A three-row SUV that's ready to impress.

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It doesn't make much sense to buy a people hauler if you don't have enough room for everyone's stuff. It's simple: People need their things, whether you're driving family around town or are off on a great adventure. If you're looking for three rows, the Volkswagen Atlas is an ideal choice. Debuted for the 2018 model year, the Atlas SUV is great for running errands, planning a trip to the home improvement store, tackling the daily commute, or even heading over to the next state.

Learn more about this large SUV in our Volkswagen Atlas review.

Key Specs and Features

  • The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder or 3.6L V6 engine.
  • All Atlas SUVs are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • Front wheel-drive is standard on the 2018 Atlas.
  • Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive is available on V6 models.
  • All VW Atlas models come standard with Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ projection technology.
  • Upper trims of the 2018 model gets Volkswagen's Car-Net App-Connect technology and Fender premium audio.
  • The top SEL Premium trim features the automaker's Digital Cockpit with 12.3-inch infotainment display.
  • With middle and rear seats folded flat, the 2018 VW Atlas boasts 96.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

Reasons to Buy

1. Room to Relax

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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is among the most spacious seven-passenger SUVs. Go ahead and climb into the third row; you'll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of room available, and pleased that the middle row slides forward to provide better access. This is a truly functional seven-passenger SUV.

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2. Space for All Your Stuff

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The 2018-2019 models offer maximum cargo volume at 96.8 cubic feet (with middle and rear seats folded flat), which gives plenty of space for all your toys. There's also the convenience of a 50/50-split third row, and a 60/40-split middle-row. This SUV was designed to haul people and all their things.

3. Smooth Power Performer

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Composed and capable, the 2018 VW Atlas is one of the best three-row SUV performers on the road. For example, the tight turning radius and responsive steering will make you think you're driving a smaller SUV. The fully independent suspension feels comfortable, and the V6 engine with eight-speed automatic transmission applies the throttle across a smooth and powerful band.

4. Tech Marvel

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With Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto™ available as standard on all models, it's clear that the 2018 VW Atlas puts a priority on technology. Upgrades available on the SE with the Technology Package, and SEL trim include the Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect technology and Fender premium audio. Best of all, the SEL Premium trim features the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit -- a custom display and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen.

5. Enjoy the Big Sky in Comfort

Any SUV with a panoramic sunroof is worth a serious test drive. That includes the 2018 Atlas, thanks to a power tilting and sliding sunroof that practically stretches across all three rows. What could be better on a scenic road trip -- especially with a very comfortable 10-way power driver seat and eight-way power passenger seat? (Available on VW Atlas SEL trims.)

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What You Need to Know

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Trims

S: The base model comes standard with cloth seats, a rearview camera, 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto projection technology. A six-speaker audio system is also standard, as are LED headlights.

S Launch: This limited-edition trim is powered by the 3.6L V6 engine. Features include a panoramic sunroof, VW Car-Net, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Also available is a Launch Edition with 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

SE: Adds an 8-inch infotainment screen, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, and leatherette material.

SE with Technology: The technology package brings automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and more.

SEL: Upgrades the Atlas to include a panoramic moonroof, power tailgate, front and rear park-distance control, power passenger seat, and driver's seat memory.

SEL Premium: The premium model is all about the V6 with 4Motion all-wheel drive, leather interior, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats. Also standard on the top trim is a Fender audio system, surround-view camera, and 20-inch wheels.

Volkswagen Atlas Available Colors

The 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes in eight color options:

  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Fortana Red Metallic
  • Kurkuma Yellow Metallic
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Titanium Beige Metallic
  • Tourmaline Blue Metallic

Years in Review

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - All-new in 2018, the Volkswagen Atlas is powered by a 2.0L, inline four-cylinder engine or a more powerful 3.6L V6 engine. All models get an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the standard layout is front-drive, Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive technology is offered as an optional feature on V6 models. Exterior features include standard LED headlights. Inside, the Atlas is roomy and comfortable, with impressive standard features on all models, including a rearview camera, 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto projection technology.

The Bottom Line:

If you're looking for a spacious seven-passenger SUV that offers ample cargo room with a smooth and quiet ride, check out the Volkswagen Atlas. You'll appreciate the space for you, your passengers and all your things, as well as the long list of tech features.

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