2019 Volkswagen AtlasChange year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
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- Second-row comfort
- Cargo space
- Three child-safety seats fit in second row
- Multimedia screen is sharp and bright
- Camera and parking-sensor integration
- V-6 power underwhelming
- Not enough hidden storage space
- Steering too light
- All-wheel drive with V-6 only
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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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
Great family vehicle
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
Exactly what I wanted!
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
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas currently has 5 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test RatingsThe 2019 Volkswagen Atlas has not been tested.
New Car Program Benefits
72 months / 72,000 miles
72 months / 72,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
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
5 years/60,000 miles
Dealer Certification Required
100-plus point inspection