2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Which Midsize SUV Is Best for Me?

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Jeep Grand Cherokee Midsize SUV Comparison in Seattle, WA

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an impressive vehicle when you're looking for two rows of seats and all some advanced all-terrain engineering -- but for Seattle-area families just looking for safe, reliable, comfortable transportation with room for seven passengers, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is an even better choice. You'll get more safety tech, more interior space for passengers and cargo, more technology and more efficient performance -- all for a lower MSRP than the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee! Compare these two midsize SUVs head-to-head below. Then, come test-drive the mighty Volkswagen Atlas at Carter VW today.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior Capacity

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Capacity

While both these vehicles are classified as midsize SUVs, only the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes with seating for up to seven, including a flat-folding second and third row of seats. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a two-row SUV with seating for just five people. That means the much larger 2019 Volkswagen Atlas gives all your passengers more room to spread out. You'll find more head- and shoulder room in both rows as well as more front-seat legroom in the 2019 VW Atlas compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Naturally, this means there's lots more room for cargo in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, too! The Atlas opens up to reveal up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats collapsed; the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee only gives you 68.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo room.

And with available second-row captain's chairs or forward-tilting second-row bench, getting to that third row is perfectly painless in the 2019 VW Atlas.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Connectivity

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Connectivity

Both these vehicles make it easy to stay connected on your commute thanks to touchscreen infotainment systems and smartphone connectivity through standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. However, staying connected to your car while you're away is easier in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas.

Through SiriusXM® Guardian, you can perform basic functions on your smartphone like starting the engine, locking and unlocking the doors and locating the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- but Volkswagen can do so much more. The Atlas is available with VW Car-Net® Security & Service, including unique features you just can't get from the Jeep Grand Cherokee like boundary, speed and curfew alerts -- so you'll know if your young drivers have driven your Atlas where they shouldn't, or exceeded a safe speed limit. You can adjust the climate control settings from anywhere. It can even send you an alert if you left the sunroof open and rain is in the forecast. SiriusXM® Guardian on the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee simply can't do all this.

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Performance

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Performance

Both these cars are available with upgraded engines -- but, at the entry level, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas simply gives you the best value. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a naturally-aspirated V6 engine that can only earn up to 19 MPG in the city, and cranks out 260 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas can earn up to 20 MPG in the city and achieves 258 lb-ft of torque at just 1,600 RPM from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine! That means the Volkswagen Atlas feels quicker off the line, as it achieves maximum torque far earlier in the rev range.

What's more, while the Jeep brand may be known for its 4x4 technology, the 2019 Grand Cherokee comes standard with rear-wheel drive. That means you'll have less grip (and therefore less confidence) in inclement weather when you choose a 2-wheel drive version. Both these cars are also available with AWD technology as an upgrade, but the entry-level 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is front-wheel drive for better 2-wheel drive performance.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Safety Score

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Crash Test Scores

The Volkswagen Atlas is strong enough to protect your most precious cargo. In crash tests carried out by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas earned the best-possible score of "Good" in every single test! By contrast, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee earned scores that leave something to be desired. Families looking for the safest midsize SUV for their family will want to look elsewhere -- the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee earned a "Marginal" score in the driver-side small overlap front crash test and a worst-possible score of "Poor" in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Driver Assistance

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Driver Assistance

To help protect you and your loved ones, every 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert and forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking. If the system detects that the vehicle in front of you has stopped short, and you haven't begun to brake on your own, the system will alert you to take action and even engage the brakes on its own to help avoid a crash.

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert, but not automatic emergency braking. In fact, autonomous braking is only available on a handful of top-of-the-line trim levels. When you want the most advanced safety technology for the lowest price, the Volkswagen Atlas is a better choice than the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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A long history of German engineering excellence have gone into every 2019 Volkswagen model. When you're looking for a comfortable family car, a useful and affordable commuter or a high-performance car with practicality and safety, too, you want a Volkswagen. We'll be thrilled to show you why in our showroom at Carter Subaru in Ballard.

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