After the last year’s massive facelift, we are pretty sure that the 2022 VW Atlas won’t feature any particular change and that it will be a typical carryover model. Simply, the recent update was that big that we don’t expect anything to be changed before the complete overhaul. Of course, there is always enough room for minor updates, such as new standard features, color options and similar things. Anything more than that would be a real surprise.
All in all, you may count on a spacious and practical crossover, with accommodates adults in all three rows and offers plenty of cargo space. We also like its long list of standard equipment, good handling and intuitive infotainment system. However, this SUV isn’t without flaws. The interior quality isn’t great, while engines are thirstier than you would expect.
As there are no bigger changes to come, we are pretty sure that the 2022 VW Atlas will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 VW Atlas Design
If we consider all the updates that were introduced with the recent facelift, there is no doubt that the 2022 VW Atlas will be a typical carryover model. It will continue with the same overall design, which is based on an MQB platform, which provides a surprisingly good chassis and suspension setup that offers a great balance between comfort and engaging handling.
The recent update has brought a lot of changes. The most notable are those at the front. You can notice a completely new front end, with new headlights, new grille, bumper etc. All these parts make the new Atlas look far more mature. Also, keep in mind the new version that has been introduced. We are talking about the new two-row version, which features a bit of that coupe-like styling, with a sloping roof and less practical but more attractive overall design.
The inside of this large SUV offers a lot of good things, but there are few drawbacks as well. First of all, the overall quality could be better. Some areas feature cheap plastics and other low-rent materials, while we don’t like the dashboard design, which looks outdated and too conservative, even by VW’s standards.
On the other side, this SUV impresses in terms of interior space. All three rows are more than generous with space and accommodate adults with ease. Even the third row is very usable and offers decent comfort on longer trips. The front seats are massive and offer decent support, while the driving position and ergonomics are very good. Also, you may count on excellent visibility in all directions.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 55.5 cubic feet with these seats folded down, and a vast 96.8 cubic feet with the second-row folded as well. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class, though we have to say that Honda Pilot offers even more.
We don’t expect that the list of standard equipment will change too much for the next year. It should remain pretty similar to the current model, which comes standard with goodies like a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo system. Additionally, you can get a digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Fender sound system, up to five USB ports, automatic climate control etc.
The same story is with safety features. Currently, all models come standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, you can get things like front and rear parking sensors, hands-free parallel park assist, a surround-view parking camera system, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed traffic jam assist.
2022 VW Atlas Engines
The 2022 VW Atlas will continue with two familiar engine options in the offer. The base version will use a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s quite enough for daily commuting, but the optional 3.6-liter V6 offers better driving dynamics. However, neither of these two won’t impress you with performances.
Also, both engines are quite thirsty. The base turbo-four returns around 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That even sounds okay once you realize that the optional V6 is good for just 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Both engines come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2022 VW Atlas Release Date and Price
Since there are no bigger changes to come, we expect that the 2022 VW Atlas will hit the market sometime late in the year. Base models should go around 32.000 dollars.