2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review and Specs – Volkswagen, at last, has a serious midsize SUV player: The new Chattanooga, Tennessee-fabricated Atlas has learned the lessons of the two generations of the still-very-European Touareg; more importantly, it’s an all-new SUV designed from the ground up for American tastes and notions of size and price, one that arrives right in time for an unforeseen SUV blast.
The long and wide VW Atlas is designed to offer plenty of space for seven while saving sufficiently just room for basic cargo. When it goes on sale this spring, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review and Specs will be offered with a decision of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 235 hp or a 3.6-liter V6 useful for 276 hp. Full specs for the two units have not been revealed yet, but rather both will be coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder is front-wheel drive just; all-wheel drive is optional on the V6.
Speaking of 4Motion all-wheel drive: The fifth-gen system is far smarter than the old version of Audi’s Quattro tech. 4Motion now stays in front-wheel-drive mode to save fuel until the point when all-wheel drive is truly required, at that point engages clutches that bring the rear axles into action. This is a system that appeared in the latest generation of the Golf, with the Atlas being the second VW to receive it.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review and Specs
The first thing you see about the newest Volkswagen review is its name stretched across a large chrome strip on the rear tailgate. And it’s missing the T.
AtLast. It should be called the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review and Specs because it’s a decent decade and a half overdue. Of course, given the tongue-twisted names of other VW crossovers (Touraeg, Tiguan), maybe we shouldn’t complain.
It competes directly with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and, to some extent, the five-passenger Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior
Not at all like the Touareg, the Atlas remembers it’s a Volkswagen rather than a Porsche wearing a VW badge at Audi prices. This is a major SUV with an imposing front fascia design that’s close in dimensions to the current Ford Explorer, however it appears longer and wider that the Explorer in person and in the driver’s seat. The dash and the cockpit, meanwhile, have the appearance and feel of a Passat interior that grew in size by about 50 percent – in no way, shape or form a bad thing. With 153.7 cubic-feet of interior volume, the Atlas has impressive interior dimensions for the segment.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior
The Atlas’ just major miss is that it has no single standout feature. That old “German engineering” tagline is an intense pill to swallow in the days after Dieselgate—and especially on a SUV designed specifically for and worked in America.
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This is a crowded segment full of established players, and the Atlas is a fine entry, yet a wallflower arriving late to the party will have a hard time getting took note. Let’s expectation VW comes up with some clever way of marketing its new, biggest-ever SUV. Maybe they should have called it the AtLast after all.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Engine
On the very frozen paved and unpaved roads whereupon we drove our V6 Atlas, it impressed us with its docile nature and ease of use, as well as grip helped in no small part by studded winter tires. We blasted along roads banked by several feet of snow and ice – a scaled up version of a luge track with a giant Volkswagen instead of those knife-like sleds – with the six-cylinder engine providing an entertaining yet quieted exhaust note. The Atlas has the feel of a very large station wagon rather than the slightly scary body-on-frame experience of SUVs of decades past 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review. The 276 horses this six pumps out were more than enough to propel the Atlas down the luge track at inadvisable speeds, however despite our best efforts it took serious intent to set the tail just a little loose, with the Atlas staying firmly attached to the snow and ice. If a SUV this enormous can play the role of a sled helmed by crazed journalists, it will do fine on the school run.
Speaking of the school run: The Atlas’ neatest trick is the sliding middle row of seats which allows laughably easy access to the generous back bench. In some of the Atlas’ competitors the third row of seats appear most accessible by climbing over the seatbacks from the trunk – a particularly inelegant maneuver – however here it’s as easy to get into as a far larger minivan. The mechanism also doesn’t rob the middle row of seats of legroom, which is excellent.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Price And Release Date
Also standard on the Atlas SEL Premium is a 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio system rated at 480 watts and furnished with a 12-channel amplifier. We’ve been impressed with Fender audio systems in past Volkswagens and the Atlas’ is perhaps the best effort yet.
There’s no uncertainty about it that it’s a decent move for VW to expand its SUV offering, however there’s still a considerable measure about the Atlas that’s still open to question. This model could be priced to slot between the Tiguan and Touareg, yet that would likely make the Touareg obsolete as customers will clearly go for the larger, cheaper choice. If the Atlas simply comes at a higher price than the Touareg, at that point VW is really reaching, and I don’t see the Atlas being a success at all. Hopefully, VW’s incredible need to make some cash won’t cause it to be greedy and put too high of a price on this new SUV. Be that as it may, the truth will surface eventually.
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review and Specs is also far less expensive than the Touareg—and many of its competitors—starting at just $31,425. That’s a theoretical price, however, because it’s for a base model that won’t be available at launch and in a spec few will want. The base Atlas uses VW’s 2.0-liter turbo-four, sending 235 hp and 258 lb-ft to the front wheels as it were.