2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Comparison in Columbus, OH

With a more powerful engine, standard all-wheel drive, superior technology and seating for up to eight, the 2021 Subaru Ascent has what it takes to get your whole family where they're headed in and around Columbus. It's an even better value than rivals like the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, and we'll prove it to you below! For less than $1,000 dollars more at the entry-level, the new Ascent is a more efficient, more versatile and more enjoyable family shuttle. Check out this head-to-head comparison and head to Byers Airport Subaru to test drive the 2021 Subaru Ascent and see for yourself.

2021 Ascent Interior Car Seats

Comfort & Capacity

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is noticeably bulkier than the 2021 Subaru Ascent -- yet it can only hold up to seven passengers. By contrast, you can seat up to eight in the Subaru Ascent! You're sure to appreciate the class-leading 19 cupholders in every 2021 Subaru Ascent regardless of trim level or interior configuration. The VW Atlas provides no more than 17 cupholders -- that's fewer places to stash more than just drinks. Everything from loose items like children's toys to mobile devices have a safe, secure resting place in the new Subaru Ascent.

It's also more comfortable and convenient in the 2021 Subaru Ascent. It features standard tri-zone automatic climate controls -- so driver, front passenger and rear passengers all have their own climate settings. That's a feature that'll cost you extra on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. And so is the power rear tailgate for easy, effortless cargo space access. But that's a feature that now comes standard on each and every 2021 Subaru Ascent.

2021 Ascent USB Ports

Technology & Multimedia

When it comes to standard technology features, the 2021 Subaru Ascent once again comes out on top. All models now feature standard Steering Responsive LED Headlights with High Beam Assist, which pivot as you steer for better illumination around curves and corners. Similar technology is available on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, but only when you upgrade. And on the inside, the 2021 Ascent features four standard USB ports, for both the front and middle seats. In entry-level VW Atlas models, you only get a single USB port.

Meanwhile, when it comes to multimedia, both vehicles come standard with an easy-to-use center stack touchscreen display that includes Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto®.

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2021 Ascent Towing Airstream Trailer

Performance & Efficiency

Every time you have to stop for gas, the 2021 Subaru Ascent saves you money compared to the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. That's because you'll be able to go further in the Ascent, which achieves up to 27 MPG on the highway -- three more than the VW Atlas. Most importantly, the Subaru Ascent achieves it using regular fuel. The 2021 VW Atlas requires more costly premium fuel! Yet it still doesn't generate as much horsepower or torque as you get from the 2021 Subaru Ascent.

While there is an available engine upgrade in the 2021 VW Atlas if you need more power, that engine is a large V6 that'll use even more fuel! But the 2021 Subaru Ascent provides more standard horsepower and torque, for a more engaging drive.

2021 Ascent In The Rain


An available four-wheel drive system will set you back an additional $1,900 on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. That's less than the difference in starting prices for these vehicles at the entry-level -- but the 2021 Subaru Ascent comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive! That means you get better control, even on tricky surfaces like icy roads or gravel trails.

While both SUVs earned five-star overall safety ratings from the National highway Traffic Safety Administration, take a closer look at the results. The 2021 Subaru Ascent earned five stars in every individual crash test, too. However, the 2021 VW Atlas only got four stars in the front driver's side and front passenger's side crash tests.

2021 Ascent Leather Interior

Driver Assistance

With standard automatic emergency braking on both SUVs, you'll get added protection from many forward collision risks. Both vehicles can react automatically to a sudden crash risk up ahead. However, the 2021 Subaru Ascent also comes standard with lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control -- features that'll cost you extra on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas when you upgrade.

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Learn More At Byers Airport Subaru, Where We Go The Extra Mile For You

As you can see, the 2021 Subaru Ascent provides a whole lot more value than its rival from Volkswagen. After all, even though it's a bit more costly at the entry-level, we are sure you'll agree that the 2021 Subaru Ascent provides the features, value and performance that would cost you thousands more as options and upgrades on the 2021 VW Atlas. Find out more at Byers Airport Subaru during a test drive! We look forward to showing you why the Subaru Ascent is the finest three-row SUV for Central Ohio families.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Volkswagen Atlas
$32,395Starting MSRP* $31,555
21 MPG City / 27 MPG HighwayFuel Economy21 MPG City / 24 MPG Highway
260Standard Horsepower235
277Standard Torque (lb-ft)258
RegularRecommended Fuel GradePremium
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardLED Steering Responsive HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardTri-Zone Automatic Climate ControlsAvailable Upgrade
StandardPower LiftgateAvailable Upgrade
Up to 17Cupholders19

*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.