The 2018 VW Atlas has a room for up to seven. On the inside, it has space for two adults to sit in the third row with the luggage stored behind them. Volkswagen has thought bigger than they have ever thought before. It has finally come up with a family-friendly option that its buyers and dealers have long wanted. It’s worth the wait and it’s already packed with some biggest ideas. Today, car for a family needs to be affordable and relatively big. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas nails those points.
2018 VW Atlas – Unique Feature
The midsize SUV uses a simple elegant styling. Metal and wood-like accents, soft-touch materials up the top and the harder plastics below are its attractive flourishes. The interior is roomy with 20.6 cubic feet of space to keep a week’s worth of luggage. Fold back the third row to load more things. The third row is particularly impressive with generous legroom. The sliding second row gives plenty of space option for seating. The second row allows easy access to the third row with a simple lever function.
The view from the outside is quite impressive. A-Pillars are thin minimizing blind spots. The infotainment system MIB II is widely seen throughout VW and is improved. The eight-inch touchscreen is responsive with defined buttons and a fewer button that presses. The dark plastic cladding surrounds the wheels arches. The lower front and the rear bumpers are also cover with dark plastic.
The 2018 VW Atlas comes with a truly usable third row. It comfortably fit adults and even tall one. The well-places grab handle makes it easy for someone to get into the third row. The flexible second row is easy to configure.
2018 VW Atlas – Whole Power Unit
It is never surprising to know what’s under the hood if you’re familiar with the Volkswagen lineup. The base model has a familiar 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with 238-hp. It is similar to most of the other VW products. However, this engine is suitable for front wheel drive and not a big seller where snowfall is a regular thing.
280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with the front-wheel and four-wheel drive is an option. All the engines matched with an 8-Speed automatic transmission regardless of the drive wheels. The fuel economy of 2018 VW Atlas may not be a selling point with the V-6 four-wheel driver rated at 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined. The front-wheel drive comes in 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined.
It comes with optional 20-inch alloy wheels and the ride quality is smooth. Fortunately, the Atlas is not as big as it feels. The steering is powerful with good chassis behavior.
The all-wheel 2018 VW Atlas has self-explanatory mode such as snow, custom off road, off road and on the road. There are sub-modes such as Eco, normal, sport and individual. One can notice the difference in the steering, especially with the sports mode. The brake feel is good with the immediate pedal response and it is too strong. The 18-inch wheels do not diminish the ride quality. The front seats are best for long travel and designed for comfort with lumbar, ample thigh and shoulder support. The access to the third row is never a problem because the second row comes with a split folding. It can easily slide without interrupting the child seat.
There’s a neat feature that works even when the ignition is OFF. ‘REST’ keeps the interior warm or cold up to 30 minutes. The safety features include lane assist, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, park assist, keyless entry, push-button start and more. It also comes with a digital cockpit setup.
2018 VW Atlas – Price and Release Date
Five trim levels are available for the 2018 VW Atlas. The basic S is fitted with front drive and has a 2.0-liter engine. The base S comes with 2.0-liter engine and front drive and is available at $31,425. The SEL is available at $40,085 or $41,815 for the V6. The Atlas will be available starting this June.
Considering the challenges faced by Volkswagen from its dealers and regulatory bodies, an excellent product is vital to highlight the brand in a positive light that will provide is survival. It is the fresh face for the midsize SUV buyers. It is smart for VW to offer a 3-row option to keep them in the Volkswagen family.