After a long reign, the VW Touareg is getting mothballed after this year. And instead, a much larger next generation SUV is entering the company's fold - the Atlas! We spend a week in it to find out if it's truly the ultimate family ride. (As a side note, I forgot to mention our decibel reader test. At 100 kms/hr, the Atlas delivered a solid 61 dB)

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    • arnan540
      arnan540

      Just looks cheap to me. I don't know what it is

      about 1 month ago
    • WhiteWi
      WhiteWi

      Lol who touches their cars inside? All I touch is steering wheel and handrest plus screen. I could give a less Fck about real wood that is less than 1 mm thick.

      about 2 months ago
    • Fantasy101
      Fantasy101

      Proper comparison would have been the Traverse. Not a CX-9 but good review thanks

      about 7 months ago
    • Brian Williams
      Brian Williams

      Excellent review but I am looking for the captain seats. I am actually tilting to the Traverse because of this feature. We are coming from a 2015 Sienna. The center isle is very important to me.

      about 8 months ago
    • VW World
      VW World

      LOVE IT!! ONE AWESOME RIG! When In Doubt.. Get an ATLAS!

      about 9 months ago
    • electropentatonic
      electropentatonic

      Nice review. I love the usable 3rd row but that interior is awful

      about 10 months ago
    • Carlos Hernandez
      Carlos Hernandez

      Doesn’t cut it

      about 1 year ago
    • Ash A
      Ash A

      Some odd comments from the reviewer. Small temperature gauge?? Really? As far as engine goes, actually the 2.0T is excellent for this vehicle. It has much more torque available at lower rpm, and much better fuel economy. Unfortunately the lack of AWD is the disadvantage.

      about 1 year ago
    • Hassan abraham
      Hassan abraham

      Looks sheet, Name is ugly too Volkswagen means nationwagon. sounds from second World war or something.

      about 1 year ago
    • Stephen Ferris
      Stephen Ferris

      How reliable is the Atlas? How does it compare to the Highlander?

      about 1 year ago
    • Stephen Ferris
      Stephen Ferris In reply to Stephen Ferris

      Family Wheels Figures. I went to a Volkswagen dealership and it had almost noone there

      about 1 year ago
    • Family Wheels
      Family Wheels In reply to Stephen Ferris

      Highlander would win all day in terms of reliability over this car. It's widely considered one of the most reliable cars on the road.

      about 1 year ago
    • Noel Silva
      Noel Silva

      So to a point it ok to get the captain chairs because grocery bags won't be flying because u don't have to put down the third row like a minivan.

      about 1 year ago
    • dan j
      dan j

      Plastic is plastic. It’s all pretty cheap regardless and they use it in luxury car just as much. It may feel different but you really are just paying less for the same quality.

      about 1 year ago
    • Family Wheels
      Family Wheels In reply to dan j

      I think there are some pretty significant differences with plastics, Dan. Perhaps most importantly, we've found the harder plastics to scratch much more easily.

      about 1 year ago
    • Sailing queen
      Sailing queen

      Can you compare this to the Q7 in the categories of passenger space and cargo space? As well as the “autopilot”/accident avoidance features? Thanks

      about 1 year ago
    • Mitchell Pritsker
      Mitchell Pritsker

      I don’t think anybody’s gonna buy the VW Touareg.

      about 1 year ago
    • James Noah
      James Noah

      Paul, this new VW Atlas models are all overpriced with top trim up to $56000 CAD in Calgary dealers. I would rather choose CX-9 top trim with $6K less with better reliability.

      about 1 year ago
    • Family Wheels
      Family Wheels In reply to James Noah

      I think I'd choose the CX-9 over the Atlas, too. But you do get more space in the VW.

      about 1 year ago
    • Royalty T
      Royalty T

      I'm curious on the next design of this car. The 2L 4 cyl engine is not actually that bad.

      about 1 year ago
    • Scott Bott
      Scott Bott

      this is like that guy you went to school with that says he's german. His grandparents are from Germany BUT.... both his parents where born in America, AND he was born in America. Not really german.

      about 1 year ago
    • Family Wheels
      Family Wheels In reply to Scott Bott

      Ha! This is one of the more obscure comments I've seen left, Scott! No German background at all... just a European sensibility, I guess.

      about 1 year ago
    • Aleks Lajzer
      Aleks Lajzer

      Vw does some odd things with power ratings. I wouldn't be surprised if the 2.0T wasn't any slower than the v6. The issue is no 4motion with that engine. VW should is obviously trying not to have atlas better the q7 as in that car the 2.0t makes 252hp and 273lb.ft. They should drop the vr6 as its not competitive and use the 2.0t with higher tune. It's one of the best 4 cyl turbo engines in the world.

      about 1 year ago
    • Family Wheels
      Family Wheels In reply to Aleks Lajzer

      This is an interesting point of view. Thanks for bringing it up!

      about 1 year ago
    • Dale
      Dale

      2018 Chevrolet Traverse please :)

      about 1 year ago
    • Robin. Sam
      Robin. Sam

      It's looks so modern & solidly built.

      about 1 year ago
    • VW World
      VW World In reply to Robin. Sam

      AGREED!!

      about 9 months ago
    • blud work
      blud work

      We priced it all out, in the end we couldn't spend 50k plus on another mediocre family hauler. So we got a sline 2013 audi for less and it's just amazing at everything. front and rear parking cams, full leather, v6 333hp with towing, sunroof, winter package all the tech. Honda/VW/Nissan need to up their game if they are pricing their top of the line weak engines at 55,000$$.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mike M
      Mike M In reply to blud work

