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Volkswagen hopes to put Dieselgate behind it and generate more U.S. sales with its new 2018 Atlas. This 3-row crossover offers a generous amount of cargo space as well as a new fully transferable 6-year/72,000-mile warranty, plenty of options, and an enjoyable driving experience. Fuel efficiency isn’t great, and the nav system isn’t either, but because the Atlas can support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a smartphone could be helpful with navigation.

Chris Wardlaw tested an Atlas SEL Premium with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, but Volkswagen plans to offer 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 235 hp and 258 lb-ft after a short production delay. Both engines pair with an 8-speed automatic, and while the V6 can be had with front- or all-wheel drive, the 2.0-liter will offer only FWD. Wardlaw found the Atlas’ handling and braking confidence-inspiring despite its heft and calls the seating in all three rows surprisingly comfortable. Read more on CarGurus: cargur.us/fN534

Presenter: Christian Wardlaw
Cinematographer: Dan Sharp

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    • tc1uscg
      tc1uscg

      Not sure I'd say it's "Huge" since I still have a minivan (Chrysler) in my drive, it's roomy. So was the VW Passat TDi SEL P (2013) I owned (before selling it back to VW). But it is roomy. I just ordered my SEL Premium last night (they didn't have the wheels/trim/color combo at the dealer. I would have not taken the Nav system (but wanted the fender sound system) since the nav system at was in the Passat was a running joke, that it would tell you turn after you PASSED your turn and it never took me the same way from the same point to point directions everytime. Guess it went by the old VW saying "No particular place to go". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjSJHV2RfQU
      Nice video. Nice to watch something to JUSTIFY that $50k I just paid LOL.


      To address some of the "stop and restart manually" issues (and dead battery), I was informed the battery issue has been corrected and software updates for the start/stop feature have been "tweaked". I would hope the later 2019 models have been "fixed". But not info on the ghost stops in the middle of know where with no other cars around. My guess is, it's just like my 2011 Town and Country. Driving down the road, not a cloud in the sky, the wiper(s) will make a pass or two as if it detects rain (which it has a rain sensor). I think I'm hitting a bug just right and it makes the wipers activate. I'm starting to wonder with the stopping reporting if that's whats happening to the VW. They are TOO sensitive.

      about 9 days ago
    • Rikard Larma
      Rikard Larma

      Atlas V6 is on REGULAR gasoline!

      about 2 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 and EPC light turned on. 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 3 months ago
    • ATARI800XLfan
      ATARI800XLfan

      This SUV needs a diesel option

      about 4 months ago
    • Brent's Views
      Brent's Views

      I consider you one of the best reviewers on the tube. I'm 71 and truly appreciate a mature detailed report, especially when you tell about how it performs while driving in various conditions and the use of different features. I hate the reviewers who joke around and think they're supposed to entertain instead of giving a straightforward review! I downloaded this particular review. I was considering a Toyota Highlander, but now will check out the Atlas in person. Thanks and keep up the superior work!

      about 5 months ago
    • Michael Stanton
      Michael Stanton

      I'm a big fan of this video format. I liked the hosts inflection and tone and comparison with other vehicles and he delivered the facts and explained why they're facts too. Great for people like me that have no idea what SUV to buy for my small but growing family.

      about 6 months ago
    • tomcatjeff1985
      tomcatjeff1985

      I bought VW Atlas exactly a year ago...it's a perfect vehicle for a snowy and slippery road here in Alberta, Canada. The only downside is it's mpg but you can be reciprocated by vehicle's massive passenger space and comfort.

      about 7 months ago
    • bswell
      bswell

      Have an SEL Premium 4Motion and love it. Roomier than pretty much anything in it's class and the price (and warranty) are right. It's obviously not an Audi Q7 but it's still pretty plush. Downsized from a terrible '15 Yukon XL that grenaded the transmission at 118k miles.

      about 11 months ago
    • rukia1216
      rukia1216

      I need this vehicle. I drive a 2012 Mazda CX-9 and I effin hate it.

      about 1 year ago
    • rukia1216
      rukia1216 In reply to rukia1216

      KM Bell we are barely living with my Mazda. The key and keyless entry/start is messed up. It asks for the key when the key is in the car. We are waiting for income tax time to get the Atlas!

      about 11 months ago
    • KM Bell
      KM Bell In reply to rukia1216

      rukia1216 I had a 2010 Mazda CX9 and had no issues until my water pump bust at barely 99K miles. Unbeknownst to me the water pump is internal with the engine and immediately destroyed the engine without warning. Now I'm getting an Atlas...

      about 11 months ago
    • Ian Alexander
      Ian Alexander

      Looks good

      about 1 year ago
    • Rod Herscher
      Rod Herscher

      Do your homework before to buy a VW Atlas, I bought the SEL 3.6 premium 4 motion in April 2018. During the 8 days I had this car; it was in service 2 times...so don’t waste your money ....be a smart customer....

