2.0T S 4dr Front-wheel Drive
2019 Volkswagen Atlas

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If you're looking for a three-row family crossover that boasts a ton space at a reasonable price, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas needs to be on your list. The interior is enormous, boasting enough passenger space to comfortably fit even 6-footers in all three rows. There should even be enough room for their luggage, which is rare. At the same time, the Atlas is competitively priced, well-equipped and boasts an industry-best six-year/72,000-mile warranty. In other words, the Atlas does a great job of providing the basics for a growing family. In fact, we think it represents the best value in its most basic form. When the price rises, you're more likely to notice its sub-par interior quality, dull design, underpowered engines and unusually springy ride. It's certainly one to consider, but also not a class leader. What's new for 2019? Every Atlas now comes standard with forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, plus blind-spot warning, automatic LED headlights and automatic wipers. The SE now includes tri-zone climate control, while the SEL gets Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, integrated navigation and a heated steering wheel standard. There are also two new trim levels, SE R-Line and SEL R-Line, which are effectively appearance packages. What's the interior and in-car technology like? Interior materials and overall ambiance are a little disappointing. There is typically austere German design and then there's just plain – the Atlas skews toward the latter. That's especially true in the lower trims, but even swapping out the S and SE's silver plastic accent trim (pictured right) for the unusual wood-like substance of the SEL (pictured left) doesn't snazz things up enough. The quality of plastics, particularly on the center console, is worse than what you'd find in rival SUVs. Upmarket interiors used to be a Volkswagen trademark. Today, it's space and value, which might be fine for many shoppers. In-car technology is a better situation. Even the base Atlas S we tested includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a touchscreen that's easy to use and see, if a bit small at 6.5 inches. There's only one USB port, however. Stepping up to the SE trim adds an extra three USB ports, satellite radio and an eight-inch touchscreen with effectively the same interface as the 6.5-inch one. That's the infotainment situation for all the upper trim levels, though the SEL does boast the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that replaces the standard gauge cluster with one digital display. It can simulate regular gauges, or minimize them to show a large navigation map, audio interface or other display. How big is it? The Atlas is enormous. Quite simply, if you need more space than this, you really have no choice but to go with a minivan or a full-size SUV like a Ford Expedition XL. Even the Chevrolet Traverse, which surpasses the Atlas in most dimensions, isn't so much bigger to really matter. Like competitors, there is a second row three-person bench seat available for an eight-passenger capacity or captain's chairs …
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If you're looking for a three-row family crossover that boasts a ton space at a reasonable price, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas needs to be on your list. The interior is enormous, boasting enough passenger space to comfortably fit even 6-footers in all three rows. There should even be enough room for their luggage, which is rare. At the same time, the Atlas is competitively priced, well-equipped and boasts an industry-best six-year/72,000-mile warranty. In other words, the Atlas does a great job of providing the basics for a growing family. In fact, we think it represents the best value in its most basic form. When the price rises, you're more likely to notice its sub-par interior quality, dull design, underpowered engines and unusually springy ride. It's certainly one to consider, but also not a class leader. What's new for 2019? Every Atlas now comes standard with forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, plus blind-spot warning, automatic LED headlights and automatic wipers. The SE now includes tri-zone climate control, while the SEL gets Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, integrated navigation and a heated steering wheel standard. There are also two new trim levels, SE R-Line and SEL R-Line, which are effectively appearance packages. What's the interior and in-car technology like? Interior materials and overall ambiance are a little disappointing. There is typically austere German design and then there's just plain – the Atlas skews toward the latter. That's especially true in the lower trims, but even swapping out the S and SE's silver plastic accent trim (pictured right) for the unusual wood-like substance of the SEL (pictured left) doesn't snazz things up enough. The quality of plastics, particularly on the center console, is worse than what you'd find in rival SUVs. Upmarket interiors used to be a Volkswagen trademark. Today, it's space and value, which might be fine for many shoppers. In-car technology is a better situation. Even the base Atlas S we tested includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a touchscreen that's easy to use and see, if a bit small at 6.5 inches. There's only one USB port, however. Stepping up to the SE trim adds an extra three USB ports, satellite radio and an eight-inch touchscreen with effectively the same interface as the 6.5-inch one. That's the infotainment situation for all the upper trim levels, though the SEL does boast the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that replaces the standard gauge cluster with one digital display. It can simulate regular gauges, or minimize them to show a large navigation map, audio interface or other display. How big is it? The Atlas is enormous. Quite simply, if you need more space than this, you really have no choice but to go with a minivan or a full-size SUV like a Ford Expedition XL. Even the Chevrolet Traverse, which surpasses the Atlas in most dimensions, isn't so much bigger to really matter. Like competitors, there is a second row three-person bench seat available for an eight-passenger capacity or captain's chairs …
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$30,895 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
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Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG 20 City / 26 Hwy
Seating 7 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 235 @ 4500 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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