2019 Volkswagen Atlas

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Volkswagen Atlas highlights

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  • Lots of space across all three rows
  • Balances comfort with smooth handling
  • Intuitive cabin with easy-to-use controls


  • Lackluster acceleration, even from the optional V6
  • Not as fuel-sipping as its competitors

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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A three-row SUV with a fun design!

Whether setting out for a weekend drive or finding enjoyment in your daily routine, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas allows you to embrace family-focused moments with everyday usability and abundant utility. This three-row SUV offers a spacious and well-designed cabin with room for seven passengers, allowing you to bring extra friends along for the ride. You can also have your pick from seven feature-rich trim levels to suit your need for comfort and convenience, along with two engine options to get the most out of your drive.

All Volkswagen Atlas years

What is new for the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

  • The Atlas is available in a variety of new trims, including the SE R-Line and SEL R-Line.
  • The 2.0T S, 2.0T SE, 2.0T SEL, and Launch Edition trims have been discontinued for 2019.
  • The S trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor and Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Heated Steering Wheel and Navigation System as standard equipment.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas trims

Curious how Volkswagen Atlas trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities


  • The S comes standard with 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone climate control with air vents in all three rows, cloth upholstery, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, and more.

  • View all Volkswagen Atlas Ss in stock


SE with Technology

  • The SE with Technology includes a remote opening and closing power liftgate with closing assist, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, remote start system, blind-spot monitor, rearview camera, and more.

  • View all Volkswagen Atlas SEs in stock

SE with Technology R-Line

  • The SE with Technology R-Line features R-Line bumpers and badging, 20-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect, and more.

  • View all Volkswagen Atlas SE R-Lines in stock


  • The SEL adds LED taillights, side mirrors with memory feature, a 115-volt power outlet, eight-way power passenger seat, parking distance control system, and more.

  • View all Volkswagen Atlas SELs in stock

SEL R-Line

  • The SEL R-Line includes R-Line bumpers and badging, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, keyless access with push-button start, leatherette upholstery, eight-inch touchscreen display, and more.

  • View all Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Lines in stock

SEL Premium

  • The SEL Premium adds 20-inch triple five-spoke alloy wheels, heated second-row outboard seats, leather upholstery (first and second rows), an overhead camera, parking steering assist, and more.

  • View all Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premiums in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

1. Eye-catching exterior

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review: Third Row | CarMax

The Atlas features a modern, muscular design with sharp, clean lines adding up to a striking appearance. All 2019 trims come standard with full LED front lighting, while LED taillights leave a lasting impression on SEL and SEL Premium models. A large panoramic sunroof with a two-part glass opening system and power sunshade is also available on 2019 SE with Technology models and standard on the SEL and SEL Premium. Want to stand out even more? 2019 R-Line models grab attention with special R-Line badging, stylish side skirting, and sporty air intakes in the front and rear bumpers.

2. Two powertrain options

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2019 VW Atlas features two energetic powertrains: a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder with 235 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque and a 3.6L V6 with 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. The four-cylinder comes standard on the base level trim and returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway on 2019 models with FWD—great if you're looking to buy a fuel-friendly family vehicle.

If power is what you are after, you can opt for the V6 as optional equipment on the S trim or as standard on SE and higher trims (2019 models). This powerplant delivers an estimated towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped, which can pull your boat or trailer quite easily.
V6 fuel economy with FWD is an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, while AWD is an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway (2019 models).

3. Adaptable capability

Need a vehicle to help you tackle harsh conditions on the fly? The 2019 Atlas is there for you no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. All 2019 trims offer Volkswagen's 4MOTION® All-Wheel-Drive system, which automatically redirects power to the wheels that need it most, allowing you to adjust to the conditions in real-time. All 2019 models also boast a special drive feature called Active Control with specific settings to suit whatever conditions your find yourself in, including Snow, Onroad, Offroad, and Custom Offroad, as well as Normal, Sport, Comfort, and Individual. Whether cruising down a gravel-covered path or tough terrain, the 2019 Atlas is design to inspire confidence with its ability to adapt.

4. Family-friendly interior

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review: Backseats | CarMax

With space for seven passengers, the 2019 Atlas is a skilled people-mover for families both big and small. The third row is easy to access since the second-row features a 7.7-inch sliding range. Bringing the friends buddies with you? Adults will find no shortage of stretch-out space in this 2019 SUV with 37.6 inches of legroom in the second row and 33.7 inches in the third row.

5. Premium technology

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

With the 2019 Atlas, you don't need to climb trim levels to get the tech features that you value most. Starting from the base level, you'll find Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect standard on all 2019 Atlas trims, which lets you access your favorite smartphone apps with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto capabilities. SE and higher trims add Car-Net Security & Service, which provides remote access to the 2019 Atlas via a smartphone app, while SEL and SEL Premium models include a navigation system called Car-Net Guide & Inform. Anchoring the dash of this 2019 VW is a 6.5-inch touchscreen display on S trims, but SE and higher models receive a larger eight-inch touchscreen display. A rearview camera comes standard on all 2019 models as well.

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Searching for an agile SUV to handle your commute and tote your family around on weekends? The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a smart choice. This compact platform runs on a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that delivers 184 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque with standard FWD, but 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive is optional on 2019 models. With FWD, the four-cylinder returns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway (2019 models), helping you go longer between fills.

Inside the cabin, the 2019 Tiguan is great for families with its versatile seating configurations that include standard three rows on FWD models or standard two-row seating on AWD models (an optional third row is available).

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.6 out of 5

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Volkswagen Atlas features and specs

SE w/Tech 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Quad Seats
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.5"/M 37.6"/R 33.7"

Head room

F 41.3"/M 40.4"/R 38.3"

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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Deep Black Pearl

  • Fortana Red Metallic

  • Pacific Blue Metallic

  • Platinum Gray Metallic

  • Pure White

  • Reflex Silver Metallic

  • Terra Brown Metallic

  • Tourmaline Blue Metallic

Interior details

The 2019 VW Atlas interior comes standard with three rows of seating for seven passengers. Cargo capacity behind the third row is 20.6 cubic feet of volume. By folding the second and third rows, the 2019 Atlas offers 96.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space to transport large items.

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