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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 1, 2019


Stepping out of its cocoon, Volkswagen has finally adhered to the American mentality with the all-new Atlas. Unlike typical VWs, the Atlas sports a massive footprint, three spacious rows and is exclusive to the US market only. VW claims that this SUV has been designed keeping in mind the needs of Americans, and indeed it is. Offering stupendous ride quality and practicality, the only drawback is the lack of power under the hood.

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Pros

Above average cabin space

Third row is actually usable for adults

Compliant ride quality

Laggy infotainment system

Cons

Rivals are more powerful

V6 engine isn’t as frugal as competitors

Base trim is not offered with AWD

What's New?

Two new trim levels have been introduced


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30895

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 4500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

67.2/67.8

dimensions

wheelbase

117.3 in.

length

198.3 in.

width

78.3 in.

height

70 in.

curb weight

4242 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

153.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

96.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1080 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

483.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 72000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Volkswagen Atlas in Deep Black Pearl color  2019 Volkswagen Atlas in Fortana Red Metallic color  2019 Volkswagen Atlas in Pacific Blue  Metallic color  2019 Volkswagen Atlas in Platinum Gray Metallic color
Deep Black Pearl

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volkswagen Atlas S

S

power
276 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$30,895 - $34,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $30,895 MSRP (20/22/26) 235 hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
V6 S 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,095 MSRP (17/19/23) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SE

SE

power
276 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$34,095 - $41,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,245 MSRP (17/19/24) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,045 MSRP (17/19/23) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
V6 SE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,095 MSRP (17/19/24) 235 hp @ 4500 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
V6 SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,495 MSRP (17/19/24) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
V6 SE 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,295 MSRP (17/19/23) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,095 MSRP (17/19/23) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $34,095 MSRP (20/22/26) 235 hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD
SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $35,895 MSRP (20/22/26) 235 hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD

 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL

SEL

power
276 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$41,395 - $43,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,395 MSRP (17/19/24) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
V6 SEL 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,195 MSRP (17/19/23) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line

SEL R-Line

power
276 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$43,345 - $45,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,345 MSRP (17/19/24) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,145 MSRP (17/19/23) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium

SEL Premium

power
276 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$48,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $48,395 MSRP (17/19/23) 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


The biggest strength of the VW Atlas is its three-row seating capacity which is actually comfortable even for adult passengers. The interior follows German minimalism but is extremely spacious. The 2019 Atlas is available with an efficient 2.0L TSI engine but most buyers would prefer the larger 3.6L V6. However, the V6 is a tad slow when compared to its immediate competition. With the prices nudging the $30k mark for the base variant, the Atlas pokes some serious contenders in the segment such as Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, and Toyota Highlander.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Front Three quarter View
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Front Three quarter View
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Rear Three quarter View
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Rear Three quarter View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Features

8.0/10

With a starting price of $30,895, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas enjoys a very clever pricing. While its base 2.0L TSI is impressive, it is only available with FWD. If you require AWD, then you have to pick the V6 engine. Advanced active safety features like Blind Sport Monitor and Front Assist start from the base S trim.

The SE trim adds a three zone climate control and a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system for an expense of $2000. The SE with Technology adds Remote start, adaptive cruise control and auto dimming inside rear view mirror for $1800.

The SE with Technology R-Line adds design elements, the Atlas gets exclusive bumpers and design for an additional cost of $1950.

The SEL trim comes with luxury features like panoramic roof and R-Line adds distinct bumpers. The top of the line V6 SEL Premium comes Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and Overhead View Camera. This trim comes at a whopping price of $48,395 - which easily goes into luxury SUV territory.

