2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review: The New Beast Dominating the Roads
The midsize 3-row SUV segment continues to be a fan favorite in the American market, with the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas being the latest entrants. Models such as the Toyota Sequoia, Ford Explorers and Honda Pilots have previously dominated this genre but the VW Atlas – still fresh on the scene – possesses unmatchable characters and features that are unique amongst its peers.
If bigger really is better, then the 2019 Volkswagen model is undoubtedly one of the best. Gone are the soft and smooth lines found on the previous Touaregs and in their place are sharper edges of the 2019 Atlas that ooze strength and masculinity.
The model is redefining what a 7-passenger SUV can do based on its precise and smooth driving and its highly accommodating cabin space. The cabin boasts an impressive family-friendly utility that is highly accessible and spacious, with each row large enough for kids and adults to sit comfortably.
Introducing the New 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
The 2019 VW Atlas tore through the world of family SUVs with tons of advantages. Since it’s an all-new model, not a lot has changed in terms of the Car-Net 2.0 and the Wi-Fi hotspot, but you can expect to be happily surprised by the new technology implementations.
Here, you and your family members will be able to plug in your Smartphones via the Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect and access all your favorite apps and channels. The Car-Net app also lets you monitor and even locate your vehicle remotely. You can also lock and unlock your doors, and even ask for roadside assistance whenever and wherever you break down.
Atlas holds calligraphic and angular interiors and high views out of the front seats. The front seats are also incredibly supportive and the panoramic view is one to behold. Additionally, this model includes a digital cockpit, an automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, a heated steering wheel standard, and an integrated navigation system. These new upgrades not only keep your family entertained, but they help you stay en route at all times – be it day or night.
You want your family to be safe during your travels and that’s why the new VW Atlas has ensured this family-friendly model caters to this and more. The interior design not only offers a welcoming leg-room space to help you and your passengers get comfortable, but its massive 33.7 inches of third-row space enables not only kids but even adults to have enough room to stretch and relax.
The second-row seating can host up to three adults or kids with plenty of areas to wiggle about. Additionally, space can accommodate up to three child seats, making it the perfect car for growing families. If you are looking for additional space in the back for your shopping bags, luggage or sports gear, simply fold down both the second and third row of seats.
Safety Rating of the VW Atlas
This V-6 powered Atlas comes armed with driver-assistance technology that will keep you and your family safe at all times while you are on the road.
Some incredible upgrades you’ll find include the automated emergency braking that will bring the car to an immediate stop in a matter of seconds. The Atlas also features forward-collision warning that automatically lets you know when you are too close to anything.
Additionally, the new Volkswagen Atlas is armed with blind-spot monitoring, an adaptive cruise control and a rear cross-traffic alert. To add sugar to the deal, every buyer will also be warranted with a four-year bumper-to-bumper warranty or 50,000 miles coverage. To wrap the deal up, VW Atlas also offers two years of regular and scheduled maintenance at no extra charge.
This model has an incredible command of the road and its engines bring this massive beast to a roar. VW Atlas is available with one of two engines – a turbocharged 235 horsepower 4-cylinder or a 276-hp V6.
However, both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that seamlessly shifts and harnesses any power, especially when in Sports mode. It has an incredible fuel economic and standard features that are simply not available on its closest rivals.
Keep in mind that the all-wheel drive is only offered with the V6. When tested, the V-6 Atlas delivered 24 mpg highway and 17 mpg city, while the four-cylinder model returned 27 mpg highways and 20 mpg city.
Atlas Performance and Standard Features
No matter what trim you select, the Atlas comes ready to perform. It’s able to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 7.6 seconds for the all-wheel-drive V6 model and 7.2 seconds for a four-cylinder front-wheel drive. You’ll never feel underpowered when you are driving this car!
Atlas also responds to your every steering inputs without fail. It’s very obedient on the highway and the thick wheels absorb all pothole and rough road shocks.
Available Trim Versions
The Volkswagen Atlas is available with three distinct trims: S, SE and SEL with the varying prices:
- S: $31,900
- SE: $36,500
- SEL: 42,400
Although the SE costs a bit more than the S, we think its additional extras make it worth the extra costs. It includes a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, heated front seats inclusive of power for the driver, a keyless ignition with passive entry, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and three additional USB ports.
The SEL is the most expensive trim and includes unique features such as a V6 engine, four USB ports, maneuver braking, park distance control, side mirrors with memory features, driver seat memory, power tilting and a Discover Media touchscreen navigation system.
More of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas will enable you to move through many hurdles without any discomfort – you’ll barely feel anything even on those rough roads. It has just enough out-of-the-mainstream characteristics – such as the generous 4year/50,000 mile warranty, blind-spot monitoring, 78.3-inch width and 21 cubic feet of storage space behind its third row of seats – to make it worth a closer look to anyone shopping for performance and comfort.
The VW Atlas shines just bright enough to make it a worthy competitor and a viable alternative to the standard minivans for families. Plus, it has a good balance on price and performance. The interior is vast and cozy while its exterior is daring and aggressive-looking. All in all, the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a solid choice in the crossover market. Not only does it drive like a truck, but it’s built like one too!
For more information on the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and any other Volkswagen models, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our automotive experts at Muller Volkswagen located in Highland Park, IL or give us a call at (847) 380-3825.