Volkswagen Atlas vs Audi Q7

VW AtlasWhen searching for the ideal SUV, you want to make sure it provides both a ton of space and innovative features to keep your entire crew happy. Two options that perfectly fit this description are the Volkswagen Atlas and Audi Q7.  Which one is better for your drives around Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg?

To help answer this question, Faulkner Volkswagen created this VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 comparison. Discover what each automobile has to offer and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Volkswagen Atlas vs Audi Q7: Passenger & Cargo Room

VW Atlas Cargo SpaceThe Volkswagen Atlas and Audi Q7 are midsize SUVs capable of seating seven people, making them great options for large families and people with lots of stuff to move.

While both SUVs offer a spacious cabin, you’ll find there’s a bit more room inside the VW Atlas: the front row has 41.3 inches of headroom with 40.4 inches in back. Meanwhile, the Q7 has a noticeably shorter, sloping roof which provides just 39.9 inches of headroom up front and 38.8 inches in back.

The Volkswagen Atlas also delivers more cargo space, which is essential for storing groceries, sporting equipment, and all sorts of bulky items. In the VW Atlas, you have up to 96.8 cubic feet of available space when the second and third rows are folded. Unfortunately, the Audi Q7 is far more limited, offering just 69.9 cubic feet of available space.

VW Atlas vs Q7: Interior Features

YVW Atlas Interiorou’ll find a lot of modern features inside both the Atlas and Q7 to help make your daily commute more enjoyable.  Inside the Atlas, you’ll find an available Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control system that ensures a comfortable ride from no matter where you’re seated.

Both SUVs also offer heated and ventilated front seats along with available heated second-row seats; if you ever need to quickly warm up or cool down, you can do so with the simple touch of a button!

There’s also plenty of simple-to-use technology to help you stay fully connected while on the road. For example, the VW Atlas features the Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect. This system utilizes both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for quick access to all your favorite apps and online services.

Likewise, the Audi Q7 also provides features like Apple CarPlay™ via its Audi Connect® system and MMI® all-in-touch though its interface is clunkier and harder to manage while driving.

Volkswagen Atlas vs Audi Q7: Performance Specs

VW Atlas Towing CapacityIf you’re looking for a well-rounded and dependable SUV, you can’t go wrong with either the VW Atlas or Audi Q7. For starters, each offer selectable driving modes: 4MOTION® AWD with Driving Mode Select in the VW Atlas and Audi drive select in the Q7. With just the turn of a dial, you can tailor your SUV to perform well on almost any type of terrain.

Despite their commanding frames and powerful engines, these SUVs are also quite fuel efficient. For instance, the VW Atlas achieves an EPA-estimated 20/26 city/hwy MPG1 when equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

On the other hand, while the Audi Q7 is also fuel efficient it doesn’t fare as well as the VW Atlas, achieving just an EPA-estimated 19/25 city/hwy MPG.1

Volkswagen Atlas vs Audi Q7: The Verdict

There’s no doubt the Audi Q7 is an impressive midsize SUV. However, if factors like space, efficiency, and ease-of-use are important to you, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is worth taking a closer look.

To experience this SUV for yourself, visit Faulkner Volkswagen or go online to schedule a test drive around Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg today!


1 Based on EPA estimates. See for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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