2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, 235 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

As a late addition to an already wildly popular midsize SUV class, the Atlas has to work hard to distinguish itself in the company of such vehicles as the Chevrolet Equinox and the Toyota Highlander. However the Volkswagen Atlas features class-leading interior space for all passengers in all rows along with unique exterior styling that resembles nothing else in the segment. All Atlases equipped with all-wheel drive come with driving mode selections allowing the driver to choose the ideal setup for the type of terrain and weather you encounter, while on-road modes alter throttle, transmission and steering for Eco, Normal and Sport modes.

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What's New For 2018

The Volkswagen Atlas is all-new for 2018 as Volkswagen's introduction into the competitive class of mid-size 3-row SUVs. Notably the Atlas is very tech-savvy and packed with Safety features you would expect from the genre. The Atlas delivers a pleasant driving experience with excellent handling and well balanced adjustability for any terrain. Its steering is very light and responsive while braking feels linear and smooth.


  • Basic Warranty: 6 Years / 72,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 72,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Side Curtain Protection Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Streaming Audio
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and Internal Memory
    • Radio: Composition Media w/6.5" Touchscreen -inc: AM/FM radio w/USB input, 6 speakers and Bluetooth connectivity (for compatible devices)
  • Exterior Features
    • Tires: 18" AS
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Wheels: 18" Prisma Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manually adjustable driver seat and 4-way passenger seat
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Altimeter, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, 2 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seating Surfaces
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Covered Dashboard Storage, Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 1st Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L TSI I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged
    • Transmission: 8-Speed Auto w/Tiptronic
    • 3.60 Axle Ratio
    • Standard Suspension
    • GVWR: TBA
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 96.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 55.5
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 20.6
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/121
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 235 @ 4500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 1600
    • Engine Oil Cooler - None
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 117.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 198.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 78.3
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 67.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 67.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.6
    • Fuel Tank Location - Midship
    • Aux Fuel Tank Location - Midship
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.5
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 61.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 58.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 40.4
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 37.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 60.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 58
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.3
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 33.7
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 54.9
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 45.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.1
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volkswagen Atlas
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Independent
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.60
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.60
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 5.59
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.14
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.95
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.43
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.21
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.99
    • Trans PTO Access - No
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.81
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.3
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Fortana Red Metallic
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The Volkswagen Atlas, launched as a 2018 model, is a midsize three-row crossover SUV aimed at families and can carry up to seven occupants. Volkswagen has moved into another vehicle category with its new Atlas.

Nearly 200 inches in length, the Volkswagen Atlas is comparatively large for its class. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander. Built in Tennessee, alongside the Passat sedan, the Atlas focuses on the American market. (Volkswagen’s Tiguan and Touareg crossovers are more international in scope.)

We found the Volkswagen Atlas drives beautifully, among the best in its class, with smooth acceleration, stable braking that’s easy to modulate, solid stability at high speeds, comfortable ride, composed, responsive handling.

Three basic trim levels are offered for Atlas: S, SE, and SEL, along with several option packages.

Either a four-cylinder engine or a V6 may be installed. Base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, producing 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.6-liter V6 generates 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet. Those figures fall a bit short of competitive models.

Both engines mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive is an option for V6 models. Four-cylinder versions, whose powertrain is used in other Volkswagen vehicles, are front-wheel drive only.

Because of Volkswagen’s scandalous admission to flagrantly modifying turbodiesel-engine software, in order to cheat on emissions testing, diesel power is not part of the Atlas picture.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested an Atlas as yet. Each Atlas includes six airbags and a rearview camera. A standard after-collision braking system applies and holds the brakes automatically, to prevent the vehicle from moving if it’s hit by another vehicle while stationary. All trim levels above base level feature an upgrade rearview camera, which incorporates dynamic guidelines to ease parking.

Additional safety technology is available for all but the base S model. For an additional $2,100, the SE edition may be equipped with a Technology Package that adds automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and an automatic-dimming mirror. Those safety features are standard with SEL trim.

The Stop/Start system, standard, can shut off the engine at traffic lights, to save a bit of fuel and reduce emissions.

Comparatively slim roof pillars help provide good visibility, whether over-the-shoulder or rearward. Headrests may be positioned low when not in use, so they don’t impede the view.


Atlas 2.0T S ($30,500), the base model, has the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Cloth-upholstered seats, a rearview camera, 6.5-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard. So are six-speaker audio, LED headlights, and power windows/locks.

