The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas: What the critics say
Car and Driver
Volkswagen’s new three-row SUV is not just the brand’s biggest vehicle ever; it’s “capable of shouldering a big chunk of VW’s future in America.” The Atlas will have to because the automaker’s U.S. sales haven’t fully rebounded from the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, and Americans love roomy SUVs. With seating for seven plus 21 cubic feet of cargo space, the segment’s newcomer sizes up well with the Ford Explorer. “Fortunately, the Atlas doesn’t feel as big as it is”: It handles like it’s smaller.
New York Daily News
Though power from the V-6 engine is merely average for the segment, the Tennesseebuilt Atlas is “tight and composed” out on the road. It combines responsive steering, a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, and a relatively cushy ride. The cabin is “nothing but space”—a rather spare environment, but one in which the sliding second-row seats offer easy access to the rear and both passenger rows fold flat for major hauling.
“The Atlas’ only major miss is that it has no single standout feature”—except perhaps its six-year, 72,000-mile warranty. It’s a VW, but it looks like other three-row SUVs. It’ll only be a true bargain with the four-cylinder base engine, due in September. And its fuel-efficiency ratings are unremarkable. In a crowded field, the biggest VW ever “will have a hard time getting noticed.” ■