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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    • Henning

      what sucks really is the engine
      drinks a lot and feels dam slow
      I think best would be a 3 ltr. Diesel here !
      but thanks to USA politics and the fight against diesel, even if it is more environment friendly the Atlas get a shitty V6 gasoline engine.

      about 51 minute ago
    • Lisa Pinkerman
      Lisa Pinkerman

      I stopped watching after you said “GD” 🤦🏻‍♀️. The video was very good UNTIL THEN. Highly unnecessary

      about 11 days ago
    • Agent piggles
      Agent piggles

      2:55 you said the atlas has one more seat than the pilot but actually they are the same because the atlas only has two seats in the third row

      about 15 days ago
    • 블랙호크

      I like Atlas too.

      about 22 days ago
    • Nick J
      Nick J

      The pilot is great. Very reliable and its a honda u can't go wrong but its to granny like 55+ lady car

      about 1 month ago
    • Sam Avery
      Sam Avery


      about 1 month ago
    • GUITARSSful

      Huh that’s funny I watched a lot of videos on the atlas and they all said it rode very smooth and went over bumps very well idk

      about 1 month ago
    • doug l
      doug l

      VW hands down. If you need to make a quick move because of some idiot on the interstate, a sluggish pedal will get you killed.

      about 1 month ago
    • Rob Basque
      Rob Basque

      Dodge Durango quite fast & sporty

      about 3 months ago
    • DoYouJ?

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

      about 3 months ago
    • W. David
      W. David

      Definitely Volkswagen!

      about 3 months ago
    • Ted Baxter
      Ted Baxter

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

      about 3 months ago
    • Shiv Patel
      Shiv Patel

      Picked up sel premium at 44700 and msrp was 52700

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Suwen Li
      Suwen Li

      about 3 months ago
    • Prasanna K
      Prasanna K


      about 3 months ago
    • kelly j
      kelly j

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

      about 3 months ago
    • RoyalGaming YT
      RoyalGaming YT

      I have was and its comfortable this man is high

      about 3 months ago
    • RoyalGaming YT
      RoyalGaming YT

      I have the atlas and it’s a beast

      about 3 months ago
    • Fred Reitz
      Fred Reitz

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

      about 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago
    • Leisure and Work Style Magzine
      Leisure and Work Style Magzine

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

      about 4 months ago
    • caio ribeiro
      caio ribeiro

      Atlas is a adorable q7

      about 4 months ago
    • shaw shawee
      shaw shawee

      Don't forget the resale value! !!!

      about 4 months ago
    • exionem

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

      about 4 months ago
    • 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 5 months ago
    • depellerinluc

      This guy is awful.

      about 5 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 5 months ago