Called a boring but practical car by Autoblog, the new Volkswagen Atlas has plenty of features going for it, but Editor Jeremy found it to be lacking in the design area.
Looking at the specs and laundry list of features, the Atlas seems to check every box of a crossover buyer. Engine power is definitely not lacking with a 2.0-liter turbo four offering, delivering 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. There’s also the 3.6-liter VR6 unit churning out 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Both options are combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, though VW’s 4Mmtion all-wheel drive system is available.
Then there’s the long list of premium features including three rows of seats, 17 cup holders, various USB charging ports, telescoping steering column, SiriusXM satellite radio, six speaker system and more. If that’s not enough, VW also offers desirable options, like a panoramic sunroof, hands-free rear tailgate, 12.3" digital cockpit, etc. Of course who can forget the Atlas’ 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the 2nd and 3rd rows folded down?
But Jeremy still finds it “terribly boring” in terms of looks, though this is a subjective opinion from him. Some may find the LED lighting elements bold, but he just sees headlights that lacks design imagination. Another gripe was the ease of access, which seems to be hampered by traditional doors that opens outwards instead of sliding to the side like a van.
His conclusion after test driving VW’s new crossover; “You certainly won't hate the Atlas, we just don't expect that you'll feel very attached to it.”