2018 Volkswagen Atlas Owners Manual – There are two engines designed for the Volkswagen Atlas: The base engine is a 235-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 258 lbs-toes of torque. Both models I drove were designed with the recommended 276-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that creates 266 pounds-toes of torque. An 8-10-speed automatic is the only transmission. Front-tire push is standard, while all-tire travel is available on V-6 models.
I discovered the V-6 to get underwhelming. It doesn’t feel as if it provides quite sufficient oomph to launch the Atlas’ significant girth effortlessly. It stresses a little bit throughout merges and moving maneuvers, but I identified the transmission to get a willing kick down spouse in those situations.
In their online video review, fellow editor Jennifer Geiger faulted the Atlas’ directing, saying it absolutely was as well light on center – particularly at pace, in which keeping the SUV structured in their lane was challenging. I go along with her evaluation; the controls seems like it belongs on a smaller sized vehicle.
However, thanks to the Atlas’ individual drive options, I discovered a satisfying method: I established the steering to Sport, which adds some heft, whilst keeping the powertrain at its Regular establishing (the accelerator is as well twitchy in Sport).
Fuel-economy scores fluctuate extensively by the engine. 4-tube models are EPA-ranked 22/26/24 mpg city/road/put together, whipping FWD V-6 models (18/25/20 mpg) by an honest margin. AWD V-6 models can be found in somewhat behind that, at 17/23/19 mpg.
Equally, engines use normal gasoline. These numbers delay most of the competitors: The Toyota Highlander with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive will get approximately 20/26/22 mpg.
The Volkswagen Atlas’ styling is very vertical. The sides appear to increase forever, and the perception of boxiness is the most prominent visual of the complete package. Over and above appears, nevertheless, this method plainly advantages cabin space for freight and occupants.