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The Volkswagen Atlas has a very balanced interior in my opinion. It's not over the top luxury, but it doesn't look cheap. Nice use of leather, wood grain trim, and piano black trim panels as well. Flat bottom steering wheel does look nice and actually not "racey" like it typically would. Everything seems to be well in proportion to what you would want to see in something like this.

Reviewers have said that it's comparable to a big American SUV interior but I think it has a bit more German flavor than just that.

What are your thoughts on it ?

 

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Not really sure where they got the American SUV interior from. That description brings to mind sharp corners and blockish looks, but the Atlas interior is anything but and has all the fine trimmings of a luxury German car.
 

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Not too sure but it would have been a lot better if they would have provided an example to refer to in order to make that connection.
 

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being familiar with Audi interiors this is just about as close as it gets. But its expected they do this, being the closest VW product to an Audi they're almost obligated to make that move.

Anyone here wanted to see more or less of audi influence?
 

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Just picked up my SEL 2WD, and I'm thrilled with the look of the interior. Titan Black leatherette seats are really comfortable and feel built for slightly larger frames. Can't comment on how it relates to American Manufacturers (never owned one), but coming from decades of Japanese cars, trucks and minivans from Honda and Toyota, I can say that it is a marked stylistic improvement (IMHO.)

There's some missed opportunities, as nothing's perfect, but all in all I'm liking the feel and ergonomics quite a bit.
 

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What are the missed opportunities that you've found? Can they potentially be remedied with some DIY or aftermarket parts ?
 

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What are the missed opportunities that you've found? Can they potentially be remedied with some DIY or aftermarket parts ?
When comparing to my old 2013 Honda Pilot (and my wife's 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan), they both had a small blue LED that acted as very directional downlighting from the room right onto the where your fingers would grab the knobs of the AC/Radio/etc. They're small, but very functional in that you could see a map, find something in the center console box, or look through a purse without turning on a bright dome light.

I also don't like that the door handles don't function as key holders/containers - I already ordered some 3rd party 'containers' that will go in each of the four door handles and give each door another location to store things. I don't get why VW would just opt for a door handle that's simply a 'hole' vs a door handle that can actually hold stuff.

There's no real spot for a cell phone mount, unless you like the 3rd party options that sit in your vent and constantly blow hot/cold air on the back of your phone (unless you close the vent, which is sometimes hard to do with those mounts.... despite the CarPlay implementation (which is fantastic and will hopefully continue to be updated as time goes on), I (or my passengers typically like to be able to look at the phone and/or grab it select things quickly when we're at a light, parked, etc. As of now, I'm just finding myself sticking the phone in one of the cup holders, or underneath the screen, either of which is not practical. The rubber tray on top is a nice thought, but it doesn't support holding a phone upright in either landscape or portrait position.

Would have been nice to have a little visor or sunscreen over the touchscreen -- in certain lighting conditions (especially with the great sunroof wide open, the screen gets completely masked from overhead sun glare, which I think could have been reduced with a slight shade over the top of the screen.

There's only a USB port in the center console armrest - why not have a 12V cigarette lighter style option in the console armrest so that you can plug in things and keep their wiring hidden out of view (as opposed to having cables and cords extending to the dash.

And despite the large (illuminated) glove box, there really isn't a great amount of space to place things. As a family car, there's always toys, books, games, food, etc being passed around, and ultimately it's nice to be able to set things in various places on the dash, console, etc instead of constantly pulling them in and out of bags and backpacks.

I admit, these are nitpicks..... for the record I'm very pleased with the interior and actually like that it's not TOO luxurious.... the above checklist is all small stuff that I'm not sweating over at all.... To m, the Atlas really feels like a People's car - with just enough sophistication to live up to the VW and Audi pedigree but not too much as to call attention to the fact that I'm eager to spend money on vanity.... I wouldn't have ever considered the Touareg or Tiguan because of their price points, but with the Atlas, VW has provided an option that I think will appeal to a lot of consumers like me - working families that are constantly on the run and need versatility, comfort and safety in a package that is both classy and affordable. IMHO, the Atlas nails those points hands down.
 

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Those are nitpicks but they're justifiable nitpicks considering what the Atlas is meant for. I can definitely visualize and see each of those flaws whilst I'm reading them and it would definitely bother me for day to day usage.

Hopefully I'll be able to get past all of these things, but glad you got that pocket thing sorted. Really eager to see what it looks like all fitted in there though as I'd want something as clean as possible.
 

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VW has provided an option that I think will appeal to a lot of consumers like me - working families that are constantly on the run and need versatility, comfort and safety in a package that is both classy and affordable. IMHO, the Atlas nails those points hands down.
Yup, you are exactly the demographic they want to target which lucky for them has been around since SUV's first came on the scene. All they had to do was insert their competitor to the segment. Many great examples of this type, one of my favorites being the Toyota Sequoia.
 

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When I did the first test drive, my wife's first comment was - "Feel familiar?" It is very similar to her GTI, and it will be nice to switch between cars and not have to make adjustments to how everything works. We're going from being a two Mercedes family to a two VW family. The only control I will miss is the Mercedes cruise control stalk, which has become second nature. I've used the button cruise on long trips in the GTI, and still have to concentrate to do it right.
 

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I bought a SEL Premium for the Fender system and seats. Steering wheel, lcd gauges, console are clean and good looking. I feel that VW missed on the doors - handles (feels like a cheap universal plastic pieces) and door inlays on driver and passenger are plain faux wood surrounded by faux aluminum plastic. Audi gives you real aluminum and wood inlays. I guess that is the difference between a $50K and $60K vehicle SMH. I remind myself that the $60K+ Audi Q7 only fits little people in the third row too.
 

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I like our 2012 jetta cruise control on the stalk, everything right there with a rocker and rotating cancel/on/off switch. The atlas on the wheel kind of sucks. I also prefer my nissan frontier's fog light control on the turn signal stalk as well as I have bright fogs and will shut them off for oncoming, unless they have lights aimed so high they dazzle me then the fog's stay on.
 
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