2023 Volkswagen Atlas Vs. Audi Q7: The SUV Showdown

2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Audi Q7

If you're looking for a mid-size three-row SUV that gives you plenty of space and seven seats, you might be trying to decide between the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Audi Q7. To help with your new SUV search, we've put together a 2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 comparison that shows the differences in their performance, towing, trims, specs, and passenger room.

After you see how the new Volkswagen Atlas compares to its chief rival from Audi, we have a feeling you'll be calling our dealership to test-drive our new VW SUVs for sale.


2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 Trims and Features

When choosing between the 2023 Audi Q7 vs. VW Atlas, you'll also need to choose from the available trim and features. So, let's see how the key features and highlights of these two new SUVs compare. If you're deciding between the VW Atlas and the Volkswagen Tiguan, this information will also give you some helpful insight.

The new VW Atlas SE starts things off with the VW Digital Cockpit, heated front seats, and the safety of a blind-spot monitor. While the base-trim Audi Q7 does have standard heated front seats, it does not have the blind spot monitoring system found on the VW Atlas SE for sale.

2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 trims continue onto the VW Atlas SE with Technology, which adds remote start, front/rear parking sensors, and a hands-free easy-open liftgate. Once again, the Audi Q7 offers a front/rear parking system but not the convenience of a hands-free liftgate found on the VW model.

If you're also comparing the VW Atlas Cross Sport vs. Audi Q7, you're probably seeing a similar pattern start to emerge. The VW Atlas SEL gives you a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, the VW Digital Cockpit Pro, and the additional safety of Travel Assist and Emergency Assist.

The VW Atlas SEL R-Line Black is a sporty twist on the SEL trim, adding stylish upgrades and features like built-in navigation and exclusive blacked-out styling. The Audi Q7 lacks a stealthy-looking package like this trim.

In the top-of-the-line VW Atlas SEL Premium R-Line, we find 21-inch two-tone alloy wheels for added style while delivering a smooth ride and enhanced handling, and an overhead view camera system. The Audi Q7 comes standard with 19-inch 5-arm-star design wheels and a rearview camera. Premium wheels are an optional upgrade.

Something to keep in mind as you compare the 2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 is that the Audi Q7 has a significantly higher starting price than the VW Atlas. Especially so, the top-trim VW Atlas SEL Premium R-Line has a lower starting price than the base-trim Audi Q7, providing you with easier access to the Atlas SUV's top-of-the-line luxuries.

2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 Trims and Features

VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 Size and Passenger Room

VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 Size and Passenger Room

In case you're also wondering about the VW Atlas vs. VW Atlas Cross Sport, the new 2023 VW Atlas SUV holds seven seats with 154 cubic feet of passenger room and offers a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet.

The new 2023 Audi Q7 provides a max cargo space of 69.6 cubic feet, which is significantly less than the VW Atlas.


2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 Specs & Performance

Before discussing 2023 VW Alas vs. Audi Q7 performance, let's talk aerodynamics. A lower drag coefficient means a vehicle can slip through the air more efficiently, and the 2023 VW Atlas has a drag coefficient of 0.34, while the 2023 Audi Q7 has a drag coefficient of 0.36.

2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 performance also relies on power-to-weight ratios. The 2023 Atlas has a base curb weight of 4,261 pounds. While Audi does not list an official curb weight, Car & Driver lists the 2023 Audi Q7 with a base curb weight of 4,817 pounds.1

The 2023 Atlas has a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 276 horsepower.

The heavier Q7 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 261 horsepower or a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 335 horsepower.

While the 2023 Audi Q7 vs. VW Atlas 0-60 times can be comparable, the Atlas leaves the Q7 behind for fuel efficiency.

The four-cylinder 2023 Atlas delivers up to an EPA-estimated 21/25 MPG (City/Highway),2 and its V-6 delivers up to an EPA-estimated 18/24 MPG (City/Highway).2

The four-cylinder 2023 Audi Q7 delivers an EPA-estimated 19/25 MPG (City/Highway),3 and its six-cylinder offers an EPA-estimated 18/22 MPG (City/Highway).4

2023 VW Atlas vs. Audi Q7 Specs & Performance

Learn More About the 2023 VW Atlas Today

If you have any questions about the 2023 or 2022 VW Tiguan release or the differences between the VW Atlas vs. Audi Q8, please don't hesitate to contact us at Gunther Volkswagen Delray Beach. Our team is here to help you find a new VW SUV that exceeds all of your expectations.

When you're ready to make your purchase, our finance team can review any specials on used VW Atlas models going on now and lease deals on the current lineup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the VW Atlas the same as Audi Q7?

No, the Atlas and Q7 are not the same. The VW Atlas is a new SUV made by Volkswagen. While Audi as a brand is owned by Volkswagen, the Audi Q7 is not made by Volkswagen and, contrary to popular belief, does not share a platform with the Atlas.

When did VW introduce the Atlas?

The popular VW Atlas SUV first debuted in 2018 and is the largest SUV that Volkswagen currently produces. The VW Atlas is bigger than the VW Atlas Cross Sport, VW Tiguan, and VW Taos SUVs. If you are considering a VW Atlas Cross Sport, it shares the same wheelbase as the VW Atlas but is roughly three inches shorter.

What is the VW Atlas compared to?

The VW Atlas SUV offers an available IQ.DRIVE AWD system and provides up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seats folded down. This three-row, seven-seat SUV is commonly compared to the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.


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1This information is not verified by the official manufacturer and shall serve solely as unofficial general information. For details, visit: https://www.caranddriver.com/audi/q7/specs

2EPA estimates only. Your results will vary.

319 city/25 highway/21 combined MPG for 2023 Audi Q7 w/ 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

418 city/22 highway/20 combined MPG for 2023 Audi Q7 w/ 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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