If you’re in the market for a new family SUV but you can’t decide which one or you don't feel ready to commit to a pickup, then I think this may be the car for you.
The Volkswagen Atlas has a starting price in the US of $31,425 which in the grand scheme of things is a very good deal considering what you get for that price. This is the largest vehicle that Volkswagen make and is actually manufactured in Tennessee.
It comes with either a 2.0L turbo inline-four (235 bhp) or the meatier 3.6L V6 (276 bhp). Both are great engines and both mated to the 8 speed automatic gearbox which is exceptional as all other VW gearboxes are. It of course has 5 doors and plenty of space in the cabin. It has a very expensive feel in the cabin much like an Audi Q7 but with Volkswagen’s magic touch, although it is still very basic. The addition of Volkswagen’s digital cockpit is a great feature. It obviously comes as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. My personal favourite interior is the black and tan leather with a wooden dash, now that’s some serious spec.
As you may or may not know, the Atlas is also sold in China, the Middle East, Russia and Mexico (watch out Hammond) but it is known as the Teramont in these regions. So, if you’re wondering whether they are different cars, they are in fact the same, apart from the name badge of course…
The Atlas was first introduced at the LA Auto Show back in 2016 which is suitable considering the US is their main target market. They later went up for sale mid 2017 in America and Canada.
The Atlas/Teramont has an impressive 96.8 cubic feet of rear cargo space which is more than enough for your weekend camping trips with the kids and dog. In addition to this, the Atlas has a whopping 17 cup holders in total, that is what every single car on the market needs. That is life changing stuff. The Atlas can comfortably seat seven people and these can even be child safety seats, there’s that much space.
If you wanted to go off-roading you probably could, the Atlas has seven different stability enhancing systems alongside Volkswagen’s 4Motion 4WD system. If you think the Atlas isn’t safe enough for this, then you’re wrong. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas received the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” rating after getting ‘Good’ ratings in all its crash tests, not to mention it’s ‘Superior’ rating for the front crash test.
A few downsides to the Atlas is the fuel economy isn’t the best, and I guess you wouldn’t expect it to be for such a large car. The mpg ratings are 24mpg for the inline-four and 27mpg for the V6, not terrible, but not as good as other competitors out there.
In Europe we have access to the Skoda Kodiaq which I guess is our equivalent which again is a wicked car which is a big rival to the Atlas. I would love to see them go up head to head.
I know if was in the market for a new SUV in America I would seriously consider the Atlas as it ticks so many boxes and for just over $30k is a bargain.