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2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

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$21,241 — $52,375 NEW and USED
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6-7 Seats
19-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Second-row comfort
  • Cargo space
  • Three child-safety seats fit in second row
  • Multimedia screen is sharp and bright
  • Camera and parking-sensor integration

The Bad

  • V-6 power underwhelming
  • Not enough hidden storage space
  • Steering too light
  • All-wheel drive with V-6 only
2019 Volkswagen Atlas exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
  • Automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Three-row SUV seats six or seven
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Built in the United States
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Today’s large-family vehicle is the three-row SUV. For our 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge, we set out to test a few newcomers and two redesigns along with a couple of strong returning models included in our previous 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge.

What Is the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

Volkswagen introduced the Atlas for the 2018 model year as its first three-row SUV with seats for six or seven, depending on configuration. The Atlas comes with a choice of a 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 276-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Front-drive versions are available with both engines, but all-wheel drive is offered only with the V-6. All models have an eight-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

What's New on the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard. Other new standard features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated side mirrors. The SE trim level, meanwhile, gains tri-zone automatic air conditioning. SEL models add a Digital Cockpit configurable instrument display, navigation, a heated steering wheel and LED taillights.

What Features in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Are Most Important?

Besides the ones mentioned above, the Atlas' complement of available safety features and driving aids includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and an automatic parking system that works for both parallel and perpendicular spaces.

Where the Atlas really stands out, though, is in its interior and cargo room. Seven adults truly can fit in this three-row SUV, and the second-row seats have nearly 8 inches of fore-aft adjustment to help with that. Cargo room is also good for this class. Moreover, the Atlas comes with a six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Should I Buy the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

The Atlas impressed us so much at its debut that we named it our Best of 2018 award winner. If you frequently carry six or seven people, or often need lots of cargo space, the Atlas should meet your needs quite well.  It may not have the flashiest looks or be the most fun to drive, but it has more utility than many competitors

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
113 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Great family vehicle

by wiscali from Milwaukee, WI on May 11, 2020

I researched three row SUV's for my family for at least 8 months. After narrowing it down to 2, I choose the VW Atlas. It is so incredibly roomy inside! It has a true third row. My 3 dogs and 2 kids, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Exactly what I wanted!

by Ashley from Umatilla on April 20, 2020

I got the car of my dreams! This car drives so nicely with the v6 and it looks amazing with the leather seats. Leesburg Volkswagen will always be the place I go for vehicle purchases! It was fast and ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2019 Atlas Stories

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Atlas received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(third row)

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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