Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

By Paul Riegler on 21 March 2018
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While we love the Volkswagen Touareg, there was always something missing in the Wolfsburg automaker’s lineup: a three-row SUV. Enter the aptly named Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders. This Atlas only has to hold a large family and a few of its friends.

We first saw what the Atlas would look like when VW previewed its CrossBlue concept crossover in 2013. While the CrossBlue was smaller and a plug-in diesel hybrid, the Atlas is relatively supersized. Think Ford Explorer and you’ll appreciate how big this VW is.

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Our Pure White Atlas arrived during one of the many snow storms that hit the East Coast in February and was quickly called the Snow Monster by staffers.

The Atlas is offered in a base S, midlevel SE or SE with Technology, or top-of-the-line SEL and SEL Premium versions, all with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard powerplant is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four banger that develops 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, with an optional V6 on the order sheet.

INSIDE THE 2018 VW ATLAS

German car fans will immediately recognize the interior, a German version of Scandinavian cool. The starter button is to the left of the shifter, the ergonomics are perfect, and fit and finish are excellent. Only the base S level gets a smaller 6.5” color touchscreen, while all other variants get a generously-sized 8” display.

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