Atlas 3.6L V6 S ($31,900) substitutes the 3.6-liter V6 engine. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $925 destination charge.)

4Motion all-wheel drive ($1,800) is available for all V6 versions.

Atlas 2.0T SE ($33,590) adds leatherette upholstery, an 8.0-inch screen, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, and a power driver’s seat. Atlas 3.6L V6 SE ($34,900) contains the V6.

Atlas 3.6L V6 Launch Edition ($33,500) adds a panoramic moonroof, satellite radio, and footwell lighting.

Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology Package ($35,690) includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and auto-dimming mirror. Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology ($37,090) substitutes V6 engine.

Atlas 2.0T SEL ($39,160) gets a panoramic moonroof, power tailgate, power passenger seat, driver’s seat memory, front/rear park-distance control, and automatic emergency braking. Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL ($40,890) substitutes V6 power.

Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium ($48,490) has V6 and all-wheel drive, along with leather upholstery, navigation, power-folding mirrors, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, Fender audio, surround-view camera, and 20-inch wheels. A 12.3-inch screen replaces the regular instrument cluster.

Optional captain’s chairs can replace the three-seat rear bench in SE and SEL models.


Wide, flared fenders and modestly angular design elements might suggest the top Jeep SUV. With its overall conservative appearance, however, the Atlas is closer to Volkswagen’s two-row Touareg model, despite the latter’s more European look.

Some muscular details are evident, coupled with a wide stance, yet the Atlas tends to look a little smaller than its actual dimensions would imply. Every Atlas has full LED headlights flanking a wide grille, while LED taillights are optional.


Conservative design extends into the cabin, which combines clean lines with logical layout. The driver’s compartment might lack pizzazz, but everything is easy to use and intuitive. The cabin is impressively spacious and versatile, functional and easy to use.

Compared to nearly every rival, the Atlas cabin seems low-budget, however. Even the top model (SEL Premium) gets curious-looking simulated wood, while its leather upholstery looks more like vinyl. Some of the plastic trim looks mediocre. Volkswagen interior used to be among the best, but cost-cutting to make pricing more competitive is evident.

Standing out on the dashboard, Volkswagen’s Car-Net infotainment system works with an 8.0-inch screen. Unfortunately, its glass tends to highlight fingerprints. SEL Premium trim gets a full LCD instrument cluster, shunning conventional gauges.

All three seating rows promise stretch-out space. Large front seats give the driver and passenger good leg support, helped by an uncommonly long cushion.

Even the third row is relatively roomy. Capable of transporting average-size adults, that rearmost seat warrants best-in-class honors, though its cushion sits rather low.

The second-row bench slides fore/aft, to ease access to the rear compartment. Optional captain’s chairs can replace the three-place bench, reducing capacity from seven passengers to six.

Road noise is apparent, but cargo space excels.

Driving Impressions

On the road, an Atlas feels lighter than expected for a vehicle of its size and weight. Even with optional 20-inch tires mounted, occupants can anticipate a soft ride. Untroubled by undulating pavement, the fully independent suspension absorbs bumps capably and confidently.

Feeling like a smaller vehicle, the Atlas ranks among class leaders for roadgoing behavior. When pushed assertively into a curve or corner, this crossover remains composed and refined.

Though far from frugal by today’s fuel-efficiency standards, the smooth, near-silent V6 is both muscular and refined. With several passengers aboard a 4,500-pound vehicle, acceptable acceleration even with the V6 may require hearty stabs at the gas pedal.

Steering can be adjusted for a heavier feel, while the transmission may be altered to downshift quicker. Despite 8-inch ground clearance, the Atlas is not intended for more than the mildest off-road treks. Also, the tires don’t grip well in slippery mud on unpaved roads. With a factory towing package, an Atlas is rated to haul 5,000 pounds.

Fuel economy with V6 power ranks with the worst-in-class. The all-wheel-drive Atlas EPA-rated at 17/23 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined. Front-drive raises that estimate to 18/25/20 mpg. Estimates are not yet available for the four-cylinder engine.


The Volkswagen Atlas drives very well and is long on utility. The interior appears low-budget, however. Though costly, Atlas excels in available technology. Best choice may be the Atlas SE with Technology Package, which includes several valuable safety features. Buyers also get an excellent warranty.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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