When you're thinking of your next vehicle, you've got a lot of options out there, like the Volkswagen Atlas and Ford Explorer. Both are strong vehicles, but which one is right for you? We at Fred Beans Volkswagen of Doylestown have drawn up this comparison to help you and other drivers near Doylestown, Perkasie, and Furlong, PA, make that decision.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs Ford Explorer: At a Glance

Volkswagen Atlas

Ford Explorer



3.6-liter V6

2.3-liter EcoBoost® I-4

Sound System

Sound System

Fender® Premium Audio

6 Speakers

Max Cargo Capacity

Max Cargo Capacity

98.6 cubic feet

87.8 cubic feet

Drive System

Drive System

All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

Rear-Wheel Drive

Volkswagen Atlas vs Ford Explorer: Mapping the Interior

The interior of a vehicle offers lots of possibilities for space and other features. Often what makes a smooth ride a comfortable one is what amenities are at your disposal. And in this section we're going to take a look at certain features we think are important to highlight.

We start off with cargo capacity. These vehicles are meant to take you far and wide, but what's that mean if you can't bring all your stuff? When we look at the VW Atlas, it has a maximum cargo capacity of 98.6 cubic feet, while the Explorer tops off at 87.8 cubic feet.

With the VW Atlas, having that much space available allows you to bring along whatever materials you need for work or recreation. Now let's pivot to see what kind of technology you can expect in these vehicles.

The VW Atlas comes out swinging with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit feature. Instead of the traditional instrument cluster, information can be displayed digitally in high resolution. Additionally, you can customize what's displayed: from speed, travel time to route guidance, assistance systems, and elevation.

Additionally, the VW Atlas comes equipped with a 3-month All Access trial subscription to SiriusXM® with 360L. And you'll hear a great personalized playlist with the onboard Fender® Premium Audio System. It also includes compatibility with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

While the Explorer does come with a similar trial subscription for SiriusXM®, it does not have the 360L component; in place of a premium sound system, it sports six speakers. Also, it lacks a main display screen equivalent to the Digital Cockpit feature.

Another technological highlight is Driver Assistance features. These help to do the work of taking care of the little things, so you can keep your focus on the road ahead. Inside the VW Atlas we have the following:

  • Dynamic Road Sign Display
  • Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking
  • Light Assist
  • Area View
  • Park Assist

And that's to give you an idea of what to expect. The Explorer on the other hand, does not come with dedicated assistive features.

Volkswagen Atlas vs Ford Explorer: Safety

Perhaps one of, if not the most important categories is safety. Knowing how your vehicle is going to help protect you will let you drive with more confidence. We'll take a closer look at what you can expect from these vehicles.

The VW Atlas begins at the bone with its body having front and rear crumple zones that help absorb crash energy, built around a rigid safety cage that helps distribute forces away from the driver and passengers.

Another feature present in the VW Atlas is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Designed in mind with regard to the knowledge that not every car stops after a collision, this system helps slow a vehicle down, if not completely, after a collision to help prevent further impacts.

Additional features standard on the VW Atlas include:

  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Six stability-enhancing systems

In stark contrast, the Ford does not offer as robust of a safety package. While it does offer a version of post-collision support, it relies more on the key fob than in the VW Atlas. And with stability systems, the Explorer only has one, unlike the six of the VW Atlas.

Volkswagen Atlas vs Ford Explorer: The Verdict

We hope our comparison review helped you make a solid decision on your next vehicle. Now that you've come this far, its time for our friends around Doylestown, Perkasie, and Furlong, Pennsylvania, to take the next step and call us up at Fred Beans Volkswagen of Doylestown to schedule your test drive, today!

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