2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Head to Head Comparison

2020 Volkswagen Atlas driving in town

Finding the perfect family-sized SUV can be difficult because of the large variety available to drivers. For your convenience, Hawk Volkswagen of Joliet has pared down your options to two highly coveted models: the 2020 VW Atlas and 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Learn more about both of these models to determine which one has the performance, design, and amenities you’re in need of.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Hawk Volkswagen of Joliet, located near Chicago, IL, by sending a message or calling (815) 741-1100. You can also search the new vehicle inventory for available trims and our current specials for an excellent deal on the new Atlas SUV.

In this comparison, we’ll be taking a look at the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL, starting at $40,795 MSRP, and the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, starting at $40,050 MSRP.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Jeep Grand CherokeePerformance Specs & Fuel Economy

In terms of performance, the VW Atlas and Jeep Grand Cherokee offer very different performances. You’ll find a 2.0L turbo engine on the Atlas, which allows for better fuel economy, while the 3.6L V6 engine on the Grand Cherokee delivers more oomph. A similarity between the two models is an eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission option on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas features Tiptronic® technology and sport mode for an elevated drive.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is also standard with the Atlas, while 4x2 and 4x4 drive systems are available on the Grand Cherokee. The 4MOTION® AWD system allows you to switch between four AWD modes to adjust to terrain and driving conditions.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas driving on a rural highway

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Jeep Grand CherokeeInterior & Exterior Design

If you’re on the road most days, you’ll want an SUV that’s both supportive and stylish. Luckily, the Atlas and Grand Cherokee are available with a host of interior and exterior features to properly satisfy your needs. Most notably, the standard panoramic sunroof allows for added sunlight and starlight. While you won’t find some of these features on the Grand Cherokee, it offers a host of wheel options and interior appointments to choose from.

Other key interior and exterior features on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas include:

  • Silver roof rails
  • Side mirrors with memory feature
  • Automatic headlights
  • Fog lights with low-speed corner-illuminating feature
  • V-Tex leatherette seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat lumbar support
2020 Volkswagen Atlas side view driving through town

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Jeep Grand CherokeeSafety & Technology Features

Both the 2020 Atlas and 2020 Grand Cherokee share a host of safety and technology features, like blind spot monitoring, a rear view camera, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth®. Alternatively, if you choose the Atlas you receive VW-exclusive features like Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect and Security & Service.

Additional Volkswagen Atlas safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking (front assist)
  • Pedestrian monitoring
  • Rear traffic alert
2020 Volkswagen Atlas woman connecting phone to infotainment system

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Jeep Grand CherokeeSize & Cargo Space

Getting your kids to school and running to the grocery store can be a breeze if you’re behind the wheel of the right SUV. If you’re looking for more passenger space, the 2020 VW Atlas is the clear choice. It offers three rows and seating for up to seven passengers, all while keeping your comfort in mind. The Grand Cherokee can only seat up to five passengers.

With added passenger space also comes greater cargo space. The 2020 Atlas gives you 96.8 cu.-ft. of cargo space with the second and third rows folded down, while the Grand Cherokee only offers 68.3 cu.-ft.

Children's soccer team loading up the trunk of a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee2020 VW Atlas for Sale near Chicago, IL

Search the new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas for sale at our Volkswagen dealership near Chicago, IL, for the perfect Atlas trim. If you have any inquiries, please contact our team by calling (815) 741-1100.

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