We test drive the 2018 VW Atlas SEL AWD on and off-road to see how the all-new three-row crossover SUV performs and compares to heavy hitters in its class. Full review inside and out.

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    • New Life Goals LLC. McKnight
      New Life Goals LLC. McKnight

      Great review and I agree with you 100%. I bought it a week ago and my sole gripe is the power

      about 2 months ago
    • Alex simfik
      Alex simfik

      Just picked Atlas last week, and was happy until, all the electrical became disable including power steering wheel, and I almost crashed. Just terrible experience. I don’t know how I’ll drive this car for the next 3 years((((((

      about 2 months ago
    • William Egler
      William Egler

      Bought one when they first came out....
      Long story short is a litany of quality foibles that the dealer was powerless to fix.
      In the first eighteen months it was in the shop for almost eleven weeks.

      about 5 months ago
    • Origen17

      Exhaust tips are the deal-breaker. Shameful

      about 6 months ago
    • Suwen Li
      Suwen Li

      In July 2018, I purchased a VW flagship version of Teramont 530V6 (2.5T) in Shenzhen, China. While I driving to 4000 kilometers, a brake failure was found. At the same time, I found that the engine was seriously leaking oil. The whole vehicle suddenly stopped running two times so far, You have to restart before you can drive. The problem has not been completely solved by looking for manufacturers and distributors many times. This problem brings a lot of troubles to my life, and I lose my confidence in Volkswagen. This case can be used for your reference when you want to buy a SAIC Volkswagen.

      about 6 months ago
    • jbarres80

      No wireless charging 😔

      about 8 months ago
    • Edwin Aragon
      Edwin Aragon

      I appreciate the review. I hate watching other video's that claim to do a "Test Drive", but only drive it around town,m where the roads and nice a smooth. I've test this Atlas around my town and took it down a shady road that isn't really maintained by the city as much, because I wanted to know how it would handle and absorb pot holes and bumps, my final thought's on this type of road condition is true as you stated, it's rough. If you imagine having kids and drinks in the back, they will get tossed around. This is not made for roads that are not well maintained, like most roads in America. Highway, will do just fine, but on hard roads with pot holes, you both hear the tunk and feel it as well.

      about 9 months ago
    • Maxwell Grey
      Maxwell Grey

      Wait, 15mpg?
      Was this straight out of the showroom or a press car?
      I know driving style can change a lot but this is unbelievable, I've watched so many reviews (even with passengers) and frankly, mpg wasn't this bad.

      about 10 months ago
    • PunjabiM8

      I test drove this thing and he’s spot on. Don’t understand these comments. If you care about good handling and supreme comfort but need a larger suv with ground clearance the Atlas is perfect. I know it’s already better than my 4 Runner 🤷‍♂️

      about 10 months ago
    • ayo30s
      ayo30s In reply to PunjabiM8

      Better than a 4Runner or better than ur 4Runner? 👊🏾🇳🇬🇺🇸

      about 5 months ago
    • W. David
      W. David In reply to PunjabiM8

      PunjabiM8 definitely Agree with your opinion, I got one , back seat is really comfortable..

      about 6 months ago
    • Mr M M
      Mr M M

      Nice 👍 I like it. But what about the most important thing. Quality quality quality how reliable this suv Is it worth almost 60 thousand dollars Thanks

      about 11 months ago
    • Doug Dale
      Doug Dale

      Were you racing this or something? Most other people's reviews are averaging like 21 or so combined lol.

      about 11 months ago
    • Carlo Garcia
      Carlo Garcia

      Great review Sam...in this video you look like a cross between Road Warrior Animal and Chuck Liddell.

      about 1 year ago
    • Garik Hakobyan
      Garik Hakobyan

      Instead of getting SEL you can get Infiniti Qx60 . Muche better car all around and same price

      about 1 year ago
    • Jeff Roberts
      Jeff Roberts In reply to Garik Hakobyan

      I shopped both. To equip the Infinity with the same equipment and amenities as the SEL Premium it was about 8k more than the VW. More opulent interior for sure but the required premium fuel and the CVT transmission are knocks for me. And the VW is considerably bigger, to the tune of over 20 cu ft of cargo or 2nd and 3rd row seating. There both good vehicles but they are apples and oranges really.

      about 11 months ago
    • Drawds

      Guy looks like Chuck Lidel. Awesome

      about 1 year ago
    • K03sport

      It's been long enough...do the 2.0t S/SE (🦄) and see if your initial thoughts match up

