2022 Volkswagen Atlas

Rating8.0

Ranked #9 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$33,900 - $51,070

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Key Spec of 2022 Volkswagen Atlas
fuel economy

21/23/25

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

181 hp @ 3400 rpm

basic warranty

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2022 Volkswagen Atlas Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Built on the same MQB chassis architecture, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas will majorly be a carryover model, apart from some feature upgrades, since it received a complete refresh last year with updated front and rear fascias, an increase in length by 3-inches, updated interiors, and trim levels. Priced at an MSRP of $33,475, the 2022 Atlas now comes in just six trim levels. The SE trim now gets an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, whereas the new R-Line Black Package gets black exterior accents, and also black 20-inch wheels.

The Volkswagen Atlas is a recent entrant into the mid-size crossover market and was launched in 2017. With rivals stepping up their game, the Atlas received a comprehensive facelift last year to remain competitive. The mechanicals remains the same and it continues to be offered with two engine options, a 2.0L turbocharged unit, and a 3.6L V6 engine, with all-wheel-drive available as an option.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Improved and handsome looks

Interior quality could be better

New SEL R-Line Black package

A practical and spacious cabin

Limited engine options compared to rivals

SE w/Technology gets 20-inch black wheel package

Well balanced ride with predictable handling

Unimpressive V6 engine

SE variant gets an 8-inch digital instrument cluster

Best-in-class driver assistance features

Average fuel economy

SEL Premium gets standard R-Line package

Over All Rating

8.0

Out of 10

Engine and Performace7.00
Pricing and Features9.00
Features7.50
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior8.00
Exterior8.50
Safety9.00
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#9 in Midsize Suv

#10 in Suv


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Trims

SE$33,900 onwards

  • 18-inch aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Climatic manual front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers
  • Remote keyless entry
  • SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM stereo

SEL$43,670 onwards

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind-Spot intervention
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Lane keeping system
  • Navigation system
  • Power-Adjustable passenger seat

SEL R-Line$46,820 onwards

  • Dark gray 20-inch wheels
  • R-Line interior trim
  • Sporty front and rear bumpers

SEL R-Line Black$47,370 onwards

  • Black badges
  • Black grille
  • Black mirror caps

SEL Premium R-Line$51,070 onwards

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-Folding mirrors
  • Ventilated front seats


Colors and Styles

2022 Volkswagen Atlas in Pacific Blue  Metallic color
Pacific Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Being the largest SUV in Volkswagen’s lineup, the 2022 Atlas has a lot riding on its shoulders. Despite tough competition from Korean giants like the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade, the Atlas still managed to sell more than 80,000 units last year, a huge improvement from 27,000 back in 2017. As expected, the Atlas continues to be a very comfortable and practical SUV with plenty of features to offer. Because of the minimal changes for the 2022 model, we can expect a full-on revamp for the year 2023. The mid-size crossover segment is very competitive with rivals like the Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

What is the Price of the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas?

With no major changes expected, the pricing will hover around the same price bracket, albeit with a minimal hike. For 2022, the Volkswagen Atlas will start from an MSRP of $33,475 and will go all the way up to $50,645, for the top-of-the-line trim.

What is the Release Date of the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas?

There has been no official release date from Volkswagen yet, but expect the 2022 Atlas to hit the showrooms by the Fall of this year.


Buying Advice

The 2022 VW Atlas is a feature-rich SUV from the base trim onwards with more focus on practicality and creature comfort. To get a perfect synchronization of features and price, the SE with the Technology package upgrade is the best fit. The features standard on the trim makes it lucrative, and the scope of adding features like a panoramic sunroof and hands-free tailgate along with bigger 20-inch wheels, all for an MSRP of $37,645, makes the deal sweeter.

Features
7.5/10

The 2022 Atlas will be offered in six trim levels - SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL R-Line Black, and SEL Premium R-Line - with three optional packages on offer including the Tech Package, the Premium Package, and the R-Line Package, all of which add various features and styling elements. The price range of the SUV starts from $33,475 and goes up to $50,645 for the top-end SEL Premium R-Line trim. The price will increase once you opt for optional packages.

Trim

SE

SE w/ Technology

SEL

SEL R-Line SEL R-Line Black SEL Premium R-Line

MSRP (est.)

