2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Subaru Ascent

If you are in the market for a new three-row SUV that offers excellent performance output and favorable interior dimensions, then you have a few excellent options available to explore! Two of the best options available are the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2020 Subaru Ascent. Customers can find the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas right here at Frank Boucher Volkswagen of Racine today! Join us as we compare these two models against one another!

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2020 Subaru Ascent are very evenly matched in a number of respects, including engine performance and interior volume. However, one way that they differ is the number of engines they offer. The 2020 Ascent features only one engine option, while the 2020 Atlas offers two. The base engine of the 2020 Atlas is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that generates 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque while maintaining fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Let’s explore how the secondary engine and other aspects of the 2020 Atlas stacks up against similar aspects for the 2020 Ascent together!

Engine Specs Comparison

2020 Volkswagen Atlas


2020 Subaru Ascent

3.6L V6 Engine Engine Options 2.4L Turbo I-4 Engine
276 Horsepower Engine Power 260 Horsepower
266 Pound-Feet Engine Torque 277 Pound-Feet
17 MPG / 23 MPG Fuel Economy (City / Hwy) 21 MPG / 27 MPG


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You can see the key specifications for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas secondary engine compared against the key specifications for the 2020 Subaru Ascent base engine in the table above. As you can see, both engines are very closely matched with the 2020 Ascent having a slight advantage in fuel economy and torque, while the 2020 Atlas has the advantage in horsepower. The table below compares the interior dimensions offered by each model.

Interior Dimensions Comparison

2020 Atlas


2020 Ascent

20.6 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume Behind 3rd Row 17.8 Cubic Feet
55.5 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume Behind 2nd Row 47.6 Cubic Feet
96.8 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume Behind 1st Row 82.5 Cubic Feet
153.7 Cubic Feet Total Interior Passenger Volume 153.5 Cubic Feet


In this case, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas appears to hold the advantage over the 2020 Subaru Ascent. As you can see, the 2020 Atlas offers significantly more cargo volume behind each row and also maintains a slight advantage in total interior volume as well. Most SUV shoppers would likely favor the cargo space advantage that the 2020 Atlas provides.

If you would like to learn about other advantages that the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas offers over the 2020 Subaru Ascent, then you should contact our staff here at Frank Boucher Volkswagen of Racine today!

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