2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Interior


#6 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$30,895
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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.8

The 2019 VW Atlas has a mostly upscale interior with wood and metal accents as well as soft-touch surfaces. However, it also has a few hard plastics. The seats are roomy and comfortable, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Total cargo space is excellent for the class.

  • "An almost-Audi-like elegant simplicity to the cabin gives the 2019 VW Atlas an upscale atmosphere." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Our test car's interior was a sea of black plastic and vinyl with Volkswagen's trademark no-nonsense interior design. The primary ergonomics are excellent, the touch points (steering wheel, armrests) are padded, and the seats themselves are all-day comfortable, but many trim pieces use hard, ungrained, cheap-feeling plastic." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • Those in the front will see cabin materials that are almost premium quality, the kids behind get the less classy stuff that's harder and can take more punishment." -- Autotrader

Seating

The Atlas is a three-row SUV that seats seven people on standard cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, second-row captain’s chairs, leatherette or leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Third-row seating is best left to children in most SUVs, but not in the Atlas, which has plenty of head- and legroom in all three rows. The second-row seats tilt up and slide forward and backward to allow easy access to the third row. For installing child safety seats, there are three complete sets of LATCH connections on the second-row seats and a tether anchor on each third-row seat.

  • "Yes, it’s so good, it’s worth a special mention. The way the second row slides forward to make the seats behind so easily accessible is just one aspect. Passengers will also find plenty of headroom and decent legroom, with space under the second row to place their feet." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Third-row seating in many crossovers is a cramped and awkwardly accessed affair. Not in the Atlas. … It isn't just for kids back there, even a couple of lanky teenagers will find it bearable." -- Autotrader
  • "And it's huge by VW standards. The Atlas is 9.5 inches longer than the Touareg, and its rear seat does something few of its competitors do: It fits full-size adult human beings. This isn't a seven-seater just on paper, and accessing the rearmost two seats is fairly easy, thanks to a middle row that slides and tilts forward." -- Motor Trend (2018)

 Interior Features

The Atlas has smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link. Other standard features include a 6.5-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera.

Several other features are available, such as Volkswagen Digital Cockpit (a digital screen that replaces the entire gauge cluster), an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, three more USB ports, a 12-speaker Fender stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, and a surround-view parking camera.

The touch screen is quick to respond to inputs. There are physical controls for some functions, and smartphone users will appreciate standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Digital Cockpit’s customization and accessibility earn praise.

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  • … the available 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is sleek and provides clear readouts but its flat glass surface is easy to smudge. And with no haptic feedback when selecting menu items, frustrated fingers will only fumble about while driving. Thankfully, when equipped with Volkswagen's digital cockpit, all the touchscreen information can be transferred to directly in front of the driver with all settings adjustable using the multi-function steering wheel." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • And there's the digital cockpit … which replaces the standard gauge cluster. This all-digital 12.3-inch display lets you customize your display and provides excellent visibility. It can also be part of an expansive customization based on the driver. … it includes what radio station presets each driver prefers, climate control settings, navigation view, how you have the digital cockpit set up and what drive mode you like. … We wish the Atlas had a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel instead of the manual setup, as it would be nice to add that to the list of customizable parameters." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "We've been impressed with Fender audio systems in past Volkswagens and the Atlas' is perhaps the best effort yet." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)

 Cargo

The VW Atlas has 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row. Folding down the third row opens 55.5 cubic feet. With both rows folded down, there’s a maximum of 96.8 cubic feet. That’s a ton of space, even among three-row crossover SUVs. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "In the basic Atlas, the two rearward rows of seats will fold to create a flat load-space floor. Behind the third row is a still-generous 20.6 cubic feet of cargo area, which expands to an impressive maximum of 96.8 cubic feet." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With butts in all the seats, the Atlas has 21 cubic feet of cargo space, while most competitors are in the teens." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "On the inside, the Atlas offers nothing but space. Plenty and plenty of space. With a footprint similar to the Ford Explorer, the Atlas offers a whopping 96.8 cubic-feet of capacity when the second- and third-row benches are folded flat." -- New York Daily News (2018)
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