2021 Porsche Macan vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

The 2021 Porsche Macan offers fantastic handling, a strong V6 engine and outstanding build quality in the exterior and interior. How does it compare to the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, which has received praise for its roomy cabin, excellent warranty, array of tech and potent powertrains?

Design & Style

The Volkswagen Atlas displays a grille which is similar to the Cross Sport; it dips lower with chrome that is curvier than previous editions. The side profile is box shaped with a few door creases and the rear displays large raised letters which extend across the tailgate. The cabin features a horizontal dashboard that is wide and the upholstery displays bright flashes of color. The Porsche Macan is distinctive for its side blades which are a nice touch and look best in black or silver. A 3D light bar can also be seen in the rear, which is a signature of the brand. The dashboard within the cabin is elegantly presented and has lots of screens and buttons that drivers must learn how to use. The seats are extremely comfortable, providing excellent back support and look great in light or dark hues.

Technology & Safety

The Porsche Macan has a number of safety countermeasures, such as cruise control that is adaptive, emergency automatic brakes and gadgets which help prevent collisions before they occur. Luxury features are plentiful, including 10.9 inch displays, powered seats, Apple CarPlay, suede or leather upholstery, air suspensions and LED lights. The Volkswagen Atlas has received top marks from both the NHTSA and IIHS for its many safety features, which include a camera with surround view, lane and cruise control, multiple airbags and an automatic assistant that can help with traffic jams, which is indispensable in large cities known for traffic congestion.  Perks within its cabin include eight inch touchscreens, climate control that covers three zones, sunroof and premium audio.


The Volkswagen Atlas is quite the dynamo. It comes with a V6 engine that is 3.6 liter and capable of generating 276 horsepower. It also has all-wheel drive as well as an automatic eight speed transmission. The Porsche Macan answers with a turbo 4, 2 liter engine that can accelerate from zero to sixty in just 6.3 seconds. Each Macan is outfitted with a dual clutch seven speed transmission that can easily fire downshifts when desired.

The Bottom Line

While the Volkswagen is a well-designed car, the Porsche has multiple advantages. Its touchscreens are larger, its engine is more powerful and the Atlas is not that fuel efficient, so the Macan is the winner.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Macan Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2021 Porsche Macan offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche Macan test drive appointment.


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