2022 Volkswagen Atlas Review

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Review - It is fitting that the brand new Volkswagen Atlas takes its name from the Greek god charged with maintaining the sky from falling on people. Coming off the extremely publicized diesel-emissions scandal, VW needs a psychological win. Despite the media and customer kerfuffle, sales for the people's brand name are actually up until now in 2017, however that is mostly due to the arrival of the Golf Alltrack, a boomlet that at some point can fizzle. For this reason the need for the Atlas to prop up the brand.

Riding on the exact same flexible design that underpins the Golf, the Tennessee-built Atlas is a medium-large three-row SUV that fills a major gap in VW's profile. Not because the Routan-- a rebadged Dodge Grand Caravan that VW last marketed in 2013-- has there been a Volkswagen with greater than five seatbelts. Customers have been forced to look elsewhere for their family-hauling needs.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Review

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Review

Large by VW criteria, the Atlas's outer dimensions skew towards the burly end of the segment. General size is within an inch of the Ford Explorer and also the Nissan Pathfinder, but the VW has a longer wheelbase and makes outstanding use of its impact. 7 passengers, or 6 if buyers go with the late-availability second-row captain's chairs, have 153 cubic feet of room to share. That matches the Honda Pilot's indoor volume and overshadows that of the 10Best-winning Mazda CX-9 by 18 cubes, although it's shy of the Traveler's 155. With butts in all the seats, the Atlas has 21 cubic feet of cargo room, while a lot of rivals are in the teens.

Moving all that mass-- up to an estimated 4550 extra pounds-- is a job shouldered by a couple of engines: VW's ubiquitous EA888 turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as well as a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6. In this application, the turbo 4 makes 235 horsepower as well as 258 lb-ft of torque and also comes just with front-wheel drive. The narrow-angle V-6 benefits 276 horse power and also is offered with either front- or VW's 4MOTION four-wheel drive. We really did not have the opportunity to drive the four-cylinder, although it shouldn't be terribly pokey around community because its torque optimal is simply 8 lb-ft shy of the V-6's and also gets here 1150 rpm lower, at 1600 rpm. We anticipate the V-6 Atlas to strike 60 mph in about 7.6 seconds, which is a little quicker compared to the more expensive and smaller Touareg however well behind the Honda Pilot.

Luckily, the Atlas doesn't feel as big as it is. It owns smaller-- although not as tiny as a CX-9. Solid-mounted front and back subframes communicate framework actions, although the steering is almost mute. The all-wheel-drive Atlas features a dial selector for the obvious modes: Snow, Offroad, Customized Offroad, and also Onroad-- the latter offering four sub-modes including Eco, Regular, Sport, as well as Individual. When changing amongst them, one of the most visible distinction is the guiding in Sporting activity setting, which ups the heft. Still, we really did not find the Sporting activity steering as well heavy on our drive via Texas Hill Country's winding two-lanes, and also there is no straying on-center. Brake really feel, something commonly forgot in this class, is strong, as well, with prompt pedal feedback and an intuitive correlation between effort and quiting force.

The trip flirts with buttery standing on the basic 18-inch wheels. The top trim level rolls on 20s, which do not lessen the flight quality but do contribute to a visible boost in tire noise. The front seats are developed for long-haul comfort, with ample upper leg, lumbar, as well as shoulder assistance. The 60/40 split-folding 2nd row slides fore and aft, and it additionally folds up ahead, even with a child seat mounted to enable third-row access. Once in the wayback, adults will certainly discover lots of area and a proper seat elevation; the rearmost row is lacking just in headroom, so taller guests should slouch a little bit.
The base S model begins at $31,425 as well as comes with LED fronts lights, 18-inch wheels, and Apple CarPlay and also Android Car. Stepping up to SE trim brings faux-leather seats, blind-spot monitoring, distance access and also push-button begin, added 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 model, which will be restricted to a couple of thousand devices; it gets the upsized infomercial interface and also a panoramic sunroof or else booked for SEL trims.

The SEL starts at $40,085, or $41,815 for the V-6. Those looking to tow more than 2000 extra pounds will require the SEL V-6, which comes with a factory hitch and a 5000-pound towing capacity. VW additionally ups the radiator follower's electric motor from 600 to 850 watts as well as drops the lower grille shutters to make sure air is always going through the warmth exchangers. All SELs consist of driver-assist functions such as flexible cruise ship control, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision caution, and also park assist (just about the last are offered as a choice on the SE). The SEL Costs-- V-6, AWD only-- brings genuine natural leather, cooled pole positions and warmed second-row seats, a 12-speaker Fender audio system, and also 20-inch wheels, together with VW's variation of Audi's digital Virtual Cockpit, called Digital Display here. The digital collection functions similar as its Audi equivalent, but the map sight isn't really fairly as striking-- read: large-- and also the controls get on the ideal steering-wheel spoke, not the left.

The Atlas struts right into dealerships this June, fully capable of bearing the responsibility of delivering families and all their stuff as well as a large piece of VW's future in America. Like its name, this VW is strong sufficient to handle heavy training.

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