An In-Depth Look Into the new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

September 25th, 2017 by

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a stylish midsize SUV. The Atlas is the largest vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup, and it is the company’s first ever three-row SUV. Read on for more information on the details of this exciting new Volkswagen model.

Trim Levels

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes in the following five available trim levels: S, SE, SE with technology, SEL, and SEL Premium. There are two engine choices available for the first four trim levels — you can choose from a base four-cylinder engine or an optional V6. The SEL Premium trim comes with the V6 engine as standard. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, while all-wheel drive is available as an optional extra if you choose the V6 engine.

The base S trim comes with cloth seats, LED headlamps, and a fender grille. The bold design with creased lines gives it a lean, muscular profile. The SE version adds leather upholstery to the interior for more elegance and comfort. In addition, there are automatic headlamps, rear sunshades, and optional captain’s chair seats for the second row.

Visually, the only difference in the SE with technology is a power liftgate. The SEL trim adds a panoramic sunroof that runs the length of the vehicle, delivering stunning sky views to all passengers, especially at night time. The SEL Premium comes with LED taillights at the main appearance upgrade on the previous trim.


The base four-cylinder engine outputs power ratings of 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine improves these power ratings to 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet torque. Both engines come paired with one transmission type, which is an eight-speed automatic.

In terms of fuel economy, the V6 engine gets an 18 miles per gallon rating on city roads, 25 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined total of 20 miles per gallon. These fuel economy figures are for the front-wheel drive transmission. Results from the all-wheel-drive version or with other powertrain configurations may vary. Fitted with the V6 engine, the Volkswagen Atlas accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in a respectable 7.4 seconds. The maximum towing capacity is 5000 pounds, which should be plenty for most users.


Even on the base trim level, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas delivers decent entertainment options. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas S comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen as standard, and it is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system pairs with a six-speaker stereo audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity.

An upgrade to higher trim levels gets you a larger 8-inch touchscreen, an additional three USB ports in the center console, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Atlas SEL Premium adds a Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, which is a reconfigurable gauge cluster. From the SEL trim upwards, your Volkswagen Atlas comes with VW Car-Net Security, which is an app that gives you remote functionality like parking reminders and vehicle diagnostics.

Overall, the 2018 Atlas is a full-featured, stylish SUV ideal for both small and large families.