2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review - It is fitting that the all-new Volkswagen Atlas takes its name from the Greek god entrusted with maintaining the sky from landeding on mortals. Coming off the widely advertised diesel-emissions scandal, VW needs an emotional win. Despite the media and consumer kerfuffle, sales for the people's brand are in fact up until now in 2017, however that is mostly due to the arrival of the Golf Alltrack, a boomlet that eventually might fizzle. Therefore the requirement for the Atlas to prop up the brand.

Riding on the very same adaptable design that underpins the Golf, the Tennessee-built Atlas is a medium-large three-row SUV that fills a significant void in VW's portfolio. Not considering that the Routan-- a rebadged Dodge Grand Caravan that VW last marketed in 2013-- has actually there been a Volkswagen with more than 5 seat belts. Customers have actually been forced to look in other places for their family-hauling needs.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review

Huge by VW standards, the Atlas's outer dimensions alter toward the big end of the section. Total length is within an inch of the Ford Explorer and the Nissan Pathfinder, but the VW has a longer wheelbase and makes superb use its impact. 7 guests, or 6 if buyers select the late-availability second-row captain's chairs, have 153 cubic feet of area to share. That matches the Honda Pilot's interior volume and eclipses that of the 10Best-winning Mazda CX-9 by 18 dices, although it's timid of the Explorer's 155. With butts in all the seats, the Atlas has 21 cubic feet of freight room, while most rivals remain in the teenagers.

Moving all that mass-- up to an estimated 4550 extra pounds-- is a job carried by either engines: VW's common EA888 turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as well as a normally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6. In this application, the turbo four makes 235 horse power as well as 258 lb-ft of torque and comes only with front-wheel drive. The narrow-angle V-6 benefits 276 horse power as well as is available with either front- or VW's 4MOTION four-wheel drive. We really did not have the chance to own the four-cylinder, although it shouldn't be awfully pokey around town because its torque height is just 8 lb-ft reluctant of the V-6's and shows up 1150 rpm lower, at 1600 rpm. We anticipate the V-6 Atlas to hit 60 miles per hour in about 7.6 seconds, which is a little quicker compared to the more expensive and also smaller sized Touareg but well behind the Honda Pilot.

Thankfully, the Atlas doesn't feel as big as it is. It owns smaller sized-- although not quite as little as a CX-9. Solid-mounted front and also back subframes communicate chassis behaviors, although the guiding is all but mute. The all-wheel-drive Atlas features a dial selector for the obvious modes: Snow, Offroad, Personalized Offroad, and Onroad-- the latter offering four sub-modes including Eco, Normal, Sport, as well as Person. When switching among them, one of the most noticeable distinction is the guiding in Sporting activity setting, which ups the heft. Still, we didn't discover the Sport guiding too hefty on our drive via Texas Hill Nation's winding two-lanes, as well as there is no roaming on-center. Brake feel, something frequently ignored in this class, is solid, also, with prompt pedal response and also an intuitive connection in between effort and also stopping pressure.

The flight flirts with buttery standing on the standard 18-inch wheels. The leading trim level rolls on 20s, which do not reduce the flight top quality but do add to a recognizable rise in tire noise. The front seats are developed for long-haul convenience, with enough upper leg, lumbar, and shoulder assistance. The 60/40 split-folding second row slides fore and aft, as well as it additionally folds up onward, despite a child seat mounted to permit third-row gain access to. When in the wayback, grownups will discover plenty of space and a proper seat height; the rearmost row is doing not have just in clearance, so taller guests have to slouch a bit.
The base S model starts at $31,425 and also comes with LED fronts lights, 18-inch wheels, and also Apple CarPlay and also Android Car. Stepping up to SE trim brings faux-leather seats, blind-spot monitoring, distance entry and push-button start, additional USB ports, heated pole positions, and also an 8.0-inch touchscreen (up from 6.5) with satellite radio. Include $1400 for the six-cylinder S. There is also a V6 S Introduce version, which will be restricted to a couple of thousand devices; it obtains the upsized infotainment user interface as well as a scenic sunroof or else scheduled for SEL trims.

The SEL begins at $40,085, or $41,815 for the V-6. Those seeking to tow greater than 2000 extra pounds will need the SEL V-6, which comes with a manufacturing facility hitch and a 5000-pound towing ability. VW also ups the radiator fan's electric motor from 600 to 850 watts and also ditches the reduced grille shutters to make sure air is constantly going through the heat exchangers. All SELs include driver-assist features such as flexible cruise ship control, lane-keeping aid, forward-collision caution, and park assist (just about the last are readily available as an option on the SE). The SEL Premium-- V-6, AWD only-- brings genuine natural leather, cooled front seats and also warmed second-row seats, a 12-speaker Fender audio system, and also 20-inch wheels, along with VW's variation of Audi's digital Virtual Cockpit, called Digital Display below. The digital cluster features similar as its Audi counterpart, however the map view isn't really fairly as striking-- read: big-- as well as the controls are on the right steering-wheel spoke, not the left.

The Atlas struts right into car dealerships this June, fully with the ability of shouldering the duty of delivering families and all their things along with a big portion of VW's future in America. Like its name, this VW is strong sufficient to handle heavy training.

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