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDrivenTV
      TestDrivenTV In reply to K03sport

      The odds of VW ever putting an Atlas 2.0T in the press fleet are as likely as a new Bugatti showing up in our email inbox.

      about 1 year ago
    • Kuruvilla Luke
      Kuruvilla Luke

      The sound system is good but thats about it ....rest is cheap plastic and lining.mileage sucks.the routan and taureg customers are happy.Awesome vw vehicle.

      about 1 year ago
    • Kuruvilla Luke
      Kuruvilla Luke

      The in side plastic looks cheap

      about 1 year ago
    • Royalty T
      Royalty T

      The more I look at this thing, the more I like it. Best in class infotainment system in my opinion, I've used the other ones and their graphics either look outdated or jumbled up.

      about 1 year ago
    • Amtrak 2523
      Amtrak 2523

      $50,000 for a vehicle that has fake exhaust tips?

      about 1 year ago
    • Tallus08
      Tallus08 In reply to Amtrak 2523

      Amtrak 2523 Fake exhaust tips are all the rage these days, unfortunately.

      about 10 months ago
    • rpaul247

      I've seen this in person. I've never seen any other suv whose seats fold as flat like this one according to my knowledge. Incredible.

      about 1 year ago
    • dan j
      dan j

      Being able to actually use the third row and tilt the second with child seats left is a selling point from a family perspective. In a vehicle that I like the looks of and actually has a historically reliable engine and transmission from vw. It’s a front runner for the next family vehicle.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mike Mo
      Mike Mo In reply to dan j

      Following up on this even though your comment is 11 months old; we bought this vehicle due to the fact that we could easily have 3 car seats in the back. One forward facing in the third row, one forward facing behind the drivers seat, and a rear facing in the middle of the second row. Our son who sits in the back can get in and out easily from the rear passenger side door with the seat sliding forward. My grandmother who lives with us has plenty of room in the second row next to the middle car seat and my wife and I (6'3") fit comfortably in the front. VW hit it out of the park on the interior layout of this vehicle. I will agree with others that the V6 leaves a lot to be desired but it's no slouch and can hold it's own when it needs to. We were afraid to leave our minivan for a SUV but the reality of the Atlas is that it fits our family better than our Routan ever did.

      about 6 months ago
    • Alexander E
      Alexander E

      This probably will not sell well for vw simply due to the unimpressive mpg

      about 1 year ago
    • Patrick Heidenthal
      Patrick Heidenthal

      Good video. I like the Atlas a lot. Currently drive a 2017 Passat . And wife has a Jetta. They have a unique Vw feel. What’s with the new look?

      about 1 year ago
    • Mitchell Walker
      Mitchell Walker

      Very impressed by the Atlas. Nothing against VW, but this is the first time I’ve considered them as an option. After going to the auto show yesterday, and not even knowing about the vehicle I was quite pleased after stumbling upon it; especially after looking at most of the other three row SUVs first. I took a tape measure with me and measured the room with all seats up and third row down and the Atlas had more length than the Expedition. Nice job VW, definitely going to try and purchase one soon.

      about 1 year ago
    • jpmackin

      Thank you for another great video, Sam. What did you think of the start/Stop system?

      about 1 year ago
    • Ira Gershwin
      Ira Gershwin

      What are the height and width dimensions of the rear opening? Not the inside cubic cargo volume, but the length and width of the actual opening?

      about 1 year ago
    • 00 00
      00 00

      I'd rather have a microbus....

      about 1 year ago
    • Jose Acevedo
      Jose Acevedo

      No way this thing only averages 15 mpg no way

      about 1 year ago
    • ggolds5

      Ive asked some others but want to clarify. The dealer says the NAV is on the SEL. However the literature says you only get NAV with the SEL Premium. This would be outrageous as you would have to pay 15K more just to get Nav IE getting the premium just for NAV. Rarely would you have to go to the top to get nav these days. IE the Mazda CX9. or Durango, or any other SUV's. Am I overreacting or correct about this on the Atlas. Thank you!!

      about 1 year ago
    • Jeff Roberts
      Jeff Roberts In reply to ggolds5

      ggolds5 That appears to be the case that to get the factory Nav you need to get the Premium. However if you have a smart phone you don’t need it, as Apple Car Play and Android Auto both allow you to use Google Maps, Waze, or Apple Maps on the touch screen. It’s been my experience that Each of these are better and are always updated compared to any factory Garmin or Tom Tom Nav.

      about 11 months ago


      about 1 year ago