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If you read some of the reviews the big knock is that the two engines offered, 2.0L Turbo and 3.6L V6, are weak and not very exciting. Are there any plans to upgrade the engine package so that the Atlas is comparable to others in this class?


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I would love to see a supercharger for the VR6.

But I'm one that thinks the VR6 isn't underpower at all. Although, I had the new Tiguan, as a loaner, and I wouldn't want the 2.0T in the Atlas. I know the 2.0 is tuned differently for the Atlas, but still, I like the flat torque curve of the VR6.
 

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Have you driven one, do you own one, or are you commenting based solely on hearsay? It's no GTI, but perfectly adequate in everyday driving. I'll be towing with it next year, and the hp and torque are an improvement over what I've used for the last dozen years, and I expect it to be more than capable. The 8 speed transmission does a great job of getting the most out of the power output.
 

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Why do you think that it's weak and not very exciting? I've read a lot of positive comments about the all-wheel-drive model with 276-hp V6. Unfortunately, I'm not an owner yet, but Atlas' engine was one of the reasons I want to buy this vehicle.
 

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If you do some comparisons, which I've done, the engine in the Atlas has less horsepower and a slower 0-60 time. Of course I'm not buying a sports car here but performance is still a factor. If you read many reviews online the common theme is the engine is sluggish. Here are some 0-60 times on cars I would consider comparable in price, features and size. Dodge Durango 7.6 seconds, Audi Q5 5.9, Buick Enclave 6.6 seconds, GMC Acadia 6.7 seconds, VW Atlas 7.9 seconds. The Durango (295 HP), Atlas (276 HP), Enclave (310 HP) and Acadia (310 HP) all have 3.6L V6 which is what I am comparing here. To go from 0-60 would take Durango 334 feet, Atlas 348 feet, Q5 259 feet, Enclave 290 feet and Acadia 295 feet.


Please keep in mind I'm not bashing or trying to dislike the Atlas. I would love to purchase one and am just starting my research. Test drives will be next. I've never driven an Atlas to answer one of the comments.


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You might want to start by checking with local European tuning shops near you because odds are they have some insight on what aftermarket parts makers have in the works.
 

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If you do some comparisons, which I've done, the engine in the Atlas has less horsepower and a slower 0-60 time. Of course I'm not buying a sports car here but performance is still a factor. If you read many reviews online the common theme is the engine is sluggish. Here are some 0-60 times on cars I would consider comparable in price, features and size. Dodge Durango 7.6 seconds, Audi Q5 5.9, Buick Enclave 6.6 seconds, GMC Acadia 6.7 seconds, VW Atlas 7.9 seconds. The Durango (295 HP), Atlas (276 HP), Enclave (310 HP) and Acadia (310 HP) all have 3.6L V6 which is what I am comparing here. To go from 0-60 would take Durango 334 feet, Atlas 348 feet, Q5 259 feet, Enclave 290 feet and Acadia 295 feet.


Please keep in mind I'm not bashing or trying to dislike the Atlas. I would love to purchase one and am just starting my research. Test drives will be next. I've never driven an Atlas to answer one of the comments.

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Yeah the atlas will probably lose in a 1/4 mile but I found the handling superior to all the others you listed (except Q5 which I never drove). Keep in mind the VR6 motor is more like an inline 6 than a traditional V6 and has its own pros and cons. To be honest I found the whole segment to be lack luster and personally thought a 3.5ish liter turbo or a V8 would be better for the size and weight. I chose the Atlas because the engine was 'capable', the handling to be surprisingly sporty, a refined interior on par with luxury models and the most spacious in all 3 rows.
 

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Mitts:

I agree with your comments completely. You may be interested in looking at Car & Driver's review of the Atlas 2.0T. The turbo seems to perform better than the V6, and gets significantly better fuel economy as well.

https://www.caranddriver.com/volkswagen/atlas

I could probably tolerate the performance of the antiquated V6, if it was more economical, but that's just not the case. I suspect that VW designed the Atlas with a different engine in mind, but had to change plans unexpectedly after their Dieselgate fiasco hit the fan! The Atlas appears to be a good chassis in search of an engine. VW needs to come up with a modern gasoline engine equal to what the Japanese competition offers!

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Engine type/code

Hello.
Sorry for my english. Is here anyone who knows engine type/code of 3,6V6 and ECM/PCM version???

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I have a 2.0L Atlas SEL with Neuspeed upgrades and it pulls like freight train, very quick with a lot of torque, HP should be around 300, in about a month I will have it dynoed and will post the results. Fuel economy runs between 18 and 21, not the greatest for 120 cubic inches but the power is amazing and worth the tradeoff for fuel economy. It will wax a V6 Atlas.
 

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I bought a V6 Atlas for towing our camper and hauling around the kids, etc... after the first 500 miles, the fuel economy has significantly improved to 23.5 mpg (I'd estimate 60% highway, 40% city). Towing a 2000 lbs popup through the backroads between Kentucky and Tennessee it pulled like a dream and got about 19mpg.
 

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I have a week old Atlas 2.0. It is more than adequate to say the least. The car drives very nicely, with plenty of power when needed. Look for a drive demo on YouTube with the 2.0, or test drive one. It is quick, nimble and powerful with strong acceleration, considering its hefty size, while providing very decent MPG’s. The V6 felt heavy and sluggish when I test drove it - felt like a different vehicle. 2.0 rocks in my opinion.
 

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The Atlas V6, driven in "Normal" mode, does have a bias towards economy and requires more throttle off the line to move quickly. Choose the "Sport" mode, and the throttle is more responsive, the steering quicker, and the shift points change. It also seems to have more engine growl, much like our GTI does in Sport mode. So, you have a choice - sedate or responsive. The Sport mode and the suspension design make the car fun to drive - more so than you'd expect in a 4000 lb SUV.
 

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