And TractionLife (TL) plans to put that claim to the test in their latest drive review.
In light of their Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen is trying to win back some of their family oriented customers by “moving from a small-car brand towards a more family-friendly lineup.” Ironic given that the gasoline V6 powered mid-size SUV is released following said scandal.
Company reputation aside, the Atlas is a car one takes “to a National Park or the lake house on the weekend…a car that delivers freedom”.
The family hauler didn’t disappoint when TL editor Graham Heeps tested it on a dry and dusty off-road course. Powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and equipped with 4Motion AWD, nothing really stumped the Atlas when in off-road mode. Though he does note that the hill descent control is overactive and something he fought with.
Other than that, the seven seater in Execline trim comes with a plethora of creature comforts to make those long road trips all the more enjoyable. There’s plenty of USB charge points along with a 115V power socket, more than enough power to keep those electronic bound passengers occupied. Look up, they can even gaze at the sky through a panoramic sunroof.
“The Atlas is the car that VW-loving families with more than two children, or older kids, have been waiting for.”