2019 Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP $30,895 - $48,395

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a great-handling three-row crossover SUV offering great ride quality and impressive amounts of space. The Atlas is a relatively new member in the segment and was introduced in 2018. For 2019 the Atlas gains some extra standard safety features while mostly continuing as a carryover model. It comes with an executive-looking exterior as well as an interior that looks updated and fresh even though it is mostly the same as last year’s model. 

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Pros

Spacious interior

Usable third row

Good ride quality

Cons

Slower than rivals

Low fuel efficiency

What's New?

Forward collision mitigation

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

Mostly unchanged for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30895

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 4500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

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

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

546.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

6 yr./ 72000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 72000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 72,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$30,895 onwards

V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION$33,095 onwards

SE$34,095 onwards

V6 S 4MOTION$34,095 onwards

V6 SE$35,495 onwards

SE w/Technology$35,895 onwards

V6 SE w/Technology$37,295 onwards

V6 SE 4MOTION$37,295 onwards

V6 SEL$41,395 onwards

V6 SEL 4MOTION$43,195 onwards

V6 SEL R-Line$43,345 onwards

V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION$45,145 onwards

V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION$48,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Volkswagen Atlas in Admiral Blue color
Admiral Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.1

Engine and Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

6.6

Interior

8.9

Exterior

7.2

Safety

8.5

Competition

9.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes with two engine options including a 4-cylinder and a stronger V6. All models come standard in an FWD drivetrain configuration while AWD is optional and can only be opted with the V6. The Atlas comes in a total of seven trim options at varying price points. Pricing starts at $30,895 and goes up to $48,395 for the top-end trim. It competes with the 2019 Toyota Highlander, 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, and the 2019 Honda Pilot. 


7.2/10
Engine and Performance

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

8.9/10
Interior

7.2/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety

9.5/10
Competition


2019 Volkswagen Atlas Features

The 2019 Atlas comes in three main trim options and four sub-trim options. A total of seven options all of which are considered as trims by Volkwagen. The main trims of the Volkswagen Atlas are namely S, SE, and SEL. The SE further comes in two other versions that are SE Tech and SE Tech R-Line while the SEL comes in two other sub-trim options which are SEL R-Line and SEL Premium. Two among these are, as we can see, R-Line editions and they come with special exterior and interior appearance elements. 

The other sub-trims, the SE Tech is the SE trim with some extra technological and driver assistance features while the SEL Premium is the top-of-the-line most luxurious trim offering the maximum of features and creature comfort. The base S trim comes with a standard 2.0 L Inline-4 engine in an FWD configuration whereas if you opt for the 4Motion AWD model then it’ll be equipped with the stronger 3.6 L V6 which is the standard engine in all other trims. All trims except the top-end SEL Premium come with a choice between FWD or AWD whereas the SEL Premium is exclusively AWD.

Trims

S

SE

SE Tech

SE Tech R-Line

SEL

SEL R-Line

SEL Premium

MSRP

$30,895 (Inline-4 FWD)

$34,095 (V6 AWD)

$35,495 (V6 FWD)

$37,295 (V6 AWD)

FWD) $37,295 (V6 FWD)

$39,095 (V6 AWD)

$39,245 (V6 FWD)

$41,045 (V6 AWD)

$41,395 (V6 FWD)

$43,195 (V6 AWD)

$43,345 (V6 FWD)

$45,145 (V6 AWD)

$48,395 (V6 AWD)

Key Features

LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Foglights with low-speed corner-illuminating feature

Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror 

20" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels

Power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof

20" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels

Leather seating surfaces for 1st and 2nd row

 

18" 5-spoke alloy wheels

Climatronic 3-zone automatic climate control

Remote opening and a closing power liftgate with closing assist

R-Line spec bumpers

8-way power passenger seat

R-Line spec bumpers

Fender Premium Audio System

 

Dual-zone climate control with air vents for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rows

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Remote start

R-Line spec side skirts

Driver’s seat with memory

R-Line spec side skirts

Ventilated front seats

 

Cloth seating surfaces

Power-adjustable lumbar support for driver’s seat

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

R-Line Badging

Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with 

8" color display

R-Line Badging

 
 

Composition Color touchscreen sound system with 6.5" color display

V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces

Lane-keeping assist

R-Line interior trim

Volkswagen Car-Net Guide & Inform with 3-month SiriusXM Traffic trial subscription and 3-month SiriusXM Travel Link trial subscription

R-Line interior trim

 
 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Engine Brake Assist (EBA

Composition Media touchscreen sound system with 8" color display

Active Blind-Spot Monitor.