Trims

S

V6 S

V6 SE

V6 SE w/Technology

V6 SE w/Technology R-Line

V6 SEL

V6 SEL R-Line

V6 SEL Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$30,895

N/A

$35,495

$37,295

$39,245

$41,140

$43,345

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$34,095

$37,295

$39,095

$41,045

$42,940

$45,145

$48,395

Features

The S includes:

The V6 S includes:

The V6 SE includes:

The V6 SE w/ Technology includes:

V6 SE w/Technology R-Line includes:

The V6 SEL includes:

V6 SEL R-Line include:

The V6 SEL Premium w/ 4MOTION includes:

 

Dual-zone manual climate control

Dual-zone manual climate control

Four USB ports

Remote power liftgate with closing assist

R-Line bumpers and badging

Power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof

R-Line bumpers and badging

4MOTION all-wheel-drive system

 

Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect

Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect

Media touchscreen sound system

Remote start

Remote start

Front seats, 10-way power

Panoramic sunroof

Volkswagen Digital Cockpit

 

LED headlights

LED headlights

Climatronic three-zone climate control

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Adaptive

Adaptive Cruise Control

8" touchscreen navigation system

Discover Media touchscreen navigation

 

 

Rear Traffic Alert

Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror

Cruise Control (ACC)

 

 

 

We Recommend

With active safety features offered as standard for the base S trim, we would suggest buyers on a budget to get their Atlas with the smaller 2.0-liter engine. This engine has enough power to take care of your daily driving requirements. However, if AWD is more important for you, then the V6 S trim should satisfy your needs.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Engine and Performance

"With the exception of a horsepower deficit, the Atlas is a pretty pleasant crossover to wheel around, especially considering its size. Effortless but direct steering, a quick-shifting transmission and confident brakes are the main components to credit for the enjoyable driving experience."- Edmunds

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is offered with two engine configurations. The smaller turbocharged 2.0L Inline-four belts out 235 horsepower but it brings almost as much torque as the larger V6 258 lb-ft. With a full load of cargo and passengers, the more powerful 3.6L V6 with 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque can struggle at inclines and merging.

Models

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$30,750

$30,900

$30,925

$32,365

$31,995

$31,030

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6 SIDI VVT

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

2.7L 4-Cylinder(DOHC) 16-Valve

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Power

276 hp

280 hp

310 hp

288 @ 6500

260 hp @ 5,600

185 hp

Torque

266 lb-ft

262 lb-ft

266 lb-ft

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

277 lb-ft. @ 2,000 rpm

184 lb-ft

Transmission duties are taken care by an 8-speed gearbox is the only available transmission. While the base 2.0L inline-four is only available with FWD, the 3.6L V6 can be equipped with Volkswagen's All-Wheel Drive system (4MOTION). The VW Atlas AWD offers excellent traction even in slippery situations and is a worthwhile upgrade for handling inclement weather conditions.

When we consider power output, Chevy Traverse offers 310 hp followed by Ford's 288 hp output. On paper, VW Atlas has 276 hp output but when we consider drivability the Atlas can be a bit sluggish when the going gets a bit tough.

Acceleration

The Atlas equipped with the 2.0L TSI does 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. Surprisingly, the larger V6 engine is slower to pass the 60 MPH marker. It takes 7.9 seconds despite having 41 horsepower more than the inline-four. However, Atlas V6 also weighs 500 pounds more. This disturbs Atlas's power to weight ratio

Models

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

0-60 MPH

7.9 sec

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

8.2 seconds

6.9 seconds

8.9 sec

Quarter mile

16.0 sec

15.1 sec

15.6 sec

16.3 seconds

15.5 seconds

15.4 sec

Engine

3.6L

3.5L

3.6L

3.5 L V6

2.4 L H4

2.7L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

8.0

8.4

N/A

N/A

8.0

Honda's segment best 6.1-second run is followed by Chevy's 6.9-second 0-60 MPH. Honda's 3.5-liter I-Vtec needs to be revved to extract that segment leading performance. Let's face it, large three-row crossovers aren't meant to be used that way. Still when you compare the Honda Pilot with the Atlas you will find the former to be much-accomplished driver's vehicle.

Ride and Handling

The Atlas rides with excellent compliance and all but the harsh bumps are smoothened out effortlessly. This combined with excellent noise insulation (second only to the whisper-quiet Chevy Traverse) and famed German high-speed stability to make this VW SUV a true long-distance liner.

This does not imply the Atlas can't handle corners. The driver-selectable Sport Mode sharpens up the steering, throttle, and transmission transforming this German SUV into a machine capable of handling corners well. The steering provides great feedback for a three row vehicle and lets you know the exact status of the front tires. If you push the Atlas around corners, it will show body roll. Visibility is good, you have wide side view mirrors and getting accustomed to driving the VW Atlas wouldn't take much time.

