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2020 Volkswagen Atlas

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$31,545 — $49,195 MSRP
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6-7 Seats
19-22 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2020 Volkswagen Atlas exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas
  • 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

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 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

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

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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