Buyers looking for a midsize three-row SUV that provides plenty of interior space will appreciate the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas. Monterey Volkswagen shoppers report they’re impressed with the VW Atlas’ comfortable ride and excellent handling. The Volkswagen Atlas seats seven, making it the perfect SUV for larger families who need to take a load of kids to school, sports practice, family vacations or anywhere else they need to go. Making the Atlas an even more attractive buy is Volkswagen’s two years of free scheduled maintenance visits.
The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is available in seven trim levels, listed as S, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium. The standard engine is a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant that makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This engine is only offered with front-wheel drive. Fuel economy figures are estimated by the EPA at 20 mpg city/24 mpg highway.*
Buyers at dealerships like the Volkswagen dealer near Monterey can choose the optional direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. It’s also mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available with the V6. Volkswagen hasn’t released fuel-economy numbers for the V6 as of the date of this writing. However, we expect the results to match last year’s figures of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway with all-wheel-drive.
Standard features for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas include automatic LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way manual driver seat, automatic wipers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system and a USB port.
Standard driver-assist features include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, as well as blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning. Options include an automatic parking feature and adaptive cruise control.
The VW Atlas SE trim gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity entry and push-button start, an eight-way power driver seat, rear sunshades, faux leather upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen, an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio, four USB ports and a rearview camera. The SEL trim includes the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which replaces the standard gauge cluster with a digital display that can be customized in a number of different ways.
Safety scores have yet to be released by the IIHS and NHTSA. The results should be identical to last year, when the Atlas received the top score of Good in all crash tests from the IIHS and five-out-of-five stars from the NHTSA for overall safety.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle