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2022 Volkswagen Atlas

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3.1 (Good)

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2022 2.0T SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $34,335
2022 2.0T SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $36,235
2022 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,255
2022 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $42,155
2022 2.0T SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $44,105
2022 3.6L V6 SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $45,855
2022 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $47,255
2022 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line Black 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $47,805
2022 3.6L V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $51,505


What's New

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas continues to receive updates following last year’s exterior refresh. The trim levels have been streamlined (now down to five), an eight-inch digital gauge cluster is now standard, USB-C ports in the third-row are included in the SE with Technology trim, and the R-Line styling treatment is included on the SEL Premium trim. VW’s new IQ.Drive driving assist system is available on the SEL-and-up trim levels.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is offered in five trims, the SE, SE with Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line. Prices range from $34,670 to $51,840. VW also sells a more coupe-like version of the SUV called the Atlas Cross Sport.

Engine Choices

There are two engines available in the Atlas. The SE, SE with Technology, and SEL trims feature VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque at a low 1,600 rpm and is matched to an eight-speed automatic.

A 3.6-liter VR6 engine develops 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque and is offered on the SE with Technology and SEL trims ($1,750) and is standard on the SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line which also feature standard all-wheel drive. The SE and SE with Technology trims are standard with front-wheel drive and offer AWD as a $1,900 option. All trims are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Atlas can tow up to 2,000 pounds or 5,000 pounds with the larger engine.

The turbocharged engine requires premium gasoline as opposed to the regular octane requirement of the VR6 and fuel economy ratings range from an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon combined in the front-wheel-drive four-cylinder configuration to 19 mpg combined for the VR6 all-wheel-drive model which is significantly less than the similarly-equipped Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Atlas stretches to 200 inches in length and sits 78.3 inches wide. That positions VW’s largest crossover as slightly longer than the key competition but six inches shorter than the class-giant Chevrolet Traverse.

Inside, there is seating for seven and generous space for second-row and third-row passengers with 37.6 inches of legroom in the second row and 33.7 inches in the third row - helped in part by the Atlas’ long 117-inch wheelbase. For additional flexibility and comfort, the second-row seats can slide and recline and can even allow access to the third-row with a child seat installed.

Cargo space behind the third-row measures 20.6 cubic feet which grows to 55.5 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 96.8 cubic feet with both rows folded which are very good figures.

For those without the need for a third row, the VW Atlas Cross Sport offers a bit more style without losing much overall cargo space.

The Atlas offers 7.1 inches of ground clearance - on par for the segment - and includes four drive modes for various conditions and a hill-decent control system on models equipped with AWD.

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Safety Features

The Atlas starts things off with only a few standard active safety features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and rain-sensing wipers.

The SE with Technology trim level gains adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors while the SEL trim and above include VW’s IQ.Drive that brings semi-autonomous driving assist (i.e. adaptive cruise control plus lane centering), lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with steering assist, road sign detection, and automatic high beams. The SEL Premium R-Line further adds a surround-view camera and parking assist.

The Atlas receives Good crash ratings from IIHS with Good headlight ratings on the SEL and above trims but only a Basic rating for avoiding a vehicle-to-pedestrian crash, compared to Superior ratings from Kia and Chevrolet. NHTSA awards the Atlas with a five-star overall safety rating.


The base trim is equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen that runs VW’s MIB2 infotainment system and features wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB-C ports up front, and six speakers.

The SE with Technology trim sees an eight-inch touchscreen with VW’s latest MIB3 system, wireless smartphone integration, SiriusXM with 360L, HD radio, voice control, a wireless charger, and a total of seven USB-C ports.

The SEL trim adds navigation and the top-tier trim gets a premium 480-watt 12-speaker Fender sound system. There are three 12V power ports available on all trims and a 115V outlet on the rear of the front center console on the SE with Technology trim.

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Atlas SE - MSRP From $34,670

The new base trim level is equipped with a healthy level of standard equipment such as 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, daytime running lights, taillights, and front turn signals, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and body-colored caps, roof rails, and proximity entry.

Among the notable interior features are an eight-inch digital gauge cluster, perforated leatherette seating surfaces, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, and sunshades for the second row.

Atlas SE with Technology - MSRP From $38,840

The SE with Technology trim sees 20-inch wheels, proximity entry on all doors, a hands-free power tailgate, remote engine start, three-zone climate control with second-row controls, front row metal scuff plates, and a leather-wrapped shifter.

A panoramic moonroof is available for $1,200 and second-row captain’s chairs are offered for $695.

Atlas SEL - MSRP From $44,440

The SEL trim features exterior upgrades such as two-tone 20-inch wheels, upgraded LED adaptive headlights with dynamic cornering lights, silver roof rails, added chrome trim on the lower doors and rear bumper, a panoramic moonroof, and heated washer nozzles. Inside, there is a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, driver’s position memory, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and ambient lighting among the list of added features.

Atlas SEL R-Line - MSRP From $47,590

The SEL R-Line includes the features of the SEL trim and adds sportier touches in the form of dark graphite 20-inch wheels, body-color lower bumper and side cladding, uniquely shaped bumpers that incorporate faux air intakes and a rear diffuser, an R-Line leather-wrapped steering wheel, unique R-Line interior trim, and stainless-steel pedals.

The SEL R-Line Black is offered for another $550 and gives the Atlas a darkened exterior with black wheels, black roof rails, black mirror caps, matte-black window surrounds, gloss-black exterior trim, and darkened headlight and taillight housings.

Atlas SEL Premium R-Line - MSRP From $51,840

The top-tier Atlas trim now includes the R-Line styling treatment as standard and builds off of the SEL R-Line. It adds 21-inch two-tone wheels, power-folding mirrors, gloss black B-pillar trim, leather seating surfaces with available contrast stitching, sport seats, ventilation for the front row, and heating for the second-row seats.

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CarsDirect Tip

The Atlas equipped with the SE with Technology trim receives many of the daily creature comforts and safety features without losing a strong sense of value.

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Expert Review

  • So much interior space
  • Confident ride
  • Strong value
  • Sedate styling
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Humdrum base engine
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

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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Streamlined lineup. For 2022, the Volkswagen Atlas now has an updated lineup. The base S trim from last year has been dropped, making the SE the new entry-level trim for the model year. While this change results in a higher starting price tag for 2022, the SE trim is a better starting point and now comes with a great list of standard equipment.

The Atlas SE comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, two USB ports, six audio speakers, and Bluetooth. Other standard features include heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and 18-inch wheels. With a starting price tag of $34,670, the Atlas gives you a lot of features for your money. The base trim is so well-equipped, we think it should suit most people’s needs.

Higher trim levels bring more features, but they get close to costing as much as premium options. With features like genuine leather upholstery, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a surround-view camera, 21-inch wheels, hands-free park assist, and 12 audio speakers, the Atlas SEL Premium R-Line certainly has the features to feel like a $50,000 car. But we don’t recommend that everyone purchase one.

Voluminous interior. The Atlas offers a spacious cabin with plenty of room for the entire family. The midsize SUV offers seating for up to seven as standard, though second-row captain’s chairs are available that lower seating to six people. We think the second-row captain’s chairs are worth the extra money, as the third row is difficult to get to without them. Additionally, the Atlas is one of the few SUVs that can accommodate adults in the third row, as it has 33.7 inches of rear legroom.

In addition to being spacious, the Atlas’ interior is also practical. The SUV offers up to 17 cupholders, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to get and store a drink on a road trip. There are plenty of nifty storage nooks and compartments for small items located throughout the cabin.

Speaking of a road trip, the Atlas is capable of swallowing everyone’s gear with ease. With all of the seats in place, the Atlas has up to 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding both rows of rear seats down results in an enormous 96.8 cubic feet of total cargo space. That’s one of the highest figures for the midsize class.

Volkswagen Atlas

Upgrade to the V6. Volkswagen offers the Atlas with two engines. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 235 horsepower. While the engine is a punchy motor and gets the Atlas around town smoothly, it lacks the power to help the Atlas pass vehicles on the highway. Additionally, the four-cylinder sounds coarse when being pushed hard.

For a vehicle of this size, we recommend the available 3.6-liter V6 engine. It makes a heartier 276 horsepower that results in better performance on the highway. The V6 also remains quieter than the four-cylinder, while bringing much better performance. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission works better in the V6 than in the four-cylinder.

As one would expect, you’ll take a hit in fuel economy by going with the V6 engine. The most efficient Atlas with the four-cylinder engine is rated to get up to 23 mpg combined, while the best the V6 can get is up to 20 mpg combined.

Unimaginative styling. The Atlas goes for a large and quiet look. The exterior has some muscular lines and stylish elements on the front end, but overall, the SUV features a conservative design. This might appeal to some shoppers, but others in the class do a better job of looking upscale and having designs that draw people in.

It’s a similar story on the inside where the Atlas comes off as boring. The midsize SUV features a utilitarian design that’s straightforward, but it’s hardly inspiring. This design is ideal for families, as it’s easy to use and clean, but certainly leaves a lot of room to impress. Having a simple design is one thing, but interior materials in the Atlas also leave a lot to be desired. The Atlas’ cabin is filled with cheap plastics that are easy to clean, but hardly feel premium.

Final thoughts. Even in the packed midsize SUV segment, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas manages to carve out its own piece of the pie with a massive interior, well-equipped trims, and a punchy V6 engine. The Atlas won’t make you the envy of the neighborhood with its boring design and it won’t spoil you with a premium cabin, but for families in need of a large vehicle that’s not a minivan, the Atlas goes above and beyond.

For an alternative, the Kia Telluride has less interior space than the Atlas, but offers a more premium look, an upscale interior, intuitive tech features, and nicer interior materials. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L has a roomy interior with room for up to seven people, a deluxe interior, and serious off-roading capability.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 235 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
8-spd Tiptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7 / 6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 235 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
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
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
96.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
154 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
200.7 "
Exterior Width
78.3 "
Exterior Height
70.1 "
Front Headroom
41.3 "
Rear Headroom
40.4 "
Front Legroom
41.7 "
Rear Legroom
37.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
60.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,262 Lbs.
Wheel Base
117 "
Turning Radius
20.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
7 / 6
Seat Trim
V-tex Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench / Full Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Climatic / Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Front Assist (forward Collision Warning And Autonomous Emergency Braking) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Monitoring Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 20,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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