      Does your Audi have apple car play?

      about 7 months ago
    • blud work
      blud work In reply to blud work

      yes because it has better stuff in it than the "new car". I don't know why anyone would pay 50k for an atlas that doesn't even match features in 4 year old vehicle.

      about 1 year ago
    • D Jay T
      D Jay T In reply to blud work

      you bought a 4 year old vehicle, and are comparing it to the price of a new car?

      about 1 year ago
    • ThePanamanianMike
      ThePanamanianMike

      Wish this included dual cooling, and a means to close the vent

      about 2 years ago
    • Nathan Johnson
      Nathan Johnson

      Thanks for this review. You pull no punches. If you're in the market for a mid-size SUV, this is one to be considered. Most will probably get the Mazda CX-9 or Explorer. The Ford has the best engine, but its interior is weird and terrible. The Mazda drives like a dream, the interior is good but has some weirdness. I am curious about towing performance of the Atlas. The interior space looks amazing #clowncar. I can't wait to drive the Atlas and see for myself!

      about 2 years ago
    • jh5kl
      jh5kl

      reviewers never take in consideration the power to weight ratio, this suv may seem underpowered but they forget it has a very advanced platform that its incredibly light for the size, it has a great power to weight ratio

      about 2 years ago
    • Mark Kochenderfer
      Mark Kochenderfer

      Thanks. That was one of the most even reviews of this car I have seen. I have never seen a car be so polarizing in its reviews. Reviewers seem to love it or hate it.

      about 2 years ago
    • ThePanamanianMike
      ThePanamanianMike

      Great review. I don't really care to much for the interior or the gas mileage. But I have a family and the size of this vehicle seems better than the competitors. The ability to not have to take out the car seat is a huge selling point for me

      about 2 years ago
    • arnan540
      arnan540 In reply to ThePanamanianMike

      So get a minivan...

      about 1 month ago
    • Trades46
      Trades46

      A big and comfortable car, if rather average in every other category. I guess for the family man who has another smaller car for commuting, the Atlas will likely be a big seller in SUV happy Canada. A pity the 3.0 V6 TDI will never be made; it would have made for a killer combination of fuel efficiency, torque & usability.

      about 2 years ago
    • D Jay T
      D Jay T In reply to Trades46

      agreed the TDI would have been amazing, it might make a come back, tbh honest it wasn't even the consumers who were upset about the emissions, it was about the Gov lining their pockets. VW has a 3.0 turbo gas engine, but I imagine we wont ever see that becuase they dont want to take sales from audi or porsche

      about 1 year ago
    • jh5kl
      jh5kl In reply to Trades46

      for the huge size it has, it is a light car :)

      about 2 years ago
    • Trades46
      Trades46 In reply to Trades46

      Indeed IIHS scores released today earned it the Top Safety Pick+. Definitely a sensible family car for the family man. I won't call it light however; the thing is bigger than a Pilot or Highlander, and almost on par with the Durango which is pretty much a bus.

      about 2 years ago
    • jh5kl
      jh5kl In reply to Trades46

      i think that might be a bit unfair to say since the tech, safety results and the very stif and light platform are quite outstanding

      about 2 years ago
    • ManateeMentality
      ManateeMentality

      It seems like Volkswagen is the only automaker that doesn't know how to do dual-tone upholstery right. It always looks weird in their cars.

      about 2 years ago
    • Mike M
      Mike M In reply to ManateeMentality

      That orange color is rad though.

      about 1 year ago
    • D Jay T
      D Jay T In reply to ManateeMentality

      Really? VW has been doing two tone forever, I feel like they actually get it right.

      about 1 year ago
    • Family Wheels
      Family Wheels In reply to ManateeMentality

      The quality of leather felt rather sub-standard, too

      about 2 years ago
    • FIBBI89
      FIBBI89

      Hi Paul
      Great review. I was wondering if you could help me out, my wife and I are expecting our first child and are looking into minivans. Sadly, very few minivans have been imported in the last few years to Iceland so I am looking outside of the country for cars which in turn gives me a lot more options.
      I was wondering if you could recommend a few brands for me? I am looking for a minivan with good space as we live in the countryside which means very big shopping trips, plus space for kid stuff. Most of these cars do not have AWD so that can be forfeited, but we have ice and snow for many months over the year and I need a very safe car, and if you have any information about cars that are not heavy on repairs, currently the next auto-repair place is 30 km away, the next one after that a 100 km.
      Keep putting up those videos :)

      about 2 years ago
    • Family Wheels
      Family Wheels In reply to FIBBI89

      Thanks for writing... importing is tough because you may not have parts readily available or mechanics who are used to working on them. So for that reason, I would suggest something that is known to be reliable like the Honda Odyssey. If you want AWD, your only choice is the Sienna - which is also reliable. I would stay away from the Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Grand Caravan because they may require more work down the road. Hope that helps!

      about 2 years ago
    • Paul Radziievskyi
      Paul Radziievskyi

      Routan? In Europe, it's actually Touran (well it's not totally the same, of course - there was that Chrysler thing going on with Routan).
      Also, i've seen some unveiling teasing of the 2018 Touareg. I wonder if that means that Touareg is hugely popular where I live, while it's not the case in NA. I personally don't "get" Touareg for its price, while this Atlas seems amazing for basically being a minivan with all the cons of a standard SUV. It even seems that they have those "captain" seats as an option just to make that minivan fact obvious :)

      about 2 years ago