      about 1 year ago
    • Jon Michael Chua
      Jon Michael Chua In reply to Rod Herscher

      What happened?

      about 2 months ago
    • Ian Alexander
      Ian Alexander

      The design is great

      about 1 year ago
    • Ian Alexander
      Ian Alexander

      This looks great

      about 1 year ago
    • Raghav Baijal
      Raghav Baijal

      The interior looks cheap.

      about 1 year ago
    • Kendrick Keener
      Kendrick Keener

      Just bought an Atlas and I love it!!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • JJimenez
      JJimenez

      Which do you prefer this or VW Atlas? I'm stuck on these two and not sure which to buy.

      about 1 year ago
    • Pablo Jose
      Pablo Jose

      I once owned a Jetta with a crap Audi 1.8t engine. A $20,000 car I spent $12,000 repairing. How about a $2500 clutch? German engineering. When VW messed with the diesel mpg, the US government should have kicked them out of the country. How is the coefficient to drag on a box of ugly somehow more aerodynamic than a more streamlined and beautiful car? Who's going to confirm it? Nobody.

      about 1 year ago
    • mike saget
      mike saget

      Thanks car BOZO - You need to take a driving course and lose 75 lbs so you can sit in the seat properly not like a gangster rap video leaning back so far so your belly does not rub the steering wheel. Review something that counts: Power of the engine - new technology on the engine. INSTRUMENTATION that is NOT included: NO TPMS, no oil temp, no volt meter, no trans temp. Soccer mom van put key in drive take key out - VW Atlas is a no brainers for nor no brainer fat stupid lazy americans to drive

      about 1 year ago
    • nasir
      nasir In reply to mike saget

      weirdo

      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
    • If it's in the Word Then it's in the word
      If it's in the Word Then it's in the word

      No captain seats???? That's not good

      about 1 year ago
    • keytothegate K
      keytothegate K

      Chris says " I'd buy one.." Then go ahead and do so but how are you going to navigate that 50K price sticker so that you can enjoy all the electronics?

      about 1 year ago
    • mike saget
      mike saget

      bad vehicle no gauges no oil pressure, no volt meter, no coolant temp, no trans temp, no tpms that shows actual tire pressure basic car at a luxury price 22 on highway and 17 city if you are lucky. you can get a dodge hemi with better mileage

      about 1 year ago
    • MrJhynx
      MrJhynx

      What kind of Warranty does VW offer on this vehicle?

      about 1 year ago
    • Robert Wilkins
      Robert Wilkins In reply to MrJhynx

      6 years or 72,000 miles

      about 1 year ago
    • Mike Lameyer
      Mike Lameyer

      Thanks! I am going to buy one tomorrow. I have a 2016 Ford Explorer with a carbon monoxide leek. Ford said they would fix it. My friend at a different for dealership said they can't always fix it. I asked ford to take it in trade and I would take a new 2017. Ford said no. So I said here is yoiur fkg care and tomorrow i will buy the Atlas. Thanks for the review.

      about 1 year ago
    • Shekhar Kumar
      Shekhar Kumar In reply to Mike Lameyer

      How do you like your VW Atlas so far? I'm planning to get one soon.

      about 1 year ago
    • classicjag76
      classicjag76

      bold styling? bland styling. It looks like a Cherokee. We miss the old VW.

      about 1 year ago
    • keytothegate K
      keytothegate K

      Do people really pay 50K for this?

      about 1 year ago
    • ADFasdf asdfasdf
      ADFasdf asdfasdf In reply to keytothegate K

      Sorry but do you see a competition that is cheaper in this category that is fully loaded? This is the highest trim it comes in. The lowest trim is ~31k

      about 1 year ago
    • HANISH S. NADKARNI
      HANISH S. NADKARNI

      Christian....You are BESTEST ! ! ! ! ....After watching your review, I did purchase the Atlas SEL Premium 4MOTION....Please keep up the good work of enlightening and entertaining us with your reviews in future. I will be eagerly looking forward for more reviews from you. By the way this vehicle is practical and absolute value for money with all the safety features and other goodies it offers I never was a VW person but after your review that perception did change. Thanks to you.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ashley Usher
      Ashley Usher

      I think the cargo space, 3rd row, and the carseats that don't have to come out are my biggest selling point. It's an SUV so I'm not expecting great gas mileage, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the towing package is standard.. I'm pretty excited to be getting this!

      about 1 year ago
    • Light Surfer
      Light Surfer

      What about RELIABILITY

      about 1 year ago
    • D Jay T
      D Jay T In reply to Light Surfer

      Average for the market. Better than most in the segment

      about 1 year ago
    • Light Surfer
      Light Surfer

      Future MONEY PIT

      about 1 year ago