated to keeping you safe, and it hasn't escaped notice. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Subaru Ascent its most prestigious award, the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, by comparison, got no IIHS safety awards at all.

A 2019 Subaru Ascent on a highway with blue lines coming from the vehicle representing EyeSight functions.

Subaru Ascent vs VW Atlas: Driver Assist Technology

Every 2019 Subaru Ascent comes with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which has been shown to reduce rear-end collisions with injuries by up to 85%! EyeSight® comes with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Pre-collision Braking. Pre-collision braking does come standard on the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas; however, the other features are only available as more expensive upgrades.

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Why Choose a New Subaru?

It's easy to talk about the reasons to love Subaru vehicles. Features like the SUBARU BOXER® engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive mean that Subaru cars and SUVs stand out from most other vehicles on the market. And, with 97% of Subaru models sold within the past ten years still on the road today, Subaru quality is hard to beat. However, Subaru is more than just a great manufacturer: it's also an ethical company that's devoted to making your life better. From helping the earth (Subaru is America's first Zero-Landfill auto maker) to helping local communities become better places, Subaru is a company that cares.

You can find that same level of care at Byers Airport Subaru. We received the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award, which means that we've demonstrated excellence in customer service and helping our community. We're part of the Byers auto family that's been around for over 120 years, so we've been around the block a few times! Our extensive inventory is filled with new Subaru models, and our regularly updated special purchase and lease offers help you save. We look forward to helping you find your next car at 401 North Hamilton Road, Columbus, OH 43213.

2019 Subaru Ascent2019 VW Atlas
$31,995Starting MSRP*$30,895
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)26 Highway / 20 City
260Standard Horsepower235
8.7 InchesGround Clearance8 Inches
277 lb-ftStandard Torque258 lb-ft
8 OccupantsSeating Capacity7 Occupants

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.