Braking

The Atlas comes with 13.2-inch brake rotors up front and 12.2-inch brake rotors at the rear wheels. These can haul the Atlas from 60 mph in 115 feet. That's second to Ford Explorer. Apart from raw numbers, the Atlas brake pedal also delivers best in class pedal response.

Model

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Brake Front(in)

13.2

12.6

12.8

12.8

13.1

12.9

Brake Rear(in)

12.2

13.0

13.0

12.8

13

12.2

Curb weight(lbs.)

4222

4288

4713

4458

4430

4165

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

128

126

108 (With optional tires)

119

126

 

             
             
             

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Fuel Economy

With the base 2.0L TSI engine, the Atlas delivers 22 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway. While that's better than the competition, the competition uses significantly more powerful V6 engines. The Atlas V6 is significantly thirstier delivering 17 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway.

Model

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota Highlander

MPG (city)

22

18

18

20

MPG (highway)

26

26

27

24

MPG (combined)

24

21

21

22

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

8.0/10

"Third-row seating is best left to children in most SUVs, but not in the Atlas, which has plenty of head- and legroom in all three rows. The second-row seats tilt up and slide forward and backward to allow easy access to the third row. For installing child safety seats, there are three complete sets of LATCH connections on the second-row seats and a tether anchor on each third-row seat."-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The Atlas interior has a typical Volkswagen look and feel with clean elegant lines and intuitively arranged controls. However, what's more, impressive is the space. While the first and second-row room is up with the segment best, the third row beats all of them outright. Third-row access is easy and once seated, even 6-feet adults will find decent headroom and legroom.

Model

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Passenger capacity

7

8

8

7

8

8

Passenger Volume(ft cube)

153.7

151.7

150.8

151.7

153.5

144.9

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.3/61.5/41.5

39.5/62/40.9

41.3/62.1/41

41.4/61.5/42.9

41.3/61.1/42.2

40.7/59.3/44.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.4/60.8/37.6

39.9/62/38.4

40/62.2/38.4

40.6/61/39.5

40/ 60.3/ 38.6

39.9/59.6/38.4

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/54.9/33.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.2/57.5/33.5

37.8/50.8/32

36.3/57.2/31.7

35.9/55/27.7

Cargo Capacity

Apart from the impressive passenger volume, the Atlas also impresses with its capacious boot. Behind third row, the Atlas offers 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That's up with the segment best Chevy traverse. Folding third row liberates 55.5 cubic feet of space, again better than all others except Chevy Traverse. Finally, with all seats folded, Atlas offers an impressive 96.8 cubic feet of luggage capacity.

Model

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota Highlander

Behind 3nd Row(ft. Cube)

20.6

16.5

23.0

13.8

With 3nd row folded (ft. Cube)

55.5

46.8

58.1

42.3

With All Seats folded (ft. Cube)

96.8

83.9

98

83.7

Towing Capacity

If the huge cabin and payload capacity of the Atlas is not enough for you, you can tow 5000 pounds trailer with a properly equipped Atlas. The competitors also have similar tow rating with only the Chevy Traverse edging slightly ahead with a towing capacity of 5200 pounds.

Model

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Capacity (lbs.)

5000

5000

5200

5000

5000

5000

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

 

Infotainment System

The base Atlas S gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a six-speaker audio system. Splurging to the Atlas SE gets you a larger 8.0 -inch touchscreen infotainment system and two additional speakers apart from three USB ports and Sirius XM satellite radio. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is available exclusively in Atlas SEL premium.

Some of the key highlights of the Atlas's infotainment system are:

  • Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with 6-month trial subscription
  • SiriusXM® All Access with 3-month trial subscription
  • Fender Premium Audio System
  • 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display
  •  2 front USB data ports and 2 rear charging ports

Interior Features

The Atlas flaunts a clean and minimalistic dash view that is strictly a utilitarian. It doesn't flaunt any flashy design elements. Each and every amenity is within the reach of the driver and he doesn't have to take his eyes off the road for the most part. The fit and finish of the materials are true to its German genes and feel robust to touch. There are barely any panel gaps that spoil the view. All in all, VW has perfectly executed the interiors of the Atlas making it more user-friendly than most of its rivals. That said, some of the key highlights of the Atlas's cabin are:

  • Climatronic 3-zone automatic climate control with dedicated AC vents for all three rows
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support and memory function
  • 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
  • Heated and Ventilated front seats
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • 60/40 split-folding second row

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior

The Atlas is styled like a typical Volkswagen product with clean lines and an understated demeanor. It relies on proportions to exude a confident stance. However, this Volkswagen SUV also has plenty of muscular details befitting its size. Speaking of size, it spans 198.3 inches in length and 78.3 inches in width. At 69.7-inch it's just as tall as any other SUV here.

