2020 Volkswagen Atlas New Review.
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gives the basics in a abundant big bundle. Anybody in chase of a big, 3-row ancestors crossover will acquisition a correctly ample one right here. Anniversary basement row is so sufficient that you may evenly adequate the Atlas on my own with 6-footers, whilst introduced of their baggage could be able to match imperative than in about each competitor. All this, and it’s each in a position and priced suitable in band with the capital antagonism from Japan and the USA.
Don’t seem attractive for ideal German explanation and high-quality, however, as VW prioritized absolute acreage and amount over autogenous appearance and energetic dynamics. None of the crossovers of this capability are abnormally agreeable to force, however the Atlas’ underpowered engines, cumbersome administration and excessive-seas journey affection put it in opposition to the aback of the percent. The autogenous is additionally a letdown. The structure is boring, abnormally compared to added acute interiors from the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride, and alike top-dollar trims action little in the way of a terrific ambiance (and little develop over less expensive variations). Basically, action and amount gained over anatomy in the Atlas. This fact the case, we anticipate the cheaper trims constitute the Atlas at its arch and might acclaim those over one of the added large-ticket models.
Volkswagen put the 2021 Atlas via the model’s aboriginal cogent awakening this yr. It receives revised administration iwith new bumpers that make bigger the Atlas’ absolute breadth through 3 inches. Yeah, it got alike larger. New LED lighting fixtures in advanced and aback delivered differentiate it from the 2020 Atlas. On the interior, VW gave it a new eight.Zero-inch touchscreen infotainment arrangement that adds WiFi and affinity with VW’s smartphone app. Two disciplinarian abetment appearance — Travel Abetment and Emergency Abetment — are moreover fabricated reachable for 2021.
Not ample has at the powertrain front, with the extraordinary barring of VW abacus an all-wheel-pressure gain for the universal 2.0-liter faster engine. It’s additionally now the accepted agent on each trim except for R-Line trims. Those will abide to appear widely wide-spread with the V6.
Interior abstracts and all-embracing atmosphere are disappointing. There is classically ascetic German architecture and once more there’s aloof apparent – the Atlas avalanche into the remaining class. That’s abnormally correct within the lower trims, but alike swapping out the argent synthetic emphasis trim inside the S (pictured aloft left) for the ordinary wooden-ish truth of the brought trims (at proper) does not snazz things up sufficient. The affection of plastics, decidedly at the centermost console, is worse than what you’d acquisition in struggling with SUVs. Upmarket interiors acclimated to be a Volkswagen trademark. Today, it is amplitude and value, which capability be done for abounding customers.
In-vehicle technology is a larger state of affairs. Alike the abject Atlas S consists of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto extra a touchscreen that is accessible to apply and see, if a chunk child at 6.5 inches. There are alone USB ports, however. Stepping as much as the SE trim provides an delivered 3 USB ports, accessory radio and the anew tailored 8-inch MIB3 infotainment display. That’s the infotainment bearings for all the high trim degrees, admitting the SEL does avowal the Volkswagen Agenda Cockpit that replaces the conventional barometer array with one time table display. It can simulate authorised gauges, or abbreviate them to look a enough aeronautics map, audio interface or delivered display.
The Atlas is huge, and VW fabricated it 3 inches nice this yr. Quite virtually, in case you allegation added amplitude than this, you certainly accept no fine however to go together with a minivan or a full-size SUV like a Ford Expedition. Alike the Chevrolet Traverse, which surpasses the Atlas in exceptional dimensions, isn’t always so plentiful bigger to really count number. (Note that there is additionally the Atlas Cross Sport that seats five, and is underneath in breadth and height. We evaluation one at a time)
Like competitors, there may be a second-row three-person financial institution bank handy for an 8-passenger lodging or captain’s chairs with a seven-man or woman potential. We’ve activated examples with the bench, that is 60/40-break up and slides delivered beforehand and aft than those of competition. This permits you to accompany accouchement in automobile seats afterpiece to parents, or chargeless up alike brought 1/3-row legroom. They additionally acquiesce for a abundant beyond bypass-through to the third row than introduced crossovers can control.
Not alone is it less complicated to get into the Atlas’ 1/3 row, it is added sufficient already you get aback there. As we detail inside the video above, addition 6-foot-three has delivered than considerable head- and legroom in the 0.33 row. True, you apparently might not be lodging NBA factor guards aback there, however whoever is inside the way aback might be below awkward and aloof about happier.
As for burden capacity, as you could see in our baggage evaluation video beneath, the Atlas’ 20.6 cubic-ft of amplitude abaft that aloft third row accustomed us to package deal 3 attache curler suitcases, one mid-size take a look at-in attache and an short bag. None of the added three-row crossovers we have luggage activated take delivery of akin it. In settlement of quality burden amplitude with all rows reduced, its ninety six.Eight cubic-toes is alone outdone by way of the Traverse (barely), minivans, and those sizable SUVs.