 

Park Distance Control

   
 

60/40-split folding 2nd row, 3rd-row easy entry, and 50/50-split folding 3rd row

     

Maneuver Braking (included in Park Distance Control)

   
         

Volkswagen Digital Cockpit

   

We Recommend

The SEL trim would be the ideal option in the Volkswagen Atlas lineup offering a great set of features. It offers a considerable amount of increased feature set over all of the lower trims while being significantly cheaper than the highest-end trims. The SEL trim comes with an updated touchscreen infotainment unit along with a sunroof and more luxury on the interior. All of this makes it the best option to choose.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Engine and Performance

7.2/10

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is offered with two engine options. The base engine is a 2.0L TSI, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is the standard engine in only the lowest S trim in an FWD configuration. From the SE trim and upwards, the standard engine is a 3.6L, 24-valve, DOHC, narrow-angle V6 with FSI 

direct fuel injection outputting 276 hp and 266 lb-ft maximum power and torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with all engines in all trims. 

The power difference between the two engines as we can see is not very drastic. However, the V6 is definitely the better option, as it delivers decent acceleration figures while not being a powerhouse that can overpower or even overtake its rivals. The power output for the Atlas is on the lower side in the segment, while the torque figures are on par with the competition. The acceleration figures from the Atlas with the 3.6 L V6 is respectable but not praiseworthy, it can reach a speed of 60mph in 8.0 seconds while the quarter-mile is crossed in 16.1 seconds. 

Models

2019 Volkswagen Atlas V6 S 4Motion

2019 Toyota Highlander LE 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2019 Honda Pilot LX

MSRP

$34,095

$35,340

$34,900

$33,350

Engine

3.6 L V6

3.5 L V6

3.6 L V6

3.5 L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

276 hp @ 6200 rpm

295 hp @ 6600 rpm

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

266 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm

263 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 2800 rpm

262 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.0

7.2

6.5

6.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.1

15.5

14.9

14.8

Top Speed (mph)

       

The Chevrolet Traverse is the most powerful among all of these, while the Honda Pilot is the fastest. The Toyota however, is the loudest and it just screams while pushed in on the throttle. The Volkswagen Atlas is the least powerful and is significantly slower than the competition. The transmission of the Atlas is efficient and quick-shifting, but the machine just lacks power. The Honda Pilot, however, is definitely the most athletic option in the segment.

How well does the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Drive and Handle?

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a well-handling machine but is certainly not the most enthusiastic or engaging one to drive. The huge crossover is surely not a blissful machine to drive around corners. In straight lines as well as in the city environment, the Atlas is easy to handle and drive around, but in corners, the driving experience is not that engaging. The road grip as well as the stability of the vehicle is pretty good but increases significantly when the 4Motion AWD drivetrain is chosen. 

The ride quality is great and the occupants would be comfortable over rough patches of roads. The steering is also responsive and the driver would always feel in connection with the Atlas all the time. The Atlas is best suited in the urban jungle, as in the twisties, its agility is not the best in the corners. Overall the Volkswagen Atlas is a good-handling three-row SUV.

How efficient is the braking performance of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas? 

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is equipped with super-efficient brakes that can bring this huge and hefty vehicle to a stop in a shorter distance. The Atlas is equipped with 13.2-inch rotors in the front and 12.2-inch ones in the rear. These effectively bring the Atlas to a stop in just 115 ft. which is one of the best distances in the segment. Being a vehicle weighing more than 4,500 lbs, the Atlas stopping at such a short distance is definitely impressive. 

Model

2019 Volkswagen Atlas V6 S 4Motion

2019 Toyota Highlander LE 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2019 Honda Pilot LX

Brake Rotors Front

13.2

12.9

N/A

12.6

Brake Rotors Rear

12.2

12.2

N/A

13.0

Curb Weight

4,528

4,398

4,362

4,217

Braking Distance 60-0 (ft.)

