Ranking Volkswagen’s 2023 SUV Lineup
Volkswagen is one of the most popular automakers in the world, and naturally, the German company has plenty of cars in its lineup. As far as SUVs go, the automaker has four gas-powered SUVs and one electric SUV, and they’re all fairly decent options. Here’s a look at Volkswagen’s 2023 SUV lineup and how they stack up compared to one another.
Here’s how Volkswagen’s four gas-powered SUVs from 2023 stack up
Edmunds recently reviewed and rated the SUVs from Volkswagen’s 2023 lineup, and unsurprisingly, the cars did fine for the most part. The Taos is the smallest and cheapest VW SUV, as it competes in the subcompact crossover segment. The car critic gave it a very good review, as it received an overall score of 8.1 out of 10. This made it the best SUV in its segment.
The Tiguan, meanwhile, is a compact crossover, but it’s different from most other compact SUVs on the market. It has three rows of seats, but this wasn’t enough to push the Tiguan above its rivals. It got an overall score of 7.6 out of 10, which made it the worst compact SUV with three rows of seats.
Then there’s the Atlas Cross Sport. It’s a midsize SUV, and it received an overall score of 7.9 out of 10.
Overall, the Atlas Cross Sport is just a slightly smaller version of the Atlas. The Atlas is a midsize crossover SUV, and it’s the largest SUV in Volkswagen’s American lineup. It received an overall score of 8 out of 10, and that made it the fourth best option in the midsize SUV with three rows of seats segment.
Why those scores are good news for Volkswagen and VW shoppers
As some folks may have noticed, those four gas-powered VW SUVs received fairly similar scores compared to one another. The Taos had the best score, as it got an 8.1 out of 10, while the Tiguan got the worst, as it got a 7.6 out of 10. That’s a difference of only 0.5 points, and on top of that, the average score between the four SUVs comes out as 7.9 out of 10.
While it should be no surprise that the Atlas and the Atlas Cross Sport received almost identical scores, this is still good news for the German automaker. It shows car shoppers that Volkswagen, as a brand, is a consistent brand that can reliably build cars of good or great quality.
Car shoppers may even take that idea and apply it to VW’s other cars. After all, if the company is consistent with its quality with its SUVs, then it’s likely a similar story for its sedans.
Here’s what those four Volkswagen SUVs had in common with one another
Unsurprisingly, the VW SUVs have similar scores largely because they have similar pros and cons. For example, all four SUVs were praised for their interior. Edmunds liked how spacious the interior was, both for passengers and for cargo. On top of that, Volkswagen’s infotainment system was praised for how impressive it was and how it’s easy-to-use.
On the other hand, one of the big flaws between the four SUVs has to do with their powertrains. VW has different SUV engines, but they’re all lackluster for one reason or another.
For example, the Atlas and the Atlas Cross Sport both have bad fuel economies, and even with their optional V6 engines, both are slow in terms of acceleration. The Tiguan also has a sluggish engine, and the Taos’ transmission is slow when it comes to downshifting.