What Is the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?
Volkswagen introduced the Atlas for the 2018 model year as its first three-row SUV with seating for six or seven depending on the 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 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?
Volkwagen’s Car-Net telematics system is standard and includes features like remote start, vehicle location and remote locking and unlocking free of charge for five years. There’s also a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data plan required). A new five-seat version, the Atlas Cross Sport, is also available.
What Features in the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Are Most Important?
Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are standard. Other available safety features and driving aids include 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.
Should I Buy the 2020 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.