/Thinking About the New VW Atlas? | Volkswagen of Inver Grove
Families often have many needs when it comes to travel and transportation. Volkswagen’s true crossover SUV, the Atlas, is a vehicle with a vast, accommodating inside that headlines access, utility, and safety for everyone. The Atlas is everything that Volkswagen drivers have come to expect from a tried and true brand.
The Atlas features the state-of-the-art modular design developed by VW, the MQB platform that is shared with the Tiguan, the Alltrack, and the golf. As with many three row crossover vehicles, size is generally the main purpose behind purchasing, and the unique chassis of the Atlas defines its interior space while maintaining a massive, robust outside. Even the easily accessible 50/50 set up for the last row of seating is spacious even for the full-sized adult. The second row has the option for captain’s chairs so everyone can ride in comfort.
The overall feel of the vehicle is certainly functionality over complex style, but the Atlas still has a sleek leather upholstery available. Its utilitarian storage pockets and nooks, foldable seats, wardrobe hooks, and many, many cupholders are functional for even the largest of suburban families.
Performance for the Whole Family
The Atlas comes with two available engine options. The 235 horsepower 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is available only with front wheel drive, but does offer a fairly efficient 26 MPG Highway for a vehicle its size. The alternative that is available on their premium models is the 3.6 Liter VR6 engine with 276 horsepower and 266 feet-pound of torque. This engine is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, and is fitted with both its front wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. Both engine options are coupled to an 8-speed transmission.
Like other vehicles in Volkswagen’s current lineup, the Atlas has available settings with its 4 Motion/AWD that conforms to the driver’s individual style, and even the conditions of the road. These can be set to meet certain pre-programmed conditions including on-road, off-road, custom off-road, and normal. Even further, the on-road options include further driver specific settings to choose from: Eco, normal, sport, and individual.
Volkswagen’s vehicles come with an array of options featuring integrative technology, communication, and connectivity. The Atlas’ comes with an 8-inch standard display screen featuring its Android Auto/Apple CarPlay systems. Also available is an upgraded 12-inch display that features a digital dashboard that shows the driver everything between basic dials to full navigational systems. Premium models also include additional USB ports, additional speakers, and Sirius XM radio options.
As with any vehicle responsible for carrying the entire family, safety is a top priority for the engineers behind the Atlas. Standard models come equipped with a rear-view camera, simplifying reverse navigation of such a massive vehicle. More premium models include enhanced safety features including blind spot warnings, lane assist, and front and rear park distance control. The SEL model includes all of these great safety features as well as an additional full parking assist.