First Look: Meet The All-New 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen has a brand new model in the world of full-size SUVs with the 2018 Atlas — an exciting addition to the VW lineup. The sophisticated yet affordable Atlas is sure to become stiff competition in the class, with its elegant styling, and excellent performance. The Atlas offers buyers a generously appointed base model along with plenty of desirable options and upgrades. Here are some of the great features of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.
The Atlas has two engine options: the 3.6-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower or the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 238 horsepower; both come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Both offer ample power for quick, confident acceleration to freeway speeds, while still maintaining impressive fuel efficiency specs for a full-sized SUV.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has three rows of seating with room for seven people. Adults can fit comfortably in the third row, which is a standout feature in the class, since the third row is often only marginally usable.
The Atlas has a quiet cabin, free of road and wind noise, with a smooth, solid-feeling ride and a spacious, comfortable feel to the interior. The SE model has cozy heated seats and push-button start, while the SEL Premium adds cooled front seats as well as heating for the second seating row. The SE and SEL have faux leather seating while the SEL Premium upgrades the interior to luscious genuine leather seating.
The Atlas has a large 6.5-inch infotainment screen in the base model with an 8-inch screen available in the SE and SEL. The Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect links with your smart phone to give you audio streaming as well as access to mapping and other apps from the dashboard. A convenient rear backup camera is standard on the Atlas.
The Atlas has selectable driving modes that allow you to easily change the way the vehicle drives – you can select Eco, Normal, Sport, or Custom modes to suit your driving needs.
There is plenty of cargo space in the Atlas, with folding split rear seats, giving the vehicle a total of 96.8 cubic feet of space for when you want to move large items.
The SEL features include a panoramic glass sunroof, lane-keeping assistance, parking assistance, and adaptive cruise control.
Safety features on Volkswagens are always at the head of the pack, and the Atlas is no exception with forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear traffic alert systems available.
The Atlas has other desirable safety features including driver air bag, passenger air bag with on/off switch, rear head and body air bags, side air bags, stability control, Auto-On headlights, traction control, child safety locks, and rollover protection system.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a smart addition to the brand’s lineup, giving families a very attractive new full-size SUV model that’s perfect for family outings, school and sports carpooling, shopping trips, and fun weekend excursions. The Atlas is manufactured in Chattanooga, TN and has a starting MSRP of $31,425.