Volkswagen Atlas vs. Kia Telluride

2021 Volkswagen Atlas S


2021 Kia Telluride LX
$31,545 MSRP*

Base Trim MSRP

$31,990 MSRP

Engine Options

21 City / 24 Highway**

Base Engine Fuel Economy

20 City / 26 Highway

Towing Capacity


Trim Levels


2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2021 Kia Telluride

If you’re in the market for a new SUV then you’ve probably been researching the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2021 Kia Telluride. Both vehicles offer full-size SUV performance and come with a variety of intelligent safety and convenience features for your O'Fallon commute, but which one is right for you? While the Kia Telluride is an excellent vehicle, the team at Auffenberg Volkswagen feels that East St. Louis customers will get more features, performance capabilities, and choices with the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas than the Kia Telluride. Compare the VW. Atlas vs. Telluride with Auffenberg Volkswagen below, then contact us when you’re ready to set up a time to take the VW Atlas for a test drive!

VW Atlas vs. Kia Telluride: Engine Performance

Starting with their engines, the first thing you’ll notice is that the Volkswagen Atlas has two engine options for Madison drivers to choose from, while the Kia Telluride only offers one. The Kia Telluride does offer more horsepower on its engine than the Volkswagen Atlas, but drivers will get similar performance on the Atlas engine options for a lower starting price than the Kia Telluride. Compare the engine specs for the Kia Telluride vs. VW Atlas below:

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Standard 2.0L Turbo Engine

  • 2.0L Turbo Engine
  • 20 City/ 24 Highway EPA-estimated fuel economy
  • 235hp
  • 258 lb-ft of torque

Available 3.6L V6 Engine

  • 17 City/23 Highway EPA-estimated fuel economy
  • 276hp
  • 266 lb-ft of torque

2021 Kia Telluride

3.8L Lambda Engine

  • 20 City/26 Highway EPA-estimated fuel economy
  • 291hp
  • 262 lb-ft of torque

Both the Kia Telluride and the Volkswagen Atlas offer a 5,000-pound towing capacity and FWD and AWD capabilities for your Caseyville commute.

VW Atlas vs. Kia Telluride: Interior

If you’re looking for a luxurious interior for your O'Fallon errands and commute, then you can’t beat the premium materials and features offered in the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. While the Kia Telluride also has an impressive interior with multiple convenience features, the superior quality and smart technology is noticeable in the Volkswagen Atlas. Additionally, East St. Louis drivers can take advantage of these amazing features when they opt for a Volkswagen Atlas:

  • Dual-zone climate control for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rows
  • Premium color multifunction display
  • LED lighting
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror
  • Premium cloth seats
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row, 3rd-row easy entry, and 50/50 split-folding 3rd row
  • Smartphone compatibility
  • App-Connect
  • Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming for compatible devices
  • Rear View Camera System
  • USB ports
  • Composition Color touchscreen sound system with 6.5″ color display, and AM/FM radio
  • Much more!

VW Atlas vs. Kia Telluride: Safety

Safety is paramount when you’re driving on Madison roads with your friends and family. When comparing the Kia Telluride vs. the VW Atlas, you can rest assured knowing that both vehicles come with comprehensive safety systems that will help you keep an eye out for potential hazards during your commute. When you opt for the Kia Telluride, however, you’ll get fewer standard safety features than if you choose the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. See what key safety features are offered standard on the Volkswagen Atlas below:

  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking

In addition to these excellent standard features, you can also have peace of mind knowing that the Volkswagen Atlas received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a “Good” safety rating (the highest that can be achieved) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While these ratings are for the 2020 model, because there were minimal exterior changes for the 2021 edition of the Volkswagen Atlas, the new model year is expected to rate the same.

Test Drive The Volkswagen Atlas at Auffenberg Volkswagen!

Choosing between the VW Atlas vs. Telluride can be a difficult decision, but we’re confident that the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will serve more of your O'Fallon needs at a lower price than the Kia Telluride. See everything the Volkswagen Atlas has to offer when you come in for a test drive at Auffenberg Volkswagen! You can also compare the Atlas to the Honda Pilot or browse our new Volkswagen specials for a discount on your next purchase and contact our finance team to start the car buying process. While you’re at it, check out the 2021 VW Atlas reviews. after “start the car buying process. We look forward to hearing from you!

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