Volkswagen finally created a capable three-row crossover with the 2018 Atlas, but how does it stack up to one of the top in its class, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and New Britain can find out more about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee with our side-by-side comparison. The dedicated staff at Fred Beans Volkswagen of Doylestown is always happy to help you find your next ride. 




Standard engine

Turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder

3.6L V6

Seating capacity



Passenger volume

153.7 cubic feet

105.4 cubic feet

Cargo capacity

96.8 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

Front headroom

41.3 inches

39.9 inches


VW Atlas vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Performance

For most crossover shoppers, performance isn't high on their list, but the Volkswagen Atlas could change that.

  • The VW Atlas and its turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
  • With the available 3.6L V6 engine, the VW Atlas generates 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
  •  The Jeep Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine, which produces 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The VW Atlas is also mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode, which helps boost efficiency. You can even switch between four all-wheel-drive modes with a simple turn of a dial on the 4MOTION® with Active Control system. By doing so, you can adapt to any driving situation.

As for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it also comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It also has its own all-wheel-drive mode system for being ready for any adverse road conditions. However, this is a vehicle designed for off-roading, not casual around-town driving, so it sacrifices its road manners for rugged capability. If you're looking for a pleasant and comfortable commuter, the Atlas is the way to go.

This 2018 Atlas review from the team Fred Beans Volkswagen of Doylestown will give you an in-depth look at what the vehicle has to offer, both under the hood and inside the cabin, so you can decide whether it would be a good fit for your unique lifestyle needs.

2018 Atlas vs 2018 Grand Cherokee: Interior Space

Comfort and convenience are important factors in crossovers, and the 2018 VW Atlas doesn't disappoint. There's ample room for seven people to stretch out in all three rows, and both the second and third row fold away easily with a lever. Inside, you'll have 41.3 inches of front headroom and 40.4 inches of rear headroom. As for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, you'll feel more cramped since it only offers 39.9 inches of front headroom and 39.2 inches of rear headroom.

When it comes to storing luggage in your trunk for errands, road trips, or weekend adventures, the VW Atlas boasts an incredible 96.8 cubic feet of cargo room. The Jeep Grand Cherokee can only provide a meager 68.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity. So, it comes as no surprise that while the 2018 Grand Cherokee offers 105.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, the 2018 Atlas beats it with 153.7 cubic feet of passenger volume.

VW Atlas vs Grand Cherokee: Comfortable Seating

One of the key advantages of the Atlas is its seating. The bottom cushion of the front seats is long and heavily padded, which provides superior comfort to the driver and front passenger. The bench seats for the second and third row are plenty comfortable as well, which is an area that many crossovers skimp on. Captain's chairs are an option for the second row, which are supportive and plush, but they will take the seating down to six.

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee only seats five, but it still offers less space to those passengers in the rear seat in favor of cargo space. The front seats have firm bolstering on the back, but the cushion is flat and hard, and the wideness of the seat may prove uncomfortable for smaller people.

Test Drive the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas at Fred Beans Volkswagen

Though its known as one of the most capable crossover SUVs on the market, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is still prioritizing performance over true crossover qualities. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, on the other hand, ensures that it provides all the elements a crossover buyer is looking for.

Drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and New Britain can explore the many perks of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas by visiting Fred Beans Volkswagen to schedule a test drive. Contact us today!


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