2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Looking for a three-row SUV with top-notch accommodations? Consider either the 2021 Subaru Ascent or 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Both of these SUVs offer excellent performance figures, easy access to the second and third rows, and driver-assist features to keep you going. For more detailed information, be sure to read through the following Ascent vs. Atlas guide.

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The 2021 Subaru Ascent base trim has a starting MSRP of $32,295, while the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S starts at $31,555.

2021 Subaru Ascent driving in the snow

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Three-row SUVs

Slide into spacious accommodations when you choose either the 2020 Subaru Ascent or 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. Both of these three-row SUVs offer copious amounts of passenger and cargo space. However, what sets them apart? Our detailed 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 VW Atlas comparison is sure to help you figure out which SUV model makes the most sense for your lifestyle.

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Base Trims

The 2020 Subaru Ascent Base and 2019 Volkswagen Atlas S are both built with amenities certain to make for a relaxing ride for all, whether that be your kids, your parents or in-laws, and/or the family dog. While these midsize SUVs may seem similar from every angle, a deeper dive into the following table reveals their stark differences.

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2020 Subaru Ascent Base


2019 Volkswagen Atlas S


Starting MSRP


2.4L turbo SUBARU BOXER® I4 w/ 260 HP & 277 lb.-ft. of torque


2.0L turbo I4 w/ 235 HP & 258 lb.-ft. of torque

Symmetrical AWD w/ X-MODE®



18-in. aluminum alloy w/ silver finish


18-in. aluminum alloy


Seating Capacity






Climate Control


STARLINK® 6.5-in. Multimedia Plus


6.5-in. color display

47.5 cu.-ft.

Rear Cargo Volume

53.5 cu.-ft.

Trim Levels Available

Both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and 2019 Volkswagen Atlas have a variety of trim levels with different amenities incorporated. The all-new Ascent ranges from the trusty Base trim, which starts at $31,995 MSRP, to the richly furnished 2020 Ascent Touring, which has a starting MSRP of $45,045. By contrast, the Volkswagen Atlas has trims that range from the Atlas S, starting at $30,895, to the middle trim Atlas V6 SE, starting at $35,495 MSRP, and finally the 2019 Atlas V6 SEL Premium, which has a starting price tag of $48,395 MSRP.

Exterior Design

While both of these large SUVs sport similar shine and body styles, they feature a variety of different exterior design elements. The 2019 VW Atlas has a ground clearance of 8-in., while the 2020 Subaru Ascent has a whopping 8.7-in. ground clearance and comes equipped with X-MODE®, making for a less bumpy and quieter driving experience. Another difference is that while the 2019 Atlas has fog lights, they are not LED like the Ascent's fog lights. See the following list for other impressive 2020 Subaru Ascent exterior features.

  • Raised roof rails
  • LED steering responsive headlights
  • Satin chrome power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Chrome door handles
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Fuel Economy

Both of these SUVs provide very similar fuel efficiency figures. The 2020 Subaru Ascent can achieve a maximum of 21 city and 27 highway MPG, while the VW Atlas can produce 20 city and 26 highway MPG.


Both of these reliable SUVs were built to protect families and their cargo, so safety is a top concern. The 2020 Ascent and 2019 Atlas both come equipped with blind spot detection systems and side curtain airbags, ideal features for drivers. The Ascent provides several other safety specs to maximize your peace of mind, including:

  • STARLINK® Safety and Security
  • High-resolution rear vision camera
  • 180-degree front view monitor
  • Brake override system
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
2020 Subaru Ascent safety

Blue 2020 Subaru Ascent in rain

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