The Volkswagen Atlas was an all-new three-row crossover in 2018, and the only changes it saw in 2019 were a few new trim levels. The 2020 VW Atlas will be mostly a carryover model, but it will gain a few new pieces of tech and feature shuffling within its seven trim levels.
In terms of design, the 2020 VW Atlas will hit showrooms as a virtual twin to the current model. With a keen eye, buyers can catch a few updates, including new standard 20-inch wheels on all SE w/ Technology and higher trims and 21-inch wheels on the SEL Premium trim.
Inside, the Atlas’ roomy cabin will carry over in terms of its design. There will, however, be some new tech sprinkled in, including the next-generation Car-Net infotainment system and standard in-car Wi-Fi.
On top of the key changes mentioned above, the 2020 VW Atlas will see some feature shifting in the SE w/ Technology R-Line trim, which will now have standard front and rear parking sensors and a power liftgate.
The 2020 VW Atlas will retain its standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pushes 235 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, buyers will be able to get a 276-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine that will also pair to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will come standard, but the V6-equipped Atlas will have optional all-wheel drive.
The VW Atlas nailed every IIHS crash test with “Good” ratings and aced the front-crash prevention test with a “Superior” rating from its standard automatic emergency braking system. That said, it missed out on being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to the pesky headlight test, which netted it “Marginal” and “Poor” ratings. With no changes coming to any of its safety equipment, we expect the 2020 VW Atlas to carry the same ratings.