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Revealed last year, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has made an appearance in Toronto this week at the ongoing 2017 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) and it’ll also be at other Autoshows in Quebec City, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

We were lucky enough to get up close and personal with the new 7-seater SUV, close enough to give all three rows of a try. Ergonomically, the slightly bolstered driver’s memory seat is wide and comfortable with the option to save up to three seating positions. It can be power adjusted to a variety of drivers, even those with specific lumbar requirements.



There’s plenty of leg and room for second row passengers, but adult riders in the third row may feel a cramped in the leg area (tested by my 5 foot 6 body) so it’s probably best to have the kids sit there. Getting in and out of the third row is a breeze with the stowaway middle row seats that tilts and slides smoothly forward.

As for cargo space, even with the third row up there should be enough room for a few suitcases and there’s a dip on either side of the trunk for even more storage. For those who need a weekend hauler, the rear seats can be laid flat. To top it all off, hidden under the cargo floor is a car jack and what seems to be a Fender sound system.

Other features found in the auto show Atlas includes rear passenger individual climate controls, universal tablet mounts, trailer hitch, wood grain dash trim, integrated rear passenger window sun shades and more.

Your last chance to see the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas at the Canadian International AutoShow is the 26th of this month and it’s worth a look if you’re nearby.


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Always liked having memory seat on the actual seat rather than anywhere else since its not often you use it, not nearly as much as window controls or lock/unlock. Makes you wonder why other car makers do it. I come from Lexus and they keep these controls on the upper 1/4 of the door, easy to access but at the same time not the cleanest look.
 

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Really like that thin spoked steering wheel as well as how flush the exhaust tips are mounted and that they'll rectangular. Was that mat in the back a weathertech ? Looks like the same badge but I'm not 100% sure.
 
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