2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sedona are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Volkswagen Atlas doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Sedona has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Atlas doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Sedona (except LX)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Atlas doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sedona and the Atlas have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Sedona is safer than the Volkswagen Atlas:

Sedona

Atlas

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

34%

Neck Stress

196 lbs.

441 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sedona is safer than the Volkswagen Atlas:

Sedona

Atlas

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

29

57

Hip Force

253 lbs.

345 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

131

144

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

256

279

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

619 lbs.

800 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Sedona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Atlas’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sedona 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Atlas. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Atlas ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 18 percent more Kia dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sedona’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sedona’s reliability 45 points higher than the Atlas.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona first among minivans in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Atlas isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 9th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 18 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 41 more horsepower (276 vs. 235) than the Atlas’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Sedona is faster than the Volkswagen Atlas V6:

Sedona

Atlas

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

20.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.7 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

89 MPH

Top Speed

122 MPH

116 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Sedona gets better fuel mileage than the Atlas FWD V6 (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sedona uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Atlas requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sedona has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Atlas (21.1 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sedona stops much shorter than the Atlas:

Sedona

Atlas

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Sedona has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Atlas’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Sedona has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sedona flat and controlled during cornering. The Atlas’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sedona’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Atlas (120.5 inches vs. 117.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Atlas.

Passenger Space

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The Sedona offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Atlas can only carry 7.

The Sedona has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 8.1 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom, 1.1 inches more third row legroom, 4.9 inches more third row hip room and 4.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Atlas.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sedona’s middle and third row seats recline. The Atlas’ third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Sedona is 1.7 inches lower than the Atlas (16.3” vs. 18”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Sedona’s cargo area provides more volume than the Atlas.

Sedona

Atlas

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

20.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

78.4 cubic feet

55.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

96.8 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sedona easier. The Sedona’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Atlas’ liftover is 29.7 inches.

The Sedona’s cargo area is larger than the Atlas’ in almost every dimension:

Sedona

Atlas

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

22.5”/55.3”/91”

23.8”/53”/85”

Max Width

50”

61.6”

Min Width

48”

45”

Height

45.1”

37.5”

The Sedona has a standard Sinking Seat third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Atlas doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Payload and Towing

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The Sedona’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Atlas’ (3500 vs. 2000 pounds).

The Sedona has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Atlas (1674 vs. 1213 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Sedona (except LX)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Atlas doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sedona has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Atlas only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sedona owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sedona will cost $850 less than the Atlas over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sedona is less expensive to operate than the Atlas because it costs $91 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sedona than the Atlas, including $455 less for a water pump, $385 less for a muffler, $76 less for front brake pads, $502 less for a starter, $202 less for fuel injection, $72 less for a fuel pump, $265 less for front struts, $659 less for a timing belt/chain and $947 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Sedona will be $278 to $4414 less than for the Volkswagen Atlas.

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