The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas receives notable improvements even though it debuted just last year. The three-row SUV is traditionally shaped inside and out, yet details throughout the vehicle effectively distinguish it and help justify its lofty price.
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The 2019 Atlas tends to be well stocked, so you’ll likely have several to choose from at any one dealership.
Current offers are regional and available through October 31, 2019. Our examples are based on those for the Western States.
You won’t see it advertised, but dealers are being incentivized to discount in-stock inventory by as much as $4,250 for 2019 V6 SEL and higher trims, $4,000 for 2019 V6 SE trims, $3,000 for 2.0T SE trims, or $1,750 for all 2019 S trims.
These discounts aren’t available in connection with the promotional financing rates featured below, though there’s a similar dealer financing bonus valued at up to $3,250 that you can try for if you want to take advantage of those rates. Neither dealer incentive is automatic, so it’s up to you to make sure you get that deal.
In addition, a $500 bonus is available for qualified military and first responders, and new college graduates (i.e. graduated in the past 24 months) with proof of permanent, full-time income are eligible to receive a $500 credit on new financing or lease contracts signed with Volkswagen Credit.
Get 1.9% APR:
Well-qualified shoppers can finance a new 2019 Atlas from 1.9% APR for up to 60 months.
There's also room to negotiate up to $3,250 off for V6 SE Tech trims, $3,000 for V6 SEL and higher trims, $2,500 for non-Tech V6 SE trims, or $1,000 for S trims. That’s the amount dealers are being incentivized by the manufacturer for new financing, but they’re not required to pass those savings onto you.
Similarly, if you’re shopping in an area without access to these low rates, be sure to be a strong negotiator on price because dealers in those regions have been authorized to discount their Atlas inventories instead.
Leasing a 2019 Atlas SE V6 starts at $289 per month for 39 months with $3,499 due at signing. The offer comes with an allowance of 10,000 miles per year and represents a great value.
Outside of Western states, leases tend to be around $10-20/month more expensive. Opting for all-wheel drive often adds about $30-40/month in most cases regardless of where you live.
This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.
Prices vary by style
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Volkswagen’s first family-sized utility vehicle is the Atlas, a mid-size SUV with room for seven. The 2019 VW Atlas offers decent value, an excellent warranty, and comfortable ride quality. It isn’t especially fast and, like competing models, prices rise quickly with the top-trim models.
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes with standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. A four-cylinder engine is standard, but only the optional V6 supplies available all-wheel drive. The Atlas comes in S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium trims.
The list of standard features include LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring, cloth seats, and a six-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch display. Upgrades include 20-inch wheels, leather seats, navigation, a Fender audio system, and driver-assist features.
We recommend the SE trim, which has imitation leather seats, an eight-inch touchscreen display, three-zone climate control, and four USB ports.
The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine supplies sufficient power around town, but it isn’t available outside of the base S model nor can it be ordered with all-wheel drive. The far-more-common 3.6-liter V6 supplies 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Both work with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which matches well to the V6 as it responds quickly to inputs. On the fuel efficiency front, the base engine makes an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg highway, and 24 combined, compared to 17/24/19 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the V6.
The V6 supplies a strong feel, but when this SUV carries a full contingent of passengers and all their equipment, it has its work cut out for it. The Atlas’ ride quality is one of its strong suits as is its handling. Steering is direct and precise and the suspension system is taut, but not stiff.
The VW Atlas is a sizable SUV and wears its sheetmetal well. Firm shoulders, strong lines, and angular edges supply definition. Up front, it has a wide grille offset by square headlights that gently sweep back into its fenders. The standard 18-inch wheels look huge as they’re set within squared-off wheel arches. From the rear, the Atlas has wraparound taillights and dual exhaust finishers.
Inside, the Atlas is spacious and supplies a conservative look with controls sensibly placed. The standard 6.5-inch touchscreen display seems almost buried in the center stack, while the available eight-inch display is proportionally better. The seats are comfortable and all three rows supply ample room for seven adults. In some competing models, the last row is more of a penalty box than a useful passenger-carrying space. This isn't the case with the Atlas.
Third-row seat access and comfort is one of the Atlas’ strengths. Not only does the second-row seat move and tilt forward with ease, but the last row is actually comfortable for adults. On the other hand, the V6 has below average fuel economy for the segment.
Volkswagen fans needing a larger family vehicle no longer have to leave the brand. The VW Routan minivan is no more and the Atlas fills that hole with a more versatile vehicle. Other shoppers, however, may find the Atlas is too large for their needs. That’s where the smaller Volkswagen Tiguan is worth a closer inspection.
The 2019 VW Atlas does what it needs to do to keep the Volkswagen faithful in the brand. This car-centric automaker now boasts two SUVs, with more to follow. It matches well against stiff competition, delivering a capable package with a strong warranty.
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