2022 Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP $31,705 Est.

Ranked #4 in Suv

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2022 Volkswagen Atlas Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas will most likely be a carryover model 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. 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 remain the same and continue to be offered with two engine options, with all-wheel-drive available as an option. 

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Pros

Improved and handsome looks

A practical and spacious cabin

Well balanced ride with predictable handling

Best-in-class driver assistance features

Cons

Interior quality could be better

Limited engine options compared to rivals

Unimpressive V6 engine

Average fuel economy

What's New?

2022 Volkswagen Atlas is a carryover model from last year with minimal changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31705

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$31,705 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Volkswagen Atlas in Pacific Blue  Metallic color
Pacific Blue Metallic

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

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


Being the largest SUV in Volkswagen’s lineup, the 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 prices to range from $33,000 to $52,000. The mid-size crossover segment is very competitive with rivals like the Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV front view
2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV rear view

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Volkswagen Atlas Features

The 2022 Atlas will be offered in four trim levels - S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium - 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 $31,545 and goes up to $42,707 for the top-end SEL Premium trim. The price will increase once you opt for optional packages.

Trim

S

SE

SEL

SEL Premium

MSRP (est.)

$31,545

$34,895

$42,395

$42,707

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Adds to S

Adds to SE

Adds to SEL

 

LED headlights

Wireless charging pad

Technology package

Standard all-wheel drive

 

6.5-inch touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

Towing package

Standard V6

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

Second-row USB ports

Panoramic sunroof

Ventilated front seats

 

Six-speaker audio system

Heated front seats

Digital instrument panel

Heated second-row seats

 

Wi-Fi hotspot

Three-zone automatic climate control

Driver-seat memory settings

Full leather upholstery

 

Volkswagen's Car-Net app services

Power liftgate

Navigation system

Ambient interior lighting

 

60/40-split second-row bench seat

Power driver's seat

Heated steering wheel

12-speaker Fender premium audio system

 

50/50-split third-row bench

Simulated leather upholstery

Power passenger seat

Automated parking system

 

Forward collision mitigation 

Voice controls

Lane departure mitigation

360-degree camera

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.

We Recommend:

The 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 $37,000, makes the deal sweeter. 

Price:

With no major changes expected, the pricing will hover around the same price bracket, albeit with a minimal hike.

Release Date:

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.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Engine and Performance

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.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV in acceleration mode

The 2.0L engine propels to 60 in 7.8 seconds and passes the quarter-mile in 16 seconds. The optional V6 engine cuts that time by 0.7 seconds and reaches the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds. The Volkswagen Atlas offers a balanced and comfortable ride without compromising on handling. The steering is communicative, and the SUV handles gracefully around corners.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$31,555

$32,190

$32,550

$32,675

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

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

235 @ 4,500

291 @ 6,000

280 @ 6,000

300 @ 5,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

258 @ 1,600

262 @ 5,200

262 @ 4,700

310 @ 3,500

Unsurprisingly, with the most powerful engine, the Ford Explorer is the fastest of the bunch, reaching 60 MPH in just 5.6 seconds, followed by the Honda Pilot which takes 6 seconds. Both the Volkswagen Atlas and Kia Telluride are comparatively slower, taking more than 7 seconds to reach 60 MPH. When comparing the price, Ford turns out to be the most expensive, albeit with a slight difference.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2022 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 16 MPG in the city, 22 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)

20

20

20

21

MPG (Highway)

24

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.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

7.0/10

With minimal changes expected, the 2022 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.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV seats

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

All models of the Atlas come with plenty of features, including a capable touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. Higher trim levels also get satellite radio, a bigger touchscreen with navigation, wireless charging, and more. Some notable 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

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior

9.0/10

The 2022 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. Cargo space remains the same, with decent capacity even with all rows up.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV

Models

2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

4253

4112

3982

4345

Length (inches)

198.3

196.9

196.5

198.8

Width (inches)

78.3

78.3

78.6

78.9

Height (inches)

70

68.9

70.6

70.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

8

8

7.3

8.2

Wheelbase (inches)

117.3

114.2

111

119.1

The 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. When comparing the curb weight, Ford Explorer turns out to be the heaviest option in the competition. 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 

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Safety

6.0/10

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 safety features are part of the SUV. The higher trims also get features like traffic jam assist, road sign detection, lane assist, high beam control, adaptive cruise control, park distance control, and an overhead view camera. 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

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Competition

9.0/10

2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2022 Kia Telluride

Both the Atlas and Telluride get similar cabin and cargo space. The Telluride gets a more powerful and more efficient V6 engine compared to the VW’s Inline-4 engine. But if 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 Kia Telluride

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 Atlas also gets a bigger trunk to fit in more cargo. 

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2022 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer gets one of the best powertrains in its class with more performance and more efficiency, hitting 60 mph in under 6 seconds compared to the 7.8 second run of the Atlas. The Atlas gets a more practical cabin with plenty of space in all three rows. The Atlas is also cheaper than the Ford Explorer. While the Explorer is faster, the Atlas is the better choice of the two, thanks to its practical and comfortable nature. 

2022 Ford Explorer

 

2022 Volkswagen Atlas 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. If you’re looking for a practical and feature-rich SUV for hauling the family, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas will be an excellent choice.

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