2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2021 Kia Telluride comparison image

The competition for the best three-row SUV heated up in 2020 when the Kia Telluride arrived on the market, giving the Korean automaker a new shot at SUV dominance. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas held its own and the competition continues into a new model year. The 2021 model years because both have taken on some changes. Each model changed to fortify its strengths, but it is up to you to decide which entry is stronger.

The most notable change that happened to the Atlas is a cosmetic update to the front and back ends. The interior got some upgrades as well to emphasize the ample passenger room. The Telluride added minor changes for 2021 like a new trim and a remote engine start button on the key fob, but nothing as dramatic as the Atlas. Use the chart below to compare the specifications and available features for the Atlas and the Telluride head to head and see which one you prefer.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas


2021 Kia Telluride

266 lb-ft of Torque Maximum Engine Torque 262 lb-ft of Torque
2.0L I-4 Turbo, 3.6L V6 Engine Options 3.8L V6
Available 4MOTION® AWD All-Wheel Drive Available All-Wheel Drive
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission 8-Speed Automatic

Model Comparison

The Atlas and Telluride names are each only a few years old. They both represent modern car companies working to grab their share of the growing 3-row SUV market. One clear advantage of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is the engine options. Although the engine in the Telluride may be bigger, the presence of two engine options for the Atlas will probably give it an advantage when shoppers try to pick between the two.

Other Features Available on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

  • Towing Package
  • 2nd-row Dual Captain’s Chairs
  • Panoramic Sunroof Package
  • Fender® Premium Brand Speakers
  • Front, Side, and Rearview Camera
  • Three-zone Climate Control
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • And More!