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December 10, 2021
Posted by Chloe Taylor

2022 Volvo XC90 Vs. 2022 Volkswagen Atlas: What Is The Most Reliable SUV To Lease?

If you’re looking to lease a car that is much reliable and designed to deliver satisfactory performance and superior build quality, few cars should come to mind. One of such few cars includes Volvo and Volkswagen. But if you’re looking for an SUV for the whole family, narrowing your option between leasing the 2022 Volvo XC90 and the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas lease deal fits the bill better.

A few cars are renowned for superior build quality and great reliability, but Volvo and Volkswagen stand out. Talk about leasing a long-lasting car with excellent gas mileage, and you have to pick from either of the two. So, if you want a reliable midsize SUV, is leasing the 2022 Volvo XC90 a more reliable option than leasing the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas?

To help you make a more informed decision, here’s all you need to know about these cars and how their stack up against each other.

What’s New

From when it made its first debut in 2018, Volkswagen has given the Atlas so many changes that include updated styling and more standard niceties and tech features. The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas remains the largest model in the 2022 VW lineup. This three-row midsize SUV was built to meet the needs of many American families looking to lease a family-friendly and reliable SUV.

For 2022, the Atlas comes with some notable changes, especially with the trim levels. The 2022 Atlas lineup comes with a new base model. After VW dumped the S model, the SE trim is the new base model. The new Atlas boasts many exciting standard features, including a new 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster, third-row USB-C ports, a trailer hitch, and an optional black 20-inch wheel package.

Higher up the trim, the 2022 Atlas SEL models now afford standard 20-inch wheels and an R-Line Black package.

On the other hand, the largest SUV in the 2022 Volvo lineup, the XC90, is the first Volvo’s SUV introduced for the 2003 model year. The XC90’s second generation debuted in 2016. For 2022, the new XC90 is still part of this midsize SUV’s second generation. It comes with many updates and upgrades to make it better than the outgoing model.

The new XC90 receives some new standard features and upgraded options packages. It now affords an updated exterior styling as Volvo has dumped the XC90’s visible tailpipes. A built-in navigation system, rearview mirror, and headlight cleaning system are standard across all 2022 XC90 trims, while the integrated compass is removed from the standard features. Volvo has also made some content adjustments in Advanced and Climate packages. The Advanced package is now stacked with a head-up display, enhanced air purifier, and 360-degree camera, while the Climate package now comes with heated steering and heated rear seats.

Powertrain And Transmission

The 2022 Volvo XC90 offers more powertrain options that deliver more power and torque than what you will get when you lease the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas. However, both midsize SUVs use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

All models in the 2022 XC90 come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 2.0-liter turbo-four tuned in many models to offer improved power. In the T5 models, this turbo-four generates 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with FWD standard. The 2022 XC90 T6 models take this same turbo-four and add supercharging, resulting in a 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. Finally, the Recharge T8 e takes the T6 powertrain system and adds an electric motor, pushing to 400 hp and 472 lb-ft.

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas offers two engine options. The new Atlas comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The second powertrain is a 3.6-liter V6 that churns out 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Both of these powertrains are hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to either the front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Handling And Performance

While the 2022 XC90 and the 2022 Atlas are far from being performance SUVs, they still ride comfortably and handle nicely despite their sizes. The steering is very responsive, as the SUVs are composed on the highway and agile in the city. However, the Atlas delivers a more comfortable ride as the XC90’s ride quality suffers a huge setback on models with large wheels.

Fuel Economy

The Volkswagen Atlas might be a more reliable SUV, but if you want a fuel-efficient SUV, you should consider leasing the 2022 Volvo XC90. The XC90 offers slightly better gas mileage numbers than some of its close rivals, including the Atlas.

The base model of the 2022 XC90, the T5, earns an EPA estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway FWD while the number drops to 20/28 mpg with the AWD models. Higher up, the T6 AWD numbers stand at 19/27 mpg, while the most efficient powertrain from the hybrid Recharge T8 eAWD gets 26/28 mpg city/highway.

The Atlas suffers from poor fuel economy as it barely escapes being grouped with the gas sippers in the segment. The most fuel-efficient engine, the four-cylinder powertrain, gets an estimated rating of 21 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with FWD and 20/24 mpg with AWD. The thirstier but faster V6 gets 18/24 mpg with FWD and 17/23 mpg with AWD.


Inside, the 2022 XC90 affords a more attractive design, high-quality materials, and soft-touch surfaces to reaffirm that it is not just a mainstream SUV but a luxury three-row SUV. While the Volvo Atlas still affords some high-quality materials and interesting designs, it is nothing compared to what the XC90 offers.

The cabin is quiet, with supremely comfortable seats. While both SUVs offer third-row seats that are very comfortable for adults, the Atlas, with cabin comfort as its main focus, offers legroom and headroom space. The Atlas has more passenger and cargo space compared to the XC90. However, the XC90 boasts of more standard tech features.

If you’re shopping for a family-friendly three-row SUV, both the 2022 Volvo XC90 and 2022 Volkswagen Atlas should be on your list. To lease any of these midsize SUVs at unbeatable lease rates, contact VIP Auto, 1204 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

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