115

128

130

129

The Atlas really outperforms its rivals in terms of braking capabilities. All other vehicles in the segment perform very well in the braking department, but the Atlas is just one step above all of them. The Chevrolet Traverse is the worst performer in terms of braking, but still the difference between the Traverse and other cars except the Atlas is negligible. The Atlas however, does have a significant advantage over the rivals in the braking department. 

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Fuel Economy

6.6/10

Despite being the least powerful machine among all of the competition, the Atlas doesn’t provide us with surprising or even impressive fuel efficiency. The Atlas is one of the least efficient vehicles in this class. With the V6 engine under the hood, the Atlas delivers an efficiency of 17 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway and a combined efficiency of 19mpg. Along with a lower sized 18.6 gallon fuel capacity, it provides us with a combined range of around 353 miles which is a low distance. 

Models

2019 Volkswagen Atlas V6 S 4Motion

2019 Toyota Highlander LE 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2019 Honda Pilot LX

MPG (City)

17

19

17

18

MPG (Highway)

23

26

25

26

MPG (Combined)

19

22

20

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.6

19.2

21.7

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

316/428/353

365/499/422

369/542/434

351/507/409

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is the most efficient machine among all of these delivering a combined efficiency of 22 mpg. However, the Chevrolet Traverse with a slightly lower efficiency delivers the most range, due to its higher capacity of 21.7 gallons. The Pilot however, amazes us with an impressive combined fuel-efficiency of 21 mpg even while being the fastest vehicle in this class.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

8.9/10

The Volkswagen Atlas is an ultra-spacious SUV offering immense amounts of space in the first and second rows and a usable third row with enough space. The lower trims come with cloth seating surfaces in Titan Black which are upgraded to V-Tex leatherette in the mid-level trims with one more color option which is named Shetland. The highest-end trim comes with ventilated leather seating surfaces for 1st and 2nd row and comes with one more color choice that is Golden Oak. 

The Atlas features a 60/40-split folding 2nd row providing easy entry to the 3rd-row and a 50/50-split folding 3rd row. The third row is also spacious and can accommodate adults comfortably. This is one of the main advantages of the Atlas as it doesn’t come with a useless third row. Ingress and egress to and fro the Atlas is easy and visibility outward is also good. Overall the Atlas comes with a feature-rich and premium interior that is neatly designed. 

Models

2019 Volkswagen Atlas V6 S 4Motion

2019 Toyota Highlander LE 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2019 Honda Pilot LX

Seating Capacity

7

8

8

8

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

41.3/61.5/41.5

40.7/59.3/44.2

41.3/62.1/41.0

40.1/62.0/40.9

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

40.4/60.8/37.6

39.9/59.6/38.4

40.0/62.2/38.4

40.2/62.0/38.4

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

38.3/54.9/33.7

35.9/55.0/27.7

38.2/57.5/33.5

38.9/57.6/31.9

Cargo Capacity

20.6

13.8

23.0

16.5

The Volkswagen Atlas and the Chevy Traverse are the most spacious options in this segment offering a usable third row and spacious front and second rows. The Atlas however, has the better quality interior. The Honda Pilot also comes with a spacious interior although not as spacious as these machines, but the ingress and egress to and from the third row of the Pilot is not an easy task. The Highlander happens to be the least spacious one and it’s third row is properly cramped. The following are some of the most important interior features of the Volkswagen Atlas-

  • Climatronic 3-zone automatic climate control
  • Interior ambient lighting 
  • Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Heated seats
  • 8-way power passenger seat
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Driver’s seat with memory 
  • Power-adjustable lumbar support for driver’s seat 
  • Ventilated front seats

How intuitive is the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas’s infotainment unit?

