The newest model 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is getting a mild makeover for the upcoming year. The crossover SUV market is expanding fast and most carmakers are trying their level best to make the most of the opportunity.
Volkswagen had a presence on the SUV segment for long but in large SUV segment- it was more of a latecomer and the US market is where it lagged behind others. To improve this, the iconic car company launched the Atlas its first ever US-centric large SUV crossover a couple of years back.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas is the great family SUV
The company introduced the Atlas to the US market to cater to the need of buyers looking for large family-centric SUVs. The models like Tiguan and Touareg are popular but the US buyers think of them smaller for their requirements. That is why the Atlas was introduced in the first place. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas has a nice and stylish exterior.
The three-row SUV has a stylish cabin and the company has kept ergonomics in mind when designing it. It is built on the company’s popular and scalable MQB platform. So, some design similarities with VW group vehicles are there. The same is true about its cabin.
Cargo space is pretty decent and VW has included a wide range of small item storage options.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior and Trims
The interior of the new model is very luxurious. The ventilated seats are large and comfortable. The rows are spacious and the third row is actually bigger than most of the segment rivals. It beats rivals like Dodge Durango and Chevy Traverse.
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas will be available with few trim levels in the US market. The base one is S trim will be available with the 2.0-liter engine. This trim will bring dual-zone manual climate control, Volkswagen Car-Net and App-Connect and LED headlights.
However, the V6 S with 4MOTION will add all-wheel-drive system, privacy glass with heat reduction, LED headlights with signature LED daytime running lights and 18″ Prisma alloy wheels. The next one V6 SEL will be available with R-Line appearance package. This one will possess power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, trailer hitch, 4-corner independent suspension, start/ stop system, automatic headlights with coming, LED license plate lighting, 20″ all weather tires, adaptive cruise control and 10-way power front seats.
The top of the offer is a V6 SEL Premium w/ 4MOTION that will be available with Volkswagen Digital cockpit, discover media touchscreen navigation, all wheel drive, hands-free easy-open liftgate, silver roof rails, electromechanical power steering, park assist, park pilot and many others.
Safety Features and Amenities
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes with enough safety features and class-leading amenities. The infotainment setup is a joy to use and speed is butter smooth. It supports smartphone, Bluetooth, satellite radio and GPS. The Digital Cockpit is the USP of the new Atlas and it is delightful with a large 12.3-inch display. You get plenty of USB ports and power outlets in the cabin.
The Fender audio system is optional which will please the audiophiles. Safety features are impressive on top trims but in base two trims- such features can be added as options.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Engine Specifications and Fuel Economy
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is coming with well-performing engines to cater to requirements of all types of buyers. The base one 2.0 Liter engine is there but power seekers should go or the optional V6 engine. This engine will deliver 235 horsepower at 4,500 rpm. It scores on fuel economy on EPA city/highway 22/26 mpg.
Ride quality is pretty good and grip on the road is excellent. Since it is a big vehicle, some vehicles still manage to outshine in acceleration department-more so during highway trips. However, in the urban driving situation, it hits the sweet spot. The next one optional engine is 3.6-liter V6 that makes 276 horsepower at 6,200 rpm. This will provide 18/25 mpg for the FWD and 17/23 mpg for the AWD.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Towing Capacity
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas model with the first engine is not recommended for towing. However, the next one model with the V6 engine can tow maximum 5,000 pounds.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Price, Availability and Rivals
The approx base trim price of 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is $31.000 and the top trim Premium may cost around $50.000. The release time could be in late 2018.
Summing it up
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a large SUV aimed at the US market. The range is impressive and the car ticks most of the boxes. The models Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are the main opponents.