The Volkswagen Atlas is an all-new three-row crossover vehicle model. The 2018 model shows a lot of promise, and it will likely be a hit among consumers. The Atlas is the first three-row crossover VW has produced for the U.S. market. It was built to take on competitors such as the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Read on to find out how this model fares, along with the features sure to appeal to three-row SUV buyers.
The Atlas is offered in a variety of trim options include the base Launch, SE, SEL, and R-line trim lines. The Launch trim has a starting MSRP of $33,500. The SEL trim includes faux wood trim, 20-inch wheels, eight-inch display screen and leather seats but comes with a cost that approaches luxury three-row SUV models such as the Acura MDX. For a more sporty look, opt for the pricey Atlas R-Line trim package.
The Atlas is built with families in mind. The SUV has room for seven passengers and space for three child seats in the second row of seats. The second row can slide and fold forward even with car seats in place. The third row is relatively spacious, with a class leading 33.7 inches of third row leg room. All trims come standard with 17 cup holders.
The seating offers plenty of space and legroom, and the SE is equipped with faux-leather seats. The Atlas sports a comfortable ride that is perfect for long road trips with a lot of cargo. The 153.7 cubic-feet of interior volume can handle a lot of stuff, and there’s 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded down.
As with most new vehicles starting at over $33,000, the Atlas comes with an impressive array of interior features including MirrorLink connectivity, Android Auto and Apply CarPlay. The Atlas offers have a 6.5-inch touchscreen and an upgraded infotainment system. The SEL trim comes with a moon roof.
Safety features are typically a major aspect of buying this type of vehicle, and the Atlas offers some features worth considering. One of the most prominent safety details is a feature that forces the brakes to hold just after a collision. This is a preventative measure in case the vehicle is hit by multiple vehicles.
The advanced safety features are not optional with the primary SE version, but they do come with the SEL. These include auto-emergency brakes, adaptive cruise control, park assist, and lane departure alert. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is an option.
Exterior Features and Under the Hood
The standard wheels are 18 inches. LED headlamps are standard with this crossover, and LED taillights are available. The body comes with a hood that is flat and wide, giving the vehicle a sturdy appearance while still maintaining a modern crossover style.
The Atlas’ base engine is a 2.0-liter four cylinder that is turbocharged producing 235 horsepower, which is slightly underpowered for its size, but is more fuel-efficient. Its four-cylinder is still much more powerful than the naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines seen in the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander. The V6 option in the Atlas is a 3.6-liter, 276 horsepower engine. Estimated performance is 0 to 60 in 7.6 to 8 seconds, and top speed is 115 mph.
The all-new Volkswagen Atlas looks like a great vehicle for both long stretches and short excursions. The Atlas is stylish and functional, making it a probable winner with consumers.
For info on VW’s compact SUV models, check out our recent pieces on the updated Volkswagen Tiguan and new Golf SportWagen. And stay tuned for our forthcoming VW Atlas vs. the new Chevrolet Traverse comparison.