For years Volkswagen neglected the SUV segment, with just the undersized Tiguan and overpriced Touareg in their showrooms, but they’re finally bringing a three-row, seven-seat midsize crossover to market.

Is it too little, too late? If they hope to have any success in the segment, the Atlas has to win over customers that have been buying Explorers, Highlanders and Santa Fes for generations, and one of the best of the current crop is the Honda Pilot.

Volkswagen has taken a page out of the Pilot playbook, with a larger footprint placing an emphasis on interior space and cargo capacity, but does it have all the right moves to match up to one of the family favorites in this segment?

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Comments

    • Bill Cargil
      Bill Cargil

      Dodge Durango quite fast & sporty

      about 24 days ago
    • DoYouJ?
      DoYouJ?

      How is the Pilot slow? It’s one of the quickest in the class and certainly a lot quicker than the Atlas.

      about 25 days ago
    • Wei Zhou
      Wei Zhou

      Definitely Volkswagen!

      about 1 month ago
    • Ted Baxter
      Ted Baxter

      But it is German and a VW - never a winning combination.
      Unreliable and expensive to maintain and repair.

      about 1 month ago
    • Shiv Patel
      Shiv Patel

      Picked up sel premium at 44700 and msrp was 52700

      about 1 month ago
    • Suwen Li
      Suwen Li

      We always have affirmation of German Volkswagen technologic rigor , in July 2018 my father was very happy to buy a flagship version of the new Volkswagen (Teramont) 530V6 (2.5T) in Shenzhen, But driving to 4000 kilometers we found oil leakage problem of engine, my father ask the seller to a new car replacement but this request was unreasonably refused by the seller that made my father very depressed. I would like to ask how Volkswagen Germany can get a reasonable solution to Volkswagen China?

      about 1 month ago
    • Suwen Li
      Suwen Li

      http://static.scms.sztv.com.cn/ysz/dsdb/dspd/dfllt/28133695.shtml?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

      about 1 month ago
    • Prasanna K
      Prasanna K

      VW=CHEAT

      about 1 month ago
    • kelly j
      kelly j

      Vw reliability is horrid. Especially the atlas. Honda will win this everytime

      about 1 month ago
    • RoyalGaming YT
      RoyalGaming YT

      I have was and its comfortable this man is high

      about 1 month ago
    • RoyalGaming YT
      RoyalGaming YT

      I have the atlas and it’s a beast

      about 1 month ago
    • Fred Reitz
      Fred Reitz

      This review is misleading. The VW Atlas is almost a second slower then the Honda.

      about 1 month ago
    • Geoff Bland
      Geoff Bland

      Rough ride? How sensitive are you? THe Atlas is one of the smoothest I've tried outside of Mercedes. It's not rough at all.

      about 1 month ago
    • Joel Repass
      Joel Repass

      I would just get a Used Durango. No hate against these cars but they are just minivans that look better. If I’m buying an SUV it better do it all and all SUVs on the market these days are just undercover minivans that drive worse. The Durango can haul kids and tow while still getting decent gas mileage and the Reliability isn’t that bad compared to other FCA products.

      about 1 month ago
    • Leisure and Work Style Magzine
      Leisure and Work Style Magzine

      Atlas is so smooth. It is such a joy to drive this car.

      about 1 month ago
    • Leisure and Work Style Magzine
      Leisure and Work Style Magzine

      Atlas is smoothiest drive that I ever had on a sub.

      about 1 month ago
    • caio ribeiro
      caio ribeiro

      Atlas is a adorable q7

      about 1 month ago
    • shaw shawee
      shaw shawee

      Don't forget the resale value! !!!

      about 2 months ago
    • exionem
      exionem

      VW elegant and subdued. Won´t look dated in 10 years.

      about 2 months ago
    • DB22
      DB22

      My wife owns an atlas and i do not agree with the poor ride, more of sporty ride without body roll which i actually like how an suv drives for once

      about 2 months ago
    • depellerinluc
      depellerinluc

      This guy is awful.

      about 3 months ago
    • Jacob Hunnicutt
      Jacob Hunnicutt

      Nice VW but one of my biggest concerns is longevity as thats where the real value is imo. 45k is a LOT of damn money for a 4 wheel depreciation wagon. You get a lot more for that dollar when you stretch the useful life of the vehicle. My family will typically put 150k or more miles on a car for this reason. Honda has a well earned reputation in this regard across virtually every vehicle its ever produced and the Pilot is no exception. VW on the other hand has been shaky at best and this vehicle is completely unproven. For that reason alone the Pilot gets the nod from me with all else being essentially equal. If after a decade the VW has produced the same record of reliability I will reassess.

      about 3 months ago
    • Umair Osman
      Umair Osman

      Autoguide and Redline reviews have always favoured the Japanese (or Korean) car manufacturers , no matter how good the competition was ....

      about 3 months ago
    • Nonya Bizness
      Nonya Bizness

      Now, redo the test drive with a full tank of gas, and 7 people in the car. Then you will realize that when the Atlas is fully loaded it is as smooth as the Pilot empty. Now load up the Pilot all the way, and you’ll see it’ll handle like a boat and becomes terribly slow.....

      about 3 months ago
    • Gates of Royalty
      Gates of Royalty

      Not GOD, but you are DAMN !!! You better watch your words !

      about 4 months ago
    • M Sal89
      M Sal89

      I thought the pilot was over 100cu ft, think your lying

      about 4 months ago
    • M Sal89
      M Sal89

      Honda reliability and resale for the win

      about 4 months ago
    • Peter_Tings
      Peter_Tings

      This man is clearly not a car guy and is an absolute idiot to pick the crappy honda that is older, less cooler, has no 360 degree camera or an electronic parking brake etc.
      The Atlas in reality is faster, more fun, cooler to look at and in the real world, smoother.

      about 4 months ago
    • leki kelekona
      leki kelekona

      New atlas looks sorta like the old boxy pilot...

      about 4 months ago
    • David Cobretti
      David Cobretti

      He's saying that the VW has a rough ride and makes more road noise, he only showed us the 2.0T trim, the 3.6L Atlas is far more quiet, powerful and fun to drive than the V6 Pilot.
      I wish he also talked about the great off road capabilities of the Atlas, it beat the Pathfinder in off roading.
      The Fast Lane makes more objective comparisons than this page.

      about 4 months ago