2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

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Safety

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The Atlas has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XT6 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Atlas 4Motion’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The XT6 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Atlas and the XT6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Atlas’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XT6’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Atlas for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XT6.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Atlas’ engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the XT6’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 3 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Atlas’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT6:

Atlas

XT6

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.6 inches

The Atlas stops shorter than the XT6:

Atlas

XT6

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Atlas has larger standard tires than the XT6 (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R20).

Suspension and Handling

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The Atlas’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XT6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas’ wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the XT6 (117.3 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the XT6.

For better maneuverability, the Atlas’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the XT6’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Atlas has a 1.35 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT6 (8 vs. 6.65 inches), allowing the Atlas to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Volkswagen Atlas may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Cadillac XT6.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 8.1 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room, 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row headroom, 4.2 inches more third row legroom, 5.6 inches more third row hip room and 1.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas’ cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.

Atlas

XT6

Behind Third Seat

20.6 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.5 cubic feet

43.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

96.8 cubic feet

78.7 cubic feet

Towing

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The Atlas’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’s (2000 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Cadillac XT6 is only 4000 pounds. The Atlas offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Atlas’ front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT6’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. The driver of the XT6 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XT6 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The XT6’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Atlas SEL/SEL Premium/R-Line’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Atlas to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XT6 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The Atlas (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the Cadillac XT6 by over seven to one during 2019.

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