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2019 2.0T S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $30,895
2019 2.0T SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,095
2019 3.6L V6 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $34,095
2019 3.6L V6 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,495
2019 3.6L V6 SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $37,295
2019 3.6L V6 SEL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,395
2019 3.6L V6 SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $43,195
2019 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,345
2019 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $45,145
2019 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $48,395
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Overview

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.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, the mid-size SUV receives forward automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert on all trims. Feature availability trickles further down the lineup, while the turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now limited to just the base S trim.

Volkswagen Atlas

Choosing Your Volkswagen Atlas

The Atlas embraces VW’s current mantra of big interior space. The cabin opens up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats folded, which is more than the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Even with the seats up, there still remains about 25 percent more cargo space. Passengers are unlikely to complain about space and comfort, even from the third row.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor generates 235 horsepower and 258 foot-pound of torque, though these figures are achieved with premium fuel. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and relegated to front-wheel drive only, this engine achieves an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 24 combined.

The 3.6-liter V6 powers all other trims but the S and is better suited to the SUV's 4,500-pound curb weight. Generating 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque and mated to the eight-speed automatic, this engine gets 17/24/19 mpg (city/highway/combined) with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive drops the highway mileage by one notch. With the V6, the Atlas is capable of towing 5,000 pounds.

There are three main trim levels available as well as a few sub-trims:

Volkswagen Atlas

S

The base S trim is priced from $31,890 (all prices include the $995 destination fee) and features the basic level of active safety features, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlights, heated mirrors, and silver roof rails. Inside, standard features include cloth seating, dual-zone climate control, a six-way power adjustable driver seat, a digital driver display, and a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB audio inputs. Opting for the V6 requires adding all-wheel drive and ups the price to $35,090. A tow hitch is available for $550 and is the only non-accessory option offered.

Volkswagen Atlas

SE

The Atlas SE begins at $36,490 and adds proximity entry on all five doors, heated washer nozzles, and fog lights that illuminate during low speed turns. All seats are covered in synthetic leather while the front seats gain heating and the driver gets 10-way power adjustment. An eight-inch infotainment display with XM and HD radio capability, more USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a couple more speakers (eight in total) are additional entertainment features. A six-month subscription to VW’s automatic crash notification system is also included. Second-row captains chairs are newly available for $695, while the tow hitch remains a $550 option.

The SE with Technology variant starts at $38,290 and gains adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, active blind-spot monitoring, remote start, and a power tailgate. A panoramic sunroof with a Homelink garage door opener is offered for $1,200, and 20-inch alloy wheels can be added for $700.

A SE with Technology R-Line model is next up, carrying a starting price of $40,240. It adds larger 20-inch wheels, sportier front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, stainless steel pedals covers, and a plethora of R-Line badges inside and out. The tow hitch, second-row captain's chairs, and panoramic sunroof remain available on this sub-trim.

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SEL

The SEL trim checks in at $42,390 and includes a tow hitch, panoramic sunroof, parking sensors with low speed automatic emergency braking, LED taillights, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 115-volt power outlet, an eight-way power passenger seat, and memory for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors. Black 20-inch wheels are available for $995, while the second row captain's chairs ($695) and 20-inch alloy wheels ($700) are still options.

The SEL R-Line appearance sub-trim is available for a starting price of $44,340, adding the R-Line badging, 20-inch silver aluminum alloy-wheels, and stainless steel pedal covers to the features of the SEL. The captain's chairs are the only available package.

The top of the line SEL Premium model is only available with all-wheel drive and begins at $49,390. It builds on the SEL and adds power folding exterior mirrors, 20-inch wheels, and automatic parking. A surround-view camera helps observe the parking process while automatic high beams help to ensure visibility down the road. The interior is upgraded to include leather seating, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system. The captain's chairs and the 20-inch black alloy wheels are the only available options.

CarsDirect Tip

Of the 2019 VW Atlas lineup, the SE with Technology strikes the best balance of standard features and value by including standard equipment such as the automaker's suite of active safety features and their latest infotainment system.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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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.

Best Value

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.

  • Model: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SE
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 276 hp / 266 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 17 City / 24 Hwy
  • Options: 2nd-row Captain's Chairs ($695), Tow Hitch ($550)
  • Base Price: $36,490 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $37,735

Performance

Volkswagen Atlas

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.

Style

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.

The Best and Worst Things

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.

Right For? Wrong For?

Volkswagen Atlas

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 Bottom Line

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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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 235 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd Tiptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 235 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
96.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
154 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
198.3 "
Exterior Width
78.3 "
Exterior Height
70.0 "
Front Headroom
41.3 "
Rear Headroom
40.4 "
Front Legroom
41.5 "
Rear Legroom
37.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
60.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,222 Lbs.
Wheel Base
117 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Climatic
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Fcw W/autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Monitoring Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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