2022 VW Atlas review // A giant in this class!

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This is a Motormouth couple car review of the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size, 3-row SUV. The Volkswagen Atlas is a comfortable and spacious family-hauler! The VW Atlas is one of the largest vehicles in its class with plenty of front and second row legroom but where it shines is in third row space offering best in class legroom at almost 34 inches. Overall cargo space at 96.8 cubic feet beats out its main competitors, the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, only the Chevrolet Traverse offers a little bit more.
There are two engine options for the Volkswagen Atlas, a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder with an 8-speed automatic transmission, 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6L V6 with 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Standard AWD in Canada, FWD and AWD options available in the US. The VW Atlas has a bold exterior style with standard LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, chrome exterior trim, black roof rails, available silver and standard 18” wheels, available 20” and 21” wheels. You can up the sportiness of this SUV with the R-Line package with black exterior accents, black wheels, brushed stainless steel pedals and an R-Line leather wrapped heated steering wheel. Standard features on the Volkswagen Atlas include, a 6.5” touchscreen, available 8”, an 8” digital driver display, available 10.25”, wired Apple Carplay and Android Auto, available wireless, cloth upholstery, available leather and heated front seats. If you are looking for a little more luxury, available features include, ventilated front seats, heat rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, 11-speaker Fender Audio system, a power passenger seat, driver seat memory, a 360 camera and navigation. Captain’s Chairs are available for $700 CAD/$695 USD on select trims.
Fuel economy for the 2L Turbo, 11.5L/100 km, 20 MPG city and 9.5L/100 km, 24 MPG highway. 3.6L V6 13.4L/100 km, 17 MPG city and 10.1L/100 km, 23 MPG highway
In Canada, the 2L turbo Atlas starts at $41,995 CAD and Comfortline $47,495 CAD.
3.6L V6 starts at $49,695 CAD, Highline $54,395 CAD and Execline $58,395 CAD. In the US, the first FWD Atlas starts at $34,600 USD/ AWD $36,500 USD. The 3.6L V6 FWD SE with Tech $40,520 USD/AWD $42,420 USD, SEL AWD $46,535 USD, SEL R Line Black $48,090 USD, SEL Premium R Line $51,790 USD.

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  • That engine is not a great engine! It burns a ton of coolant and is susceptible to dying at any time! I would know we had one for 6months!

  • I had a US 2019 Atlas SEL Premium with every option you could get. My opinion of the vehicle was 180 degrees from the general motor press. Lot’s of complaints about plastic and ride quality. However, I didn’t mind the plastic because of great fit and finish, and I thought the ride was very good. It’s a really great road tripping car, except for fuel mileage (they REALLY need a hybrid powertrain). The Atlas allowed me to finally have my dream of owning a luxury vehicle with all the high tech and convenience features, even though it’s not considered a luxury vehicle. My wife’s Audi Q5 Premium Plus cost just as much and had way less features, and didn’t have that much less hard plastic. The Q5 is quieter and rides better even though it’s way smaller, but that still didn’t make me unhappy with the Atlas. I LOVED that vehicle, and when the lease came to an end I considered buying it. But two things kept me from doing so. 1) potential reliability problems. You mentioned it doesn’t have a stellar rating, and there are a lot of negative comments in owner forums. It was perfect in the 3 years I had it, but I was worried about long term; 2) my short-of-stature wife could not see left hand cross traffic because the outside mirror completely blocked her view. A deal breaker that we unintentionally overlooked when we test drove it. Had we been paying closer attention, we wouldn’t have gotten the vehicle. In 3 years of ownership, she drove it exactly once, and declared it undriveable for her. The designers’ sample groups weren’t diverse enough, apparently. Lastly, your VW dealer won’t gouge you with a $10k markup like your local Hyundai or Kia dealer. I was not willing to support a markup solely based on dealer greediness (this was before COVID) just to be one of the cool kids

  • Atlas’s greatest forte has to be its spacious interior and value packaging. That’s despite the interior has cheap quality and VW’s notorious poor reliability record. I would consider a Hyundai Sante Fe, Kia Sorento, Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza before Atlas CS. Even if VW badge has so much German cachet carries on it.

  • This is a big car Andrea, looks very smart and performance is quite nippy for such a size of frame. Zack looked a bit scared on acceleration but I’m sure felt safe with such a big car to protect passengers accordingly. I like the infotainment screen moulded into the dashboard traditionally rather than the modern tablet after thought style.

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