If you’re looking for a three-row family crossover that boasts a ton space during a reasonable price, a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas needs to be on your list. The interior is enormous, braggadocio adequate newcomer space to absolutely fit even 6-footers in all 3 rows. There should even be adequate room for their luggage, that is rare. At a same time, a Atlas is competitively priced, well-equipped and boasts an industry-best six-year/72,000-mile warranty.
In other words, a Atlas does a good pursuit of providing a basis for a flourishing family. In fact, we journey it represents a best value in a many simple form. When a cost rises, you’re some-more expected to notice a sub-par interior quality, lifeless design, underpowered engines and scarcely stretch ride. It’s positively one to consider, nonetheless also not a category leader.
What’s new for 2019?
Every Atlas now comes customary with brazen collision warning with walking showing and involuntary puncture braking, and blind-spot warning, involuntary LED headlights and involuntary wipers. The SE now includes tri-zone meridian control, while a SEL gets Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, integrated navigation and a exhilarated steering circle standard. There are also dual new trim levels, SE R-Line and SEL R-Line, that are effectively coming packages.
What’s a interior and in-car record like?
Interior materials and altogether ambiance are a tiny disappointing. There is typically stern German pattern and afterwards there’s usually plain – a Atlas skews toward a latter. That’s generally loyal in a reduce trims, nonetheless even swapping out a S and SE’s china cosmetic accent trim (pictured right) for a startling wood-like piece of a SEL (pictured left) doesn’t snazz things adult enough. The peculiarity of plastics, quite on a core console, is worse than what you’d find in opposition SUVs. Upmarket interiors used to be a Volkswagen trademark. Today, it’s space and value, that competence be excellent for many shoppers.
In-car record is a improved situation. Even a bottom Atlas S we tested includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a touchscreen that’s easy to use and see, if a bit tiny during 6.5 inches. There’s usually one USB port, however. Stepping adult to a SE trim adds an additional 3 USB ports, satellite radio and an eight-inch touchscreen with effectively a same interface as a 6.5-inch one. That’s a infotainment conditions for all a top trim levels, nonetheless a SEL does exaggerate a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that replaces a customary sign cluster with one digital display. It can copy unchanging gauges, or minimize them to uncover a vast navigation map, audio interface or other display.
How large is it?
The Atlas is enormous. Quite simply, if we need some-more space than this, we unequivocally have no choice nonetheless to go with a minivan or a full-size SUV like a Ford Expedition XL. Even a Chevrolet Traverse, that surpasses a Atlas in many dimensions, isn’t so many bigger to unequivocally matter.
Like competitors, there is a second quarrel three-person dais chair accessible for an eight-passenger ability or captain’s chairs with a seven-person capacity. We’ve tested examples with a bench, that is 60/40-split and slides serve front and abaft than those of competitors. This allows we to move children in automobile seats closer to mom and dad, or giveaway adult even some-more third quarrel legroom. They also concede for a many incomparable pass by to a third quarrel than other crossovers can manage.
Not usually is it easier to get into a Atlas’ third row, it is some-more atmospheric once we get behind there. As we fact in a video above, someone 6-foot-3 has some-more than adequate head- and legroom in a third row. True, we substantially won’t be stuffing NBA indicate guards behind there, nonetheless whoever is in a approach behind will be reduction close and usually generally happier.
As for load capacity, as we can see in a luggage exam video below, a Atlas’ 20.6 cubic-feet of space behind that lifted third quarrel authorised us to reserve 3 carry-on drum suitcases, one mid-size check-in container and an overnight bag. That people-to-luggage ratio should be flattering tough to kick in a three-row crossover.
Now, if there’s lots of space with all rows raised, it shouldn’t be startling that trend continues when we reduce them. With 96.8 cubic-feet of limit load space, a Atlas is usually outdone by a Traverse (barely), minivans, and those full-size SUVs.
What’s a opening and fuel economy?
Only a front-wheel-drive Atlas S in bottom trim comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That outlay arrives progressing in a rev range, definition it indeed feels a bit quicker off a line than a V6 found in all other trims. It’s also literally quicker than a range-topping SEL, given a SEL’s additional apparatus formula in a many heftier quell weight.
As for that 3.6-liter V6, it produces 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, definition both accessible engines are underpowered for a segment. Like a four-cylinder, an eight-speed involuntary is standard, nonetheless distinct it, we can mention front- or “4Motion” all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy is 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg total with FWD and 17/23/19 with AWD. Those total are low for a segment. The 2.0T engine is normal during 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, nonetheless again, it too is underpowered and also usually accessible on a bottom S with front-wheel drive.
What’s it like to drive?
The bottom S trim turn doesn’t humour for a four-cylinder engine as you’d competence expect. Acceleration can indeed be quicker than a V6 indication and we found that carrying reduction weight to projection around creates a bottom trim lighter on a feet and partially tossable around corners.
That said, probably each Atlas you’ll find on a dealer lot will have a V6, and a acceleration is never as sprightly as you’d find in many competitors. Handling is also a bit ponderous, both in comparison to a four-cylinder indication and opposition SUVs. The steering is during slightest agreeably linear in bid and giveaway from a extra-numb on-center feel of other Volkswagens.
As for a ride, it’s really springy. The Atlas end and floats over undulations, nonetheless greets manholes and damaged cement with customary Germanic firmness. The additional pounds combined by a SEL settle those high seas physique motions a bit, nonetheless a Atlas’ float is excessively soft.
What some-more can we review about a Volkswagen Atlas?
We exam a cheapest chronicle of a Atlas: a S trim with front-wheel drive, a four-cylinder engine, cloth seats and few gadgets and gizmos.
We exam a priciest chronicle of a Atlas: a SEL with a 3.6-liter V6, all-wheel expostulate and all a gadgets and gizmos.
Read this to puncture deeper into a Atlas’ pattern and engineering, and a initial pushing impressions.
What facilities are accessible and what’s a price?
Pricing for a 2019 VW Atlas starts during $31,890, including a $995 end charge. That’s for a front-wheel-drive bottom S trim level, that comes customary with 18-inch amalgamate wheels, involuntary LED headlights, involuntary wipers, exhilarated mirrors, roof rails, collision deterrence technologies (see Safety territory below), dual-zone involuntary meridian control, a six-way primer motorist seat, cloth upholstery, one USB port, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a six-speaker sound system. Opting for all-wheel expostulate also adds a V6 engine to a Atlas S.
Given a relations default of apparatus enclosed on a bottom trim, we’d pattern many folks would find a $36,490 SE trim to be a honeyed spot. It adds an eight-way energy motorist seat, unnatural leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, vicinity entrance and push-button start, back sunshades, 4 USB ports, an eight-inch touchscreen, an eight-speaker sound complement and satellite radio.
Features are ramped adult even serve with a SE Technology package ($38,290), SEL trim ($42,390) and SEL Premium ($49,390) to emanate a car versed likewise to a oppulance model.
You can see a finish relapse of Atlas features, specs and internal pricing here on Autoblog.
What’s a reserve apparatus and pile-up ratings?
Every 2019 VW Atlas comes customary with brazen collision warning with walking showing and involuntary puncture braking, blind-spot and back cross-traffic warning, a rearview camera and a customary collection of airbags. Lane-keeping assist, adaptive journey control and an involuntary parking facilities are available.
In supervision crash tests, a Atlas scored a ideal 5 stars for overall, frontal and side pile-up protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a best probable ratings in all pile-up tests, and a rating of “Superior” for a frontal pile-up impediment systems. It fell brief of a Top Safety Pick endowment due to a “Marginal” headlight rating.