$33,475

$37,645

$43,245

$46,395

$42,707

$50,645

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Adds to SE

Adds to SE w/ Technology

Adds to SEL

Adds to SEL R-Line

Adds to SEL R-Line Black
 

LED headlights

Wireless charging pad

Technology package

Standard all-wheel drive

Black 20-inch wheels

21-inch two-tone machined alloy wheels
 

6.5-inch touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

Towing package

Ventilated front seats

Black R-Line styling elements

Overhead View Camera
 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

Second-row USB ports

Panoramic sunroof

R-Line bumpers and badging

Heated second-row seats

R-Line bumpers and badging
 

VW Digital Cockpit

Heated front seats

Travel Assist & Emergency Assist

Volkswagen's Car-Net app services

 

 

The SE trim can be bought with the Technology package for $2,000 more, which adds a lot more features. The more powerful 3.6L V6 engine is available as an option on the SE trim with Technology package, SEL, and SEL with Premium package for around $3,500 more. The R-Line packages available with the SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trims add several visual upgrades like special badging, blackened trims, and large 21-inch dual-tone alloy wheels. All trims can be upgraded with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system for $1,900 more.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The Atlas' driving dynamics fell to the wayside. It's down on power compared to its competitors, and its transmission tuning leaves a lot to be desired - Motortrend

The Volkswagen Atlas will continue to get two engine options, a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 engine producing 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and a 3.6L V6 engine producing slightly more power at 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, which is available as an option. Both engine options are paired to a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels. The optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is available on all trim levels.

The 2.0L turbocharged engine propels from 0-60 MPH in 7.8 seconds and passes the quarter-mile in 16 seconds. The optional V6 engine cuts that time by 0.5 seconds and reaches the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds. The Volkswagen Atlas offers a balanced and comfortable ride without compromising on handling dynamics. The steering is communicative, and the midsize SUV handles gracefully around corners.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$33,475

$33,500

$32,550

$32,925

Engine

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

3.8-Liter Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5-Liter Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

235 hp @ 4,500 RPM

291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

280 hp @ 6,000 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

258 lb- ft @ 1,600 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

262 lb- ft @ 4,700 RPM

310 lb- ft @ 3,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 7.8 secs 7.2 secs 6.2 secs 6.8 secs
Quarter Mile 16.0 secs 15.4 secs 15.0 secs 15.3 secs

Unsurprisingly, with the most powerful engine, the Ford Explorer is one of the fastest of the bunch, reaching 60 MPH in just 6.8 seconds, followed by the Kia Telluride which takes 7.2 seconds. Both the Volkswagen Atlas and Kia Telluride are comparatively slower, taking more than 7 seconds to reach 60 MPH. When comparing the price, the Kia Telluride turns out to be the most expensive, albeit with a slight difference from the Volkswagen Atlas.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas model will continue to get the 2.0L TFSI engine as standard, which offers a decent economy with 20 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highways, and 22 MPG combined. The more powerful V6 engine is rated at 18 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 18 MPG combined, which is significantly lower than the base engine. Unfortunately, the Atlas doesn’t come with a hybrid powertrain, but we can expect one in the coming years. With an 18.6-gallon tank capacity, the Atlas offers an impressive range of 446 miles on the highway.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

21

20

20

21

MPG (Highway)

25

26

27

28

MPG (Combined)

22

23

23

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.6

18.8

19.5

17.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

372/446.4/409.2

376/488.8/432.4

390/526.5/448.5

375.9/501.2/429.6

The Ford Explorer continues to impress with a combined rating of 24 MPG, which is best in class, despite producing 300 hp. Even with larger capacity V6 engines, both the Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot are more efficient than the Atlas with a combined rating of 23 MPG compared to 22 MPG on the Atlas. When comparing the overall range, Honda offers the most at 526 miles on highways.

Interior
8.0/10

The Tennessee-built Atlas offers plenty of space, a nice balance of ride and comfort and road feel, and easy-to-use tech features - Edmunds

With minimal changes expected, the 2022 Atlas model will continue to get the same interiors and features, but with improvements of course. Like most Volkswagens, the interiors are well built and have an elegant design. All the controls are ergonomically placed and easy to reach and get used to. The Atlas gets one of the most practical cabins in its class, with plenty of cup holders to hold drinks and comfortable seating for adults, even in the third row.

