The Modern Volkswagen Atlas Offers an Excellent Blend of Performance and Features
Volkswagen has long been a brand that focuses on sedans and more performance-focused handling. That’s not the direction the automaker wants to head in any longer though. Volkswagen is pledging to offer more family-friendly vehicles and features, and that’s exactly why its begun offering the large Atlas crossover. It’s a modern 7-seater that offers the space necessary for larger families to sit comfortably while taking trips and doing daily activities.
Starting with the V6
When the Atlas is first launched this spring it will come standard with a V6 engine, but later on in fall it will be possible to obtain the SUV with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine if you’re looking for something more economical.
Standard Power and Towing
When you pick up a V6 model of the Atlas it offers 235 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque and a towing rating of 2,000 pounds when loaded up with standard options, a factory hitch and All Wheel Drive. That’s nothing crazy, but it does mean you’ll be able to pull a trailer with the SUV without a problem, as long as you don’t load it up too heavily.
Built on a Solid Foundation
The MQB platform as just recently put together by Volkswagen for use on many of its newer vehicles. It’s a flexible building platform that will be used for both small and large vehicles from the automaker. The Atlas is built on this platform and it gives the mid-sized crossover a very solid feel. Thanks to the platform the SUV is constructed on, it just feels solid and handles well. That means you get responsive steering, as well as a smooth ride that maintains composure over bumps and ruts.
Not Powerful but Adequate
The Atlas isn’t going to be mistaken for a Porsche Macan anytime soon, but it offers enough power and performance to make the average everyday driver happy. It takes a bit of patience to go from 0 to 60, but overall the SUV feels very capable, doesn’t seem sluggish in the least and is a lot of fun to tool around in.
The 8-speed automatic transmission that the Atlas comes with as standard is worth a mention. It’s incredibly smooth and capable and offers a better driving experience than the 6-speed autos that come with many other SUVs and crossovers on the market today.
A Massive Interior
If you are thinking of getting a crossover because you want more interior space when driving around, the Atlas is worth the investment. It’s huge on the inside, especially for people in the first two rows. The crossover offers a comfortable amount of headroom with 41.3 inches up front, 40.4 in the middle and 38.3 inches at the back. It’s a little tight when it comes to legroom, but adults can ride in the first two rows comfortably, while the third row is better for children. Décor in the Atlas isn’t amazing, but it does look nice and streamlined and you won’t be disappointed with its appearance, you just won’t confuse it with a high-end luxury SUV either.
Overall the Volkswagen Atlas is a good solid option for families that don’t fit comfortably in a sedan. It offers the space, it offers good handling, a smooth ride, decent styling and most of the tech features that you would want out of a modern vehicle.