2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2021 Hyundai Palisade comparison image

There are plenty of reasons to buy a bigger SUV. Maybe you need 7-to-8 seats, or maybe you just want a lot of enclosed space for cargo that you can switch to seats on a whim, or, you might just want to feel more commanding on the road. Whatever your reason, two of the options you will arrive at are the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2021 Hyundai Palisade.

Relatively speaking, both of these model names are fresh for each automaker. The first Volkswagen Atlas launched in 2018, and the first Hyundai Palisade launched in 2020. The recent rise in demand for SUVs of all sizes helped bring both of these models into existence, with each creating their own idea of the perfect SUV. Each has its own strengths, and you can learn about them by reading the chart and analysis below. The chart includes available features and for both models.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas


2021 Hyundai Palisade

2.0L I4 Turbo and 3.6L V6 Engine Options 3.8L V6
198.3/70/78.3 in. Length/Height/Width 196.1/68.9/77.8 in.
Fender® System with 12 Speakers Premium Sound System Harman/Kardon® with 12 Speakers
Updated for 2021 Exterior Styling Unchanged from 2020

Model Comparison Analysis

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas comes with a touch more experience than the 2021 Hyundai Palisade. It is clear to anyone who drives it for five minutes where its priorities lie. The Atlas emphasizes handling, interior comfort, and construction quality over some other features. The Palisade is built to appeal to drivers with a thirst for new technology. The larger engine in the Palisade can be a drawback since it drives up the starting MSRP, even for the most bare-bones trims.

Other Features Available on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

  • Overhead View Camera
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display
  • Light Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Assist
  • VW Car-Net Hotspot
  • 5,000 lb. Towing Capacity
  • 4MOTION® AWD with Active Control
  • Rear View Camera System
  • And More!