2020 Volkswagen AtlasChange year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
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- Second-row comfort
- Cargo space
- Three child seats fit in second row
- 8-inch multimedia screen is sharp and bright
- V-6 power underwhelming
- Not enough hidden storage space
- Steering too light
- All-wheel drive with V-6 only
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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We take the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL V6 4Motion for a test drive and check out the interior, exterior, and cargo space.
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.
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test RatingsThe 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has not been tested.
New Car Program Benefits
48 months / 50,000 miles
48 months / 50,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
MY 2015-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
For vehicles purchased on or after January 5, 2021: Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty; model-year 2018-2019, 1 year/12,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty; model-year 2020 and newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty
Dealer Certification Required
100-plus point inspection
2 year 24-Hour