2020 Volkswagen Atlas

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

198.3” x 70”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Second-row comfort
  • Cargo space
  • Three child seats fit in second row
  • 8-inch multimedia screen is sharp and bright

The bad:

  • V-6 power underwhelming
  • Not enough hidden storage space
  • Steering too light
  • All-wheel drive with V-6 only

11 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2020 Volkswagen Atlas trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • New five-seat Atlas Cross Sport version
  • Regular Atlas seats six or seven in three rows
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
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2020 Volkswagen Atlas review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


I’m loving it so far!

I am enjoying the Atlas thus far; the only issue that I’ve had so far is with the Bluetooth. I got it serviced and it’s been working well again.


VW is always reliable

German cars are always good looking and reliable, and VW is not the exception. High quality interiors and comfortable seats. Powerful and economic engine and a soft suspension.


Big upgrade from 2018 Tiguan to a 2020 Atlas Cross

This vehicle meets all my needs and looks great. Its all wheel drive and will have more fun. I will recomme d this vehicle ro all my friends and family.

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Based on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
24 months/20,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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