The Volkswagen Atlas; Carrying Your Lifestyle on Its Shoulders
The topic of SUVs is vast and getting wider every year as car manufacturers continue to hone in on the “it” factor that’s drawing millions of consumers to the category of Sport Utility Vehicles.
Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen has planted its flag firmly on the surface of near-perfect balance with its behemoth, 3rd-row Atlas. Like many vehicles in their line-up, the Atlas delivers everything you need under the hood. It delivers every comfort you could want in the cabin, and perhaps most importantly, ties together with the Volkswagen less-is-more, minimal, and impactful design.
The Atlas can be optioned from a 2.0L turbo, 8-speed engine (235 Horsepower and 258 Pound-feet of torque) to a 3.6L V6 8-speed engine (276 Horsepower and 266 Pound-feet of torque), offering equal parts power and fuel efficiency.
All selections in the line-up feature Tiptronic Mode, giving you a manual shifting option and control over your driving experience.
In addition to a wide selection of trim levels and a more-than-adequate engine range, the Atlas also features 4MOTION with Active Control, a system that offers four modes of all-wheel-drive specialization: Snow Mode. On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom mode. Controlled by a small dial that all but disappears into the slight and well-styled interior of the Atlas.
As you come to expect driving a Volkswagen, the Atlas takes its performance seriously. Through a smooth ride, minimal road noise, and quality precision steering, you’re quickly reminded that you’re driving a thoughtfully engineered vehicle from the design desks in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Volkswagen knows how to deliver an interior that takes simplicity to a new level of satisfying, providing an answer to the often-over-busy cockpits on the market today.
They also know how to pack the most value into every feature they offer. For example, perhaps the main attraction of the Atlas is the sought-after third row. Offering 33.7 inches of legroom, the Atlas comes out far ahead of the other midsize SUVs on the road today.
For your passengers, a massive panoramic sunroof fills the cabin with natural light, making the interior feel far roomier than even the specs might suggest.
Outfitted with V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces and available 3-zone climate control, the feature-packed Atlas does an amazing job of delivering premium amenities and integrating them seamlessly into a clean, minimal interior.
Safety and Technology
With features like the Safety Cage, which adds front and rear crumple zones to the Atlas, designed to help absorb the energy of a crash and distribute it away from the driver and passengers, it’s no surprise that Volkswagen takes driver safety seriously. With other systems like:
- Intelligent Crash Response System
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Rearview Camera System
Whether you’re headed to the mountains or taking the whole family to the supermarket, the Atlas provides end-to-end support to get there safely.
The Volkswagen Atlas simply embodies one of the more difficult things to achieve in designing a do-it-all vehicle, balance.
With an aggressive stance, a powerful front-end presence, minimal and efficient interior with engines options that leave nothing to be desired, the Atlas gives you exactly what you need in a family SUV without destroying the pleasure of driving. Schedule a test drive today at City Volkswagen of Chicago and experience the Atlas yourself!