Paired with both front-wheel-force and all-wheel-drive, the abject 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder agent (2.0T) produces 235 utility and 258 pound-toes of torque. That success arrives ahead inside the rev ambit than the accessible V6, acceptation it truly feels a bit quicker off the road. It’s moreover simply faster than the SEL, again the SEL’s added add-ons after-outcomes in a ample heftier barrier weight. Its ammunition abridgement is boilerplate for the articulation at 21 mpg town, 24 mpg artery and 22 mpg accrued with FWD and 20/24/20 with AWD.
The on hand 3.6-liter V6 (dubbed VR6) can be commutual to the front- or all-wheel force, and comes customary at the R-Line trims. It’s alternative at the SEL and SE w/ Technology trims. The VR6 produces 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, acceptation each reachable engines are underpowered for the phase. It too gets an eight-pace automated trendy. Ammunition abridgement maxes out at 17 metropolis, 23 artery and 19 accumulated with FWD and sixteen/22/18 with AWD. Those abstracts are low for the segment.
The Atlas does not pain with the abject four-cylinder agent as you ability assume. Dispatch can in reality be faster than the VR6 model, and we begin that accepting beneath weight to lug about makes the 4-cylinder Atlas lighter on its anxiety and beneath bulky about corners. It’s still no soaking up handler.
Now that you could get all-wheel force with the 4-cylinder, there’s alike below acumen to go for the V6. That bigger engine’s dispatch is in no way as energetic as you would acquisition in fine competitors, and management is additionally a bit ponderous, both in allegory to the 4-cylinder archetypal and scuffling with SUVs. The council is at atomic abundantly beeline in accomplishment behindhand of engine, and chargeless from the more-numb on-middle experience of brought Volkswagens.
As for the trip, it’s real springy. The Atlas bound and floats over undulations, but greets manholes and burst pavement with archetypal Germanic firmness. The introduced pounds added by means of the heavily in a position SEL we activated acquire the ones excessive-seas anatomy motions a chunk, but the Atlas’ journey is always badly tender.
We evaluation the most inexpensive model of the Atlas: the S trim with the front-wheel force, a 4-cylinder engine, bolt seats and few add-ons and gizmos.
The Cross Sport loses the 1/3-row bank and a agglomeration of duration, chops the roofline and makes the administration a bit sportier. It’s still almost massive, even though, and no longer a awful exceptional if plenty of burden amplitude is introduced essential than 8-passenger seating.
Pricing for the 2021 VW Atlas starts offevolved at $32,750 which includes the $1,195 destination charge. The 2.0T abject agent comes regular with the front-wheel drive and is popular on all however the R-Line trims. Abacus all-wheel force provides $1,900 to the fee. The 3.6-liter VR6 agent may be commutual with FWD or AWD within the SE and SEL trims, and AWD is common at the SEL Exceptional and Exceptional R-Line trims.
Standard add-ons consists of 18-inch admixture wheels, computerized LED headlights, computerized wipers, blow abstention technologies (see Assurance area under), twin-quarter automated altitude control, a six-manner chiral disciplinarian seat, bolt upholstery, USB ports, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a six-speaker whole gadget. Given the about absence of add-ons covered at the abject trim, we might understand abounding association could acquisition the $36,100 SE trim to be the candied spot. It provides a capability liftgate, 8-manner potential disciplinarian seat, three-sector altitude manage, leatherette upholstery, acrimonious advanced seats, a leatherette-wrapped council wheel, adjacency admission and push-button begin, rear sunshades, wireless buzz charger, bristles USB ports, an eight-inch touchscreen and accent radio.
You can acquisition a abounding breakdown of trim tiers, features, specifications and bounded appraisement fact on Autoblog. Abject appraisement for anniversary trim akin is underneath.
Every 2021 VW Atlas comes generic with superior blow admonishing with banal apprehension and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot and rear move-traffic admonishing and a archetypal array of airbags. Lane-maintaining help, adaptive cruise ascendancy automobile excessive-beams and an automatic parking look are to be had.
In authorities blast checks, the Atlas denticulate a absolute bristles stars for usual, aboveboard and ancillary blast protection. The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance gave it the nice accessible rankings in all blast checks, additional a appraisement of “Superior” for its aboveboard blast blockage systems. It fell abbreviate of a Top Assurance Pick accolade due to a “Marginal” headlight appraisement for the S and SE trims. All college trims accustomed a “Good” headlight rating. Its LATCH anchors additionally accustomed a 3rd-fine (or 2nd-worst) “Marginal” appraisement for truth difficult to access.