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Video | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Real World Review

If you’re looking for information on a newer Volkswagen Atlas, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review

Volkswagen, long known for fun, diesel-powered cars, is ready to change the conversation with the introduction of its brand new, 3-row SUV, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. With its competitive pricing, spacious third-row and generous 6-year, 72,000-mile warranty, we expect the Atlas will convert quite a few Honda Pilot and \ fans.

The Atlas is offered in several different trims, but the base model comes with a 3.6-liter V6. There’s also the option of a pretty cool all-wheel drive setup. It’s called 4-Motion, and allows you to switch between four different driving modes depending on your road conditions.

Our test vehicle is an SEL Premium with 4-Motion. At first glance, the Atlas fits well into Volkswagen’s lineup. It’s not overly flashy or angular, but it’s good-looking with a rugged SUV persona.

Driving the Atlas, you’ll quickly notice the smooth ride and responsive steering. There’s also a noticeable lack of body roll when taking corners.

One thing to keep in mind: You’ll probably want the 3.6-liter V6, especially if you need all-wheel drive or plan on doing a lot of towing. Otherwise, the Atlas may feel a bit sluggish with the whole family on board. See the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas models for sale near you

Inside, the Atlas is very spacious with great visibility. Even tall drivers will be comfortable. And the available panoramic roof only adds to the airy feeling.

We also like all the family friendly details … tons of cup holders, storage bins, dual-zone climate control and a remote hands-free liftgate. Perfect for when you’re trying to get everyone and everything loaded up without a lot of drama.

And parents will love that the second row slides and folds for easy access to the third row, which is surprisingly spacious for this size SUV. Even adults can get comfy back there. And there’s plenty of room behind the seats for your luggage.

Tech-wise, we like the 12.3-inch digital cockpit. It displays a ton of info. Just don’t let it distract you from the road. And everyone’s devices will stay charged with up to four USB ports. We also found the infotainment system to be seamless, thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations.

As for safety, there are several innovative features available, like automatic brake assist, rear cross-traffic alert and parking assist, but you’ll have to buy a higher priced trim level to get them.

From what we’ve seen so far, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas could be an excellent fit if you’re looking for a spacious, upscale, family-friendly crossover.

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