The Volkswagen Atlas is offered in five trim levels; S, SE, SE and SEL. Drivetrains choices for Atlas are available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive while engines include an available 3.6L V6 making 235 horsepower and 258 lb-feet of torque or the standard 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 276 horsepower and 266 ft pounds of torque paired to a an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include LED headlights, cruise control, power mirrors, 2-zone climate control, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 6.5-inch touch screen and a 6-speaker audio system. The S comes with three rows of cloth-covered seats, front LED lighting and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Storage areas are abundant and include an oversized glovebox, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel and room for 2 full-size adults in the third row seating.
Volkswagen offers an extensive list of options for the 2018 Atlas. A 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, a center stack 8-inch touch screen with navigation, a 360 degree camera, adaptive cruise control, 3-zone climate control, leather seats with heating in the first two rows and cooling up front, a power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, remote start, 115-volt power outlet, rain-sensing windshield wipers and an 8-speaker audio system. Power-folding heated side mirrors and 20-inch alloy wheels are also available,
Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, automatic post-collision braking, and VW's Intelligent Crash Response System, which cuts the fuel supply, unlocks the doors and turns on the hazard lights in the event of a crash. Advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and park assist are available.
Volkswagen finally filled a missing spot in its lineup, building an SUV larger than its luxury-tilted Touareg. The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the company's first three-row SUV.
Offered in a base S, mid SE or SE with Technology, or tippy top SEL and SEL Premium trims, the Atlas is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, good for 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, but a larger V6 engine is also on tap.
The Atlas evolved from the Crossblue concept we first saw in 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It's still pretty close to that inspiration, though Volkswagen added fog lights to the front fascia, a new style line runs down the side (and unfortunately right through the gas-filler door), and the available LED taillights have lost a bit of their verve. Like the concept, it remains a nice-looking, albeit boxy, vehicle. At about 16.5 feet, the Atlas matches the Ford Explorer in overall length and is a bit longer than the Honda Pilot.
The Good Above-average tech. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every trim line. Blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist can work together.
The Bad The front-wheel drive version lacks the drive modes found in the all-wheel drive trims. Digital Cockpit only available on the top-of-the-line model.
The Bottom Line The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas doesn't do much to inspire emotion, but the three-row SUV is well-built and should satisfy most consumers.
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