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Volkswagen Atlas vs. Audi Q7

Do you have a large family that needs a three-row SUV to get around? Two options you’re probably considering are the Volkswagen Atlas and the Audi Q7. These two midsized SUVs offer many benefits in the cabin and under the hood. Our Volkswagen experts here at Capistrano Volkswagen have put together a vehicle comparison to help you make your final choice. If you want to learn more about the Atlas or get expert advice on whether to choose its three-row or two-row configuration, feel free to contact our team at Capistrano Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Atlas vs. Audi Q7 Engine and Performance

Both of these crossover competitors have two engine options. In the Atlas, you can stick with the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 235 horsepower or upgrade to a 3.0-liter V-6 that can churn out 276 horsepower. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Q7’s engine options are similar, with the base 2.0-liter turbocharged unit producing 248 horsepower. The optional upgrade is a turbocharged V-6 that provides slightly more power than the Volkswagen’s V-6 with 335 horsepower.

The Atlas returns slightly better fuel economy than the Q7. With the base engine, the Atlas achieves up to 25 mpg on the highway, which drops a bit to 24 mpg with the V-6. The Q7’s best gas mileage numbers are 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg on city roads. The Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds when you add its towing package to the V-6 engine, while the Q7’s towing limit is 7,700 pounds.

Atlas vs. Q7 Interior

Inside the cabin, the Atlas provides you with more space than the Q7. Behind the third row of seats, the Atlas has over 20 cubic feet of storage compared to the Q7’s 14 cubic feet. This extra room could make it easier for you to load up an Atlas for a weekend trip out of town or transport a large load of groceries home for your family.

It’s a similar story when you fold down the rear row of seats, with the Atlas offering 55 cubic feet compared to the Q7’s 35 cubic feet. With both rear rows folded flat, the Atlas offers up to 96 cubic feet of cargo capacity, while the Q7 has 69 cubic feet.

The Atlas is also available in a two-row configuration called the Cross Sport. This is a great option if you don’t need the third row of seats but still want plenty of storage space. You get over 40 cubic feet behind the second row of the Cross Sport and over 77 cubic feet with the rear row down.

The three-row Atlas is available in its standard setup with seven seats or a reduced capacity of six, which includes second-row captain’s chairs. Synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. You can upgrade to genuine leather and heated second-row seats. The Q7 offers genuine leather, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and a power-folding third row in its base trim, but keep in mind that you’ll pay a much higher price tag for these features.

Volkswagen vs. Audi Infotainment and Safety Tech

Audi’s infotainment system includes twin touch screens, the first measuring 10.1 inches and the second 8.6 inches. The Q7 also boasts a 10-speaker stereo and a navigation system. The Atlas’ infotainment setup includes a standard 6.5-inch screen and a six-speaker stereo. Both vehicles offer various connectivity options, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB ports.

You can step up to an 8-inch screen, a 12-speaker premium stereo, a navigation system, and a wireless device charging in the Atlas. The Q7 also offers a couple of upgrades, such as wireless device charging and a 23-speaker sound system.

Both vehicles can be equipped with a wide range of safety features. The Atlas has forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert as standard features. The Q7 has many similar safety systems, including front collision warning with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. It also offers rain-sensing windshield wipers and front and rear parking sensors.

Both vehicles offer similar safety upgrades. These include a surround-view parking camera, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Audi Q7 vs. Volkswagen Atlas Pricing and Trims

You may have noticed that the Q7 offers more capabilities in some areas than the Atlas, and that’s reflected in a much more expensive price tag. The base Q7 comes in at more than $20,000 above the base MSRP for the Atlas, making the Volkswagen a clear favorite if you’re on a budget. Volkswagen’s base SE trim has an MSRP of $33,910 for two-row models and $34,600 for three-row versions. By contrast, the base Q7 Premium starts at $55,800.

Volkswagen offers four trims for the Atlas, while Audi only offers two for the Q7. The Atlas’ additional trims include the SE with Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line Black, and SEL Premium R-Line. The Q7 is sold in the Premium Plus and Prestige trims.

The SEL trim adds some luxuries to the cabin, such as a sunroof, ambient lighting, and a heated steering wheel. The top-line SEL Premium R-Line has a more powerful six-cylinder engine under the hood, and adds genuine leather seats, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats.

The Q7 Premium Plus gets a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera, and a 19-speaker stereo. The range-topping Prestige has a standard V-6 engine, air suspension, and ventilated front seats.

As you can see, both vehicles in this comparison have a lot to offer. We think the Atlas wins out for most buyers because it has a slightly larger cabin and a more affordable starting price. If you’d like to know more about any of the Atlas’ excellent features or arrange a test drive in Orange County, don’t hesitate to contact us. Here at Capistrano Volkswagen, we’d be delighted to help you get behind the wheel of a new SUV that’s suitable for your family’s requirements.

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