Model

Volkswagen Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

curb weight(lbs.)

4222

4288

4713

4458

4430

4165

Length(in)

198.3

194.5

204.3

198.3

196.8

192.5

Width(in)

78.3

78.6

78.6

78.9

76

75.8

Height(in)

69.7

69.8

70.7

70

71.6

68.1

Ground clearance(in)

8.0

7.3

7.2

7.8

8.7

8

Wheelbase(in)

117.3

111

120.9

112.8

113.8

109.8

Track width(in) F/R

67.2/67.8

66.3/66.3

67.3/67.0

67/67

64.4/ 64.2

64.4/64.2

Exterior Features

The Atlas's massive road presence not just attributes to its big size but is also crescented by many visual cues that further accentuate the look of the car. Some of these highlights are:

  • Automatic LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Foglights with low-speed corner-illuminating feature
  • Power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof
  • Side mirrors with memory feature
  • Silver roof rails
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 20" triple 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • Remote opening and closing power liftgate with closing assist

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Safety

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes equipped with a standard backup camera and then a lot more. Some of the standard safety features offered with the Atlas are:

  • Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Rollover sensor system
  • Rear Vision Camera.
  • Child security rear door locks.
  • Passenger Sensing System.
  • Rear seat reminder.
  • LATCH System.
  • Teen Driver.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Competition

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is one of the most well rounded midsize SUV with well-equipped, spacious seats and high-quality materials. An efficient and powerful engine pulls the pilot briskly along the road. On top of that, the Pilot comes with Honda's reputation for reliability and has great resale value too. However, the Atlas comes with a better third row and it's almost as good in other areas.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Chevrolet Traverse

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse blends charismatic styling with plenty of passenger space and cargo capacity. The seats are supportive and higher trims cover them in soft materials. This is accompanied by a plush ride and composed highway manners. Also, the traverse is one of the quietest in the class. That said, the Atlas is nearly in many ways and better in some - like handling.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander

The 2019 Toyota Highlander packs an upscale interior, a powerful V6 engine and plenty of advanced active safety features as standard. While its V6 is strong, it's also available with an efficient four-cylinder motor. However, while the Highlander can seat 8, its third row is significantly tighter than the third row in Atlas.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Ford Explorer

Explorer is one of the oldest nameplates in this segment. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is rated for 288 horsepower. The Explorer offers a spacious cabin, decent off-roading capacity and the versatility of three engine choices. The Atlas offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Ford Explorer (higher trims) offers more features than the Atlas but it comes at a bigger price tag.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent is the newest contender in the three-row crossover segment. It is powered by a four-cylinder boxer engine. Unlike the Volkswagen Atlas, the Subaru Ascent is a better driving three-row crossover. And when it comes to standard features, Ascent is equipped with standard AWD, Subaru's Eyesight safety system and offers better cargo and passenger volume than most crossovers in this segment. If you want a good-driving crossover without compromising on utility then Ascent comes off as a better choice.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Final Verdict

After a long time, Volkswagen has a SUV that doesn't look like a big box. Atlas is a product that is going to find its way to the list of many potential shoppers. It is comfortable, offers great flexibility for passenger and cargo. It's immensely spacious inside with a third row that's easily among the best in the segment. On top of that, the cabin is impressively quiet even at high speeds and rides of supple suspension.

That the Atlas can also excite you through curvy roads is just icing on the cake. There are shortcomings though mainly in the powertrain department. The V6 does not pack enough punch and is not particularly efficient either. Also, the base 2.0L TSI engine is unavailable with AWD. Still, the Volkswagen Atlas offers a genuinely appealing package and is an easy recommendation if want a family-friendly SUV.