The Volkswagen Atlas’s infotainment unit differs according to the trim chosen. The base trim comes with a composition color touchscreen sound system along with 6.5" color display which is upgraded to a 8-inch unit in the mid-level trims. The higher end SEL trim and upwards gets another 8-inch infotainment unit named Discover Media along with the Volkswagen digital cockpit. The infotainment unit is easy to use and intuitive and the Fender premium audio system in the top-end trim is also impressive. The following are some of the most important infotainment features-

  • Volkswagen Digital Cockpit
  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with 8" color display
  • Fender Premium Audio System
  • SiriusXM Traffic trial subscription and 3-month 
  • SiriusXM Travel Link trial subscription
  • 2 front USB data ports and 2 rear USB charging ports 
  • SiriusXM All Access with 3-month trial subscription

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior

7.2/10

The Volkswagen Atlas is an old-school looking SUV that has a boxy design language with a sleek, but not very curvy design language. The Atlas is available in eight exterior color options and the wheels range from 18 to 21-inches according to the trim chosen. The Atlas is definitely not a looker, but is an executive looking machine that doesn’t actually want to be a poser but a functional vehicle. Overall it is a typical Volkswagen-looking SUV offering the plane and flat design language, but in the usual, good way. 

The R-Line models have some distinct styling elements all around and inside them including 20-inch wheels, exclusive bumpers, side skirts and badges. The Atlas is a heavy SUV weighing in at 4,528 lbs. The added heft is the main thing that affects the speed of the vehicle. The Volkswagen Atlas is still a plain looking SUV in the midst of more aggressive and updated looking vehicles. 

Models

2019 Volkswagen Atlas V6 S 4Motion

2019 Toyota Highlander LE 

2019 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2019 Honda Pilot LX

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,528

4,398

4,362

4,217

Length (inches)

198.3

192.5

204.3

196.5

Width (inches)

78.3

75.8

78.6

78.6

Height (inches)

70.0

68.1

70.7

70.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

8.0

8.0

7.3

Wheelbase (inches)

117.3

109.8

120.9

111.0

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is the most bland looking vehicle compared to the competition. The Toyota and the Chevy are the more sporty looking ones while the Pilot looks classy and sporty at the same time. The Pilot also happens to be the least practical with a lower ground clearance of 7.3-inches which is slightly lower than all of the others with the same ground clearance. The Chevrolet and the Atlas are the largest ones and they obviously also offer the most space. The following are some of the most important exterior features of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas-

  • LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Automatic headlights
  • Fog Lights with low-speed corner-illuminating feature
  • Power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof 
  • Remote opening and a closing power liftgate with closing assist 
  • R-Line bumpers and badging 
  • 21" two-tone machined alloy wheels

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Safety

8.5/10

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a very safe vehicle equipped with a lot of safety features as standard as well as optional features. The standard features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Engine Brake Assist (EBA) along with many others. NHTSA as well as IIHS have also tested and rated Atlas. Both agencies have awarded the Atlas with impressive ratings including an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA as well as Good ratings from IIHS. The following are some of the most important safety features in the Volkswagen Atlas-

  • Overhead View Camera (Area View)
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Pedestrian Monitoring (included in Front Assist)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Park Distance Control
  • Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist)
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Maneuver Braking (included in Park Distance Control)

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Competition

9.5/10

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is a great option in this segment offering a little more sporty driving experience. It is also faster and offers slightly better fuel economy compared to the Atlas. The Volkswagen Atlas is, however, the more spacious option offering a much better third row. Overall, if drivability and reliability is your concern, then the Highlander would be the better choice, but to carry more people around comfortably, the Atlas would be a better choice. 

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse is a very capable contender in this segment, and has much more potential than the Atlas. The Chevy is more powerful and significantly faster than the Atlas while also delivering an increased fuel economy. The interior space of the Chevy is also pretty much on par with the Traverse. Overall the Traverse is a much better choice than the Atlas.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Honda Pilot

The 2019 Honda Pilot is the most athletic and sporty machine in the segment. It is much faster than the Atlas while also being a better looking machine. The Atlas has a more spacious third row and an increased overall interior space over the Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot is also the better choice in terms of fuel efficiency. Overall if not for space, the Pilot is the best option and only if you need a spacious third row, then opt for the VW.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Final Verdict

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a spacious and luxurious option in the three-row SUV segment. The Atlas offers a spacious interior including a usable third row that can seat adults. However, the Atlas is not the most sporty or powerful machine, or the most engaging one to drive. Even so, it doesn’t offer an increased fuel efficiency and also lacks range. Overall, the Volkswagen Atlas is not the best option in the segment considering that the Chevy Traverse and Honda Pilot are better choices. 

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