The ergonomics are spot-on, and finding a comfortable driving position is an easy affair. Adding to the practicality are plenty of well-placed storage spaces around the cabin. With both rows folded, the Atlas offers enough cargo space to move a house. Moreover, for 2022, the Volkswagen Atlas now gets an updated 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Whereas, the SE w/ Technology trim now gets an added USB-C ports even in the third row.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

7

8

8

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.3/61.5/41.5

40.9/61.6/41.4

40.1/62/40.9

40.7/61.8/43

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.4/60.8/37.6

40.2/59.9/42.4

40.2/62/38.4

40.5/61.9/39

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.3/54.9/33.7

38.1/55.3/31.4

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.9/54.6/32.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

20.6

21

16.5

18.2

Some notable infotainment features are:

  • 6.5 or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Volkswagen digital cockpit
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 6 or 8 speaker sound system
  • 3-zone climate control
  • Ambient lighting
Exterior
8.5/10

The 2022 Atlas model will continue to get the same handsome design as the previous model year. With the 2021 refresh, the Atlas received a refreshed design at the front and rear. With an attractive three-bar grille, revised LED headlights, and a body kit on the R-Line models, the Atlas continues to be a looker. The updates have also made the Atlas 3 inches longer, which is taken up by the redesigned front and rear end.

The Volkswagen Atlas gets a rigged and boxy design with a prominent body line connecting the headlights and taillights. The bigger alloys on the R-Line and SEL trims improve the look significantly. For 2022, the Volkswagen Atlas R-Line Black package now brings about black 20-inch wheels, along with the latest R-Line styling elements. When comparing the curb weight, Kia Telluride turns out to be the heaviest option in the competition.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

4262

4354

4036

4345

Length (inches)

200.7

196.9

196.5

198.8

Width (inches)

78.3

78.3

78.6

78.9

Height (inches)

70.1

68.9

70.6

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.1

8

7.3

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

117.3

114.2

111

119.1

Some notable exterior features are:

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • New three-bar grille
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Silver roof-rails
  • 21-inch two-tone alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Power-folding heated mirrors
Safety
9.0/10

The Volkswagen Atlas continues to be one of the safest SUVs in its segment with a full 5-star rating in the NHTSA tests and a “Good” overall rating in the IIHS tests. Unfortunately, the Volkswagen Atlas misses out on the “Top Safety Pick'' award which was bagged by some of its rivals. Because the 2022 Atlas is a carryover model, we can expect similar safety ratings. The frontal crash prevention system received a superior rating, while the headlights received a good rating on the higher trim levels. Many standard active and passive safety features are part of the SUV. Along with the standard 6 airbags in place, the 2022 Atlas also gets Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response system to keep the occupants inside safe in any off-chance of a collision.

Standard advanced safety features available with the SUV are:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Pedestrian monitoring
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear traffic alert
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring
Competition
8.0/10

2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2022 Kia Telluride

Both the Atlas and Telluride get similar cabin and cargo space dimensions. The Telluride gets a more powerful and more efficient V6 engine compared to the VW’s Inline-4 engine. But when comparing apples to apples, the V6 on the Atlas is quick on its feet and delivers its output smoother than the Telluride. Also, the driving experience on the German contemporary is better due to a well-insulated cabin and perfectly tuned suspension settings. The cabin quality of both SUVs is similar. The Kia Telluride can also seat one extra occupant, thanks to the second-row bench seat. 

2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2022 Honda Pilot

Like the Telluride, the Honda Pilot also gets a more powerful V6 engine, which is more fuel-efficient than the Atlas’s. The 2022 Pilot is expected to receive some major updates which will make it triumphant over the Atlas, but for now, both the SUVs are very similar in terms of performance and overall build quality inside. The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas also gets a bigger trunk to fit in more cargo.

Final Verdict

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas will continue to be one of the most practical and comfortable SUVs in its segment. It’ll come with plenty of unique driver-assistance features like traffic jam assist and road sign detection and make them available at a comparatively affordable price point. Plus, Volkswagen has made the SUV even more worthy of the price-tag, by equipping it with the latest features, and by introducing a new trim on board. If you’re looking for a practical and feature-rich SUV for hauling the family, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas will be an excellent choice.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$43670

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
horse power

370 hp

torque

850 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

198.3 in

wheelbase

117.3 in

width

78.3 in

Height

70 in

capacity
passenger volume

153.7 cu ft

cargo volume

96.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

7 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

20/22/24 mpg


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Volkswagen Atlas 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$33,394
5 Year Cost To Own
$53,358
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $53,358
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$4,068$3,365$3,232$3,793$3,517$17,975
Insurance$1,397$1,447$1,534$1,525$1,653$7,556
Fuel$2,415$2,469$2,533$2,605$2,618$12,640
Maintenance$106$465$585$1,151$1,990$4,297
Repairs$34$-21$7$501$719$1,240
Financing Interest$2,029$1,711$1,200$784$299$6,023
Taxes and Fees$2,784$234$260$153$196$3,627
Total Cost-To-Own$12,833$9,670$9,351$10,512$10,992$53,358
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