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2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV

2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Overview

The standard features of the Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T S include 2.0L I-4 235hp intercooled turbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Side Curtain Protection curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, Climatronic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Volkswagen
Atlas SUV

Starting at: $30,500

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 20 deg
  • Departure angle - 22 deg
  • Ground clearance (max) - 203mm (8.0")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 18 deg
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 6.5"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 72 months/72,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/72,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 235hp @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 258 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 82.5mm x 92.8mm (3.25" x 3.65")
  • Compression ratio - 9.60 to 1
  • Exterior length - 5,037mm (198.3")
  • Exterior body width - 1,989mm (78.3")
  • Exterior height - 1,778mm (70.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,979mm (117.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.8m (19.0')
  • Front legroom - 1,054mm (41.5")
  • Rear legroom - 955mm (37.6")
  • 3rd row legroom - 856mm (33.7")
  • Front headroom - 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Rear headroom - 1,026mm (40.4")
  • 3rd row headroom - 973mm (38.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,478mm (58.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,473mm (58.0")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,146mm (45.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,562mm (61.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,544mm (60.8")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,394mm (54.9")
  • Passenger volume - 4,352L (153.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 583 L (21 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,741 L (97 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 235hp @ 4,500RPM
  • Torque - 258 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Tiptronic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.6gal.
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.0T S 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 2.0T S Search New $30,500   235-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  No Data  
3.6L V6 S 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 S Search New $31,900   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
3.6L V6 Launch Edition 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 Launch Edition Search New $33,500   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
2.0T SE 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 2.0T SE Search New $33,590   235-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  No Data  
3.6L V6 S 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 S Search New $33,700   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  
3.6L V6 SE 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 SE Search New $34,990   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
3.6L V6 Launch Edition 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 Launch Edition Search New $35,300   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  
3.6L V6 SE 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 SE Search New $36,790   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  
2.0T SEL 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 2.0T SEL Search New $39,160   235-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  No Data  
3.6L V6 SEL 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 SEL Search New $40,890   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
3.6L V6 SEL 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 SEL Search New $42,690   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  
3.6L V6 SEL Premium 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 3.6L V6 SEL Premium Search New $48,490   276-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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On the road, an Atlas feels lighter than expected for a vehicle of its size and weight. Even with optional 20-inch tires mounted, occupants can anticipate a soft ride. Untroubled by undulating pavement, the fully independent suspension absorbs bumps capably and confidently.

Feeling like a smaller vehicle, the Atlas ranks among class leaders for roadgoing behavior. When pushed assertively into a curve or corner, this crossover remains composed and refined.

Though far from frugal by today’s fuel-efficiency standards, the smooth, near-silent V6 is both muscular and refined. With several passengers aboard a 4,500-pound vehicle, acceptable acceleration even with the V6 may require hearty stabs at the gas pedal.

Steering can be adjusted for a heavier feel, while the transmission may be altered to downshift quicker. Despite 8-inch ground clearance, the Atlas is not intended for more than the mildest off-road treks. Also, the tires don’t grip well in slippery mud on unpaved roads. With a factory towing package, an Atlas is rated to haul 5,000 pounds.

Fuel economy with V6 power ranks with the worst-in-class. The all-wheel-drive Atlas EPA-rated at 17/23 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined. Front-drive raises that estimate to 18/25/20 mpg. Estimates are not yet available for the four-cylinder engine.

Walk Around

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Wide, flared fenders and modestly angular design elements might suggest the top Jeep SUV. With its overall conservative appearance, however, the Atlas is closer to Volkswagen’s two-row Touareg model, despite the latter’s more European look.

Some muscular details are evident, coupled with a wide stance, yet the Atlas tends to look a little smaller than its actual dimensions would imply. Every Atlas has full LED headlights flanking a wide grille, while LED taillights are optional.

Interior Overview

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Conservative design extends into the cabin, which combines clean lines with logical layout. The driver’s compartment might lack pizzazz, but everything is easy to use and intuitive. The cabin is impressively spacious and versatile, functional and easy to use.

Compared to nearly every rival, the Atlas cabin seems low-budget, however. Even the top model (SEL Premium) gets curious-looking simulated wood, while its leather upholstery looks more like vinyl. Some of the plastic trim looks mediocre. Volkswagen interior used to be among the best, but cost-cutting to make pricing more competitive is evident.

Standing out on the dashboard, Volkswagen’s Car-Net infotainment system works with an 8.0-inch screen. Unfortunately, its glass tends to highlight fingerprints. SEL Premium trim gets a full LCD instrument cluster, shunning conventional gauges.

All three seating rows promise stretch-out space. Large front seats give the driver and passenger good leg support, helped by an uncommonly long cushion.

Even the third row is relatively roomy. Capable of transporting average-size adults, that rearmost seat warrants best-in-class honors, though its cushion sits rather low.

The second-row bench slides fore/aft, to ease access to the rear compartment. Optional captain’s chairs can replace the three-place bench, reducing capacity from seven passengers to six.

Road noise is apparent, but cargo space excels.

Summary

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The Volkswagen Atlas drives very well and is long on utility. The interior appears low-budget, however. Though costly, Atlas excels in available technology. Best choice may be the Atlas SE with Technology Package, which includes several valuable safety features. Buyers also get an excellent warranty.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Atlas 2.0T S ($30,500), the base model, has the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Cloth-upholstered seats, a rearview camera, 6.5-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard. So are six-speaker audio, LED headlights, and power windows/locks.

Atlas 3.6L V6 S ($31,900) substitutes the 3.6-liter V6 engine. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $925 destination charge.)

4Motion all-wheel drive ($1,800) is available for all V6 versions.

Atlas 2.0T SE ($33,590) adds leatherette upholstery, an 8.0-inch screen, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, and a power driver’s seat. Atlas 3.6L V6 SE ($34,900) contains the V6.

Atlas 3.6L V6 Launch Edition ($33,500) adds a panoramic moonroof, satellite radio, and footwell lighting.

Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology Package ($35,690) includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and auto-dimming mirror. Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology ($37,090) substitutes V6 engine.

Atlas 2.0T SEL ($39,160) gets a panoramic moonroof, power tailgate, power passenger seat, driver’s seat memory, front/rear park-distance control, and automatic emergency braking. Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL ($40,890) substitutes V6 power.

Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium ($48,490) has V6 and all-wheel drive, along with leather upholstery, navigation, power-folding mirrors, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, Fender audio, surround-view camera, and 20-inch wheels. A 12.3-inch screen replaces the regular instrument cluster.

Optional captain’s chairs can replace the three-seat rear bench in SE and SEL models.

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