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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Review

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A midsize SUV with third-row seating and plenty of optional tech upgrades, the Volkswagen Atlas could be a solid choice for someone who needs room for up to seven passengers and wants the VW brand name. The 2019 Atlas has a 72-month, 72,000-mile “bumper-to-bumper” warranty, double that of rival manufacturers.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas pricing

The lowest manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) for the Atlas is $30,895. That price can increase by almost $18,000 if you opt for the top, premium trim.

TRIM Price range
SE Trims $35,495 – $41,045
S Trims $30,895 – $34,095
SEL Trims $41,395 – $48,395


Why the price range for the trims above? You could add all-wheel drive to each one, driving up the price. The least expensive option that has 4Motion, Volkswagen’s AWD, is $34,095

Of course you do not have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Depending on where and when you shop, the price may be lower. You could use a free, online industry guide, such as NADAguides or Kelley Blue Book, to see what the fair purchase price is in your area; you shouldn’t pay more than that.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next. Potential lenders could include Volkswagen financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. Car dealers can raise your APR, so be sure to also apply for a loan outside of the dealership. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree where you may be matched with up to five different auto loan offers from lenders, based on your creditworthiness.

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas safety

The 2019 Atlas earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for both the AWD and front-wheel drive powertrains. It also earned high marks in crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

This safety technology is included on the base trim:

  • Pedestrian monitoring. If the car senses something or someone in front of it, it alerts the driver audibly and visually, and applies the brakes if the driver does not.
  • Blind spot monitor. Drivers are alerted of potential danger in adjacent lanes. When combined with Lane Assist on certain trims, the car will countersteer to stay in its lane.
  • Rear traffic alert. When put in reverse, the car can detect approaching vehicles that may be difficult for the driver to see. It will warn the driver and apply the brakes if necessary.

Safety technology that may be offered on higher trims includes:

  • High beam control. At speeds close to 40 MPH on dark roads, the car will automatically raises the high beams if no oncoming traffic is detected.
  • Adaptive cruise control. The Atlas can maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front. If the car in front comes to a complete stop, the Atlas will, too.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas trim comparison

Volkswagen offers 13 trims, which we broke into three sets, S, SE and SEL. The first and least expensive is the S trim, which has two types: the S and the V6 S with 4Motion. Both share the same features, except the V6 S with 4Motion has a six-cylinder engine instead of a four-cylinder engine and adds all-wheel drive. Any package that is listed as “available” is for an extra cost. All other features are standard and included in the base MSRP at no extra cost.

S Trim
S V6 S with 4Motion
Base MSRP $30,895 $34,095
Standard Features Rain-Sensing Wipers, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind-Spot Monitoring, LED Automatic Headlights, 6.5″ Touch Screen, Sport Mode S Features Plus 4Motion AWD, V6 Engine. Available Tow Hitch Package.


The SE trim offers six main options for the Atlas.

SE Trim
V6 SE V6 SE with 4Motion V6 SE with Technology V6 SE with Tech. with 4Motion V6 SE with Tech. R-Line V6 SE with Tech. R-Line with 4Motion
Base MSRP $35,495 $37,295 $37,295 $39,095 $39,245 $41,045
Standard Features Fog Lights, 18″ Alloy Wheels, Leatherette Seating, 8″ Touch Screen, Keyless Access, Push-Button Start, 3-Zone Climate Control. Available Packages: Tow Hitch, 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs. V6 SE Features, plus 4Motion AWD. Available Tow Hitch Package. V6 SE Features, plus Remote Start, Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto-Dimming Interior Rearview Mirror. Available Packages: Tow Hitch, 2nd-Row Captain Chairs, Power Panoramic Sunroof. All features of V6 SE with 4Motion and V6 SE with Technology combined, except the Tow Hitch Package is standard. V6 SE with Tech. Features, plus the R-Line Black and Chrome Sporty Styling. All the features of V6 SE with Tech. with 4Motion, plus the R-Line Black and Chrome Sporty Styling.


The SEL trim is the most expensive.

SEL Trim
V6 SEL V6 SEL with 4Motion V6 SEL R-Line V6 SEL R-Line with 4Motion V6 SEL Premium with 4Motion
Base MSRP $41,395 $43,195 $43,345 $45,145 $48,395
Standard Features Panoramic Sunroof, Navigation System, Park Distance Control, Hands-Free Liftgate, Digital Cockpit, Driver’s Seat with Memory. Available Packages: 20″ Silver or Black Alloy Wheels, 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs. V6 SEL Features plus 4Motion AWD. V6 SEL Features, plus the R-Line Black and Chrome Sporty Styling. V6 SEL R-Line Features, plus the 4Motion AWD. All the features of V6 SEL with 4Motion, plus the 20″ Alloy Wheels Package is standard, LED Taillights, Ambient Lighting, Leather Seating, Ventilated Front Seats, Overhead View Camera, Premium Audio, High Beam Control

2019 Volkswagen Atlas competitor comparison

In case you didn’t see an option you like, here are some of the Atlas’ highly-rated competitors. They are all mid size SUV crossovers, some with third-row seating.

Volkswagen Atlas Honda Pilot Nissan Murano Jeep Grand Cherokee Mazda CX-9 Ford Explorer
Base MSRP $30,895 $31,450 $31,270 $31,695 $32,280 $32,365
Expert Scores 4.2 4.4 4.1 4 4 3.8
Standard Features Forward Collision Mitigation, 3rd-Row Seating, Blind-Spot Monitoring, LED Automatic Headlights Honda Sensing Safety and Driver Assist Suite, 3rd-Row Seating, Push-Button Start, 5″ Color Screen Automatic Emergency Braking, 8″ Touch Screen; Apple CarPlay/Android Auto 7″ Touch Screen, V6 Engine, Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert 7″ Touch Screen, 50/50 Split Folding 3rd-Row Seating, Active Safety Features, Voice Command Ford MyKey, 18″ Wheels, Keyless Entry, 3rd-Row Seating, LED Headlights and Taillights, Trailer Sway Control
Fuel Economy 24 MPG 22 MPG 23 MPG 21 MPG 24 MPG 30 MPG

*All models are 2019. All MSRPs are the lowest base price for each model. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings when available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

The bottom line on the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

The Atlas has competition from other seven-seater vehicles, but you might like it for its size and  German engineering (though it’s built in the U.S.). You might not like it if you’re looking for something with a higher resale value, better long-term reliability or more rugged capability.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.


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