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2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Buick Enclave Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Basic Warranty

  6 yr./ 72000 mi.

Front Head Room

  41.3 in.

2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave

Basic Warranty

  4 yr./ 50000 mi.

Front Head Room

  41.0 in.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Buick Enclave

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The best three-row midsize SUVs offer a nice balance of spaciousness and nimble handling. Two top models are the all-new 2018 VW Atlas and the redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave. These two models are very competitive, with similar interior volume, exterior dimensions and quiet ride. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll discover that Atlas has certain advantages that make it the better vehicle and the better value.


Both the Atlas and the Enclave seat seven occupants, but the similarity in seating ends there. Atlas seats three in the second row and two in the back row. The configuration provides easy access to the back, and all the seats offer generous space. The rear seats fold completely flat to provide a flat cargo area, and unlike some third rows, the Atlas back seats offer extra leg and head room. The Enclave seats two in the second row and three in the back row, making the back cramped and hard to access.

Driving Modes

The 2018 Atlas with all-wheel drive provides four driving modes: Onroad, Snow, Offroad and Custom Offroad. You can set these to customize the responsiveness and performance of Atlas to match driving conditions. In addition, Atlas provides a Sport Mode that sharpens steering, quickens throttle and transmission response, and modifies how the adaptive cruise control responds. These features aren’t found on Enclave.


Atlas scored a 5-Star Rating on frontal crashes versus 4 Stars for Enclave. Atlas offers a full roster of safety features, starting with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that slows down the vehicle after a crash in order to reduce additional impacts. Intelligent Crash Response System not only deploys the airbags, but also unlocks the doors and activates the hazard lights. Other safety features include Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution, Electronic Stability Control, Front Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Pilot, Area View, Light Assist and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Enclave offers only some of these safety features

We’d love for you to visit our VW dealership to test drive the all-new 2018 Atlas. You’ll appreciate our respectful customer service that aims to satisfy, so stop in today!

*Starting MSRP of $30,750 for a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas S 2.0L TSI® with 8-speed automatic transmission. Model shown is a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL Premium with 4MOTION® 3.6L with 8-speed automatic transmission with a starting MSRP of $48,740. Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

**22 city/26 highway mpg (2018 Atlas S 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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