2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review: Photo Gallery

img1289445605 1479406921182 jpg 2018 Volkswagen Atlas | Cars.com photo by Angela Conners

CARS.COM — Volkswagen hopes its new 2018 Atlas mid-size SUV on display at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show will garner it some favorable press for a change.

The Atlas will join a very crowded playing field of three-row SUVs. It sports traditional VW styling with a clean, uncluttered exterior design; if you’ve seen the CrossBlue concept from the 2013 North American International Auto Show, you’re familiar with the looks of the Atlas. The rear is upright to allow for room for third-row seating, made possible by a design that’s nearly 10 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider than the two-row Touareg.

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Volkswagen played it safe with the interior, much like it did with the exterior. The materials are nice and the layout is familiar for those who have been inside the 2017 Passat or Golf Alltrack. The most intriguing feature is what VW calls its Digital Cockpit (its version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit) that will allow drivers to customize the digital gauge cluster.

The seven-seater features a second row that slides and is able to tilt forward when a forward-facing child-safety seat is installed to allow for easier third-row access. The sliding second row and upright exterior design actually makes the third row roomy enough for adults, a relative rarity in the class.

See what you think of the Atlas’ looks in the gallery below.

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Road Test Editor Brian Normile joined the automotive industry and Cars.com in 2013, and he became part of the Editorial staff in 2014. Brian spent his childhood devouring every car magazine he got his hands on — not literally, eventually — and now reviews and tests vehicles to help consumers make informed choices. Someday, Brian hopes to learn what to do with his hands when he’s reviewing a car on camera. He would daily-drive an Alfa Romeo 4C if he could. Email Brian Normile

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