VW Atlas in the USA: Your guide to buying, importing, and current prices

VW Atlas in the USA: Your guide to buying, importing, and current prices

The VW Atlas is considered a midsize SUV in America. Compared to its corporate sibling, the Touareg, it offers more space with up to 7 seats and over 5 meters in length, which can make importing this German American SUV a worthwhile option.

2022 VW Atlas and new 2024 VW Atlas

VW Atlas: An SUV for Europe and America

Since mid-2017, the VW Atlas has been offered as a "Midsize SUV." It aims to fill the gap between the smaller VW Tiguan and the larger VW Touareg, but in terms of length, it actually surpasses the Touareg. With its 5.05 meters in length, it exceeds it by a full 17 centimeters.

As the largest SUV, it is based on the MQB platform and uses four-cylinder transverse engines from the modular system, as well as V6 engines. The Atlas is produced in two variants and offers 7 seats, while the Cross Sport can accommodate 5 adults. Almost identical, but under a different name (VW Teramont), it is offered in China and the Arabian Peninsula.


  • Generous interior space

  • Easy and intuitive to operate

  • Good equipment


  • High fuel consumption

  • Plain plastics in the interior

  • Better insulation in the Touareg

Technical Specifications of the VW Atlas

The large SUV comes with two engine options. The 2.0-liter TSFI engine has four cylinders and is transversely mounted in the front. It delivers 238 PS and a torque of 350 Nm. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine is also available, producing 280 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

All-wheel drive (4Motion) is currently reserved for the VR6 engines. Both engines come standard with an Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission.

Starting with the 2024 model year, the VR6 will no longer be offered. Instead, Volkswagen will install a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a power output of 273 PS and a torque of 370 Nm.

Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive (4Motion) available as an option. Power is transmitted through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

With a wheelbase of almost exactly 3 meters, the Atlas glides comfortably over uneven terrain.

Info / VariantAtlas 2.0TAtlas 3.6 VR6Atlas 2.0T (2024)
Displacement1,984 cc3,597 cc1,984 cc
Power238 HP276 HP269 HP
Torque350 Nm360 Nm370 Nm
Top Speed190 Km/h (limited)190 Km/h (limited)Approx. 188 Km/h
Acceleration (0-100 Km/h)8.6 s8.9 s7.3 s
Consumption (combined 100 Km)10.7 liters12.4 liters11.2 liters
Tank Volume70.4 liters70.4 liters70.4 liters

Design and Interior of the VW Atlas

Volkswagen offers a solid and well-thought-out vehicle with the Atlas. Clear lines meet typical American dimensions. A large panoramic sunroof allows plenty of light into the spacious interior. The controls are where you'd expect them to be. You can get in and drive without having to study annoying user manuals. The infotainment system is up-to-date and offers wireless smartphone connectivity. Even Wi-Fi is available. The Atlas Cross Sport adopts a coupe-like design at the roof and rear, accommodating only 5 passengers. The standard Atlas offers generous seating for seven.

VW Atlas Interior

The equipment also stands out with thoughtful details and a modern ambiance. Even the base SE trim includes many features such as air conditioning, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, heated seats, and much more. The higher trim levels, SE with Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line Black, and SEL Premium R-Line, further enhance the Atlas. The SE with Technology trim already includes dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, and Easy-Open trunk. The top-tier SEL Premium R-Line leaves nothing to be desired, offering 21-inch alloy wheels, heated and ventilated leather front seats, premium sound system, and of course, the R-Line exterior design.

Equipment Variants and Prices for the VW Atlas Overview:

VW Atlas Interior The Volkswagen Atlas is available in various equipment variants:

  • SE: This base variant starts at a price of $39,075.

  • SE with Technology: An upgrade from the SE version, offering additional technology features. The starting price is $43,015.

  • Peak Edition SE with Technology: A special edition with additional features and a unique design. The starting price for this variant is $47,905.

  • SEL: A higher equipment variant with more luxury and comfort features. The starting price for this variant is $49,795.

  • Peak Edition SEL: A special edition of the SEL model with additional features. The starting price is $51,785.

  • SEL Premium R-Line: The top equipment variant with the most features and highest comfort. The starting price for this variant is $53,805.

Each of these variants offers different features and equipment that affect the price. It's advisable to check the exact specifications and features of each variant to make the best choice for your needs.

In terms of safety, the VW Atlas does not lag behind its rivals. All major safety assistants are included. Collision warning, emergency braking assist, and lane change assist are just a few of the possible helpers.

Interested in the VW Atlas? Then check out the offers here.

Other SUV Options Compared to the VW Atlas

If the Atlas isn't the right vehicle for you or you simply want to learn about possible alternatives, consider checking out the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, or Chevrolet Traverse.

VW Atlas Cross Sport - Atlas also as SUV Coupé

VW Atlas Cross Sport - Atlas also as SUV Coupé

The VW Atlas is a five-seater, all-terrain sedan produced at the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee; for the North American market. In Russia, the Middle East, China, and Mexico, the vehicle runs as the VW Teramont. With the VW Atlas Cross Sport, Volkswagen has launched a somewhat "slimmed-down" version which, with its slightly smaller dimensions, is also ideally suited to our domestic roads.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

Differences between the "original version" and the Cross Sport variant are largely limited to "looks". With a length of 4.95 meters and a width of 1.99 meters, the VW Atlas Cross Sport is missing only a few millimetres compared to the VW Atlas. The exterior height is also somewhat lower. Nevertheless, the dimensions remain impressive - especially if you compare them with our usual vehicles. In terms of shape, the hatchback stands out in comparison to the Atlas pure version. The seven-seater becomes a five-seater - with plenty of space and seating comfort "in the 2nd row". Also, if the rear seat is folded down, a loading area of around 2,200 litres capacity spreads out. A lot can be stowed away here!

Generosity is the key

The technology is practically identical. Like the VW Atlas, the VW Atlas Cross Sport has two engine versions, buyers can choose between a (TSI) four-cylinder petrol engine (235 PS output) or a VR six-cylinder petrol engine (276 PS output). There is also a choice in terms of drive: front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The interior equipment is functional and without exaggerated luxury, but still appears generously proportioned. What is striking is the comparison to cars from domestic production: due to the larger mass, there is no feeling of confinement, even when fully occupied. Every passenger has enough legroom and freedom of movement - in the front and in the back.

For European car buyers, it might take some getting used to, as there are no extras for the VW Atlas Cross Sport. The vehicle is offered in a total of eight equipment lines, and the buyer must decide which one is best for them. Each equipment line includes a certain spectrum of functionalities. Those who value certain functions, such as parking assistant or digital cockpit, must choose the appropriate equipment line and then, if necessary, accept features that are less in the personal focus.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Backside

Inexpensive to have - Import from the US or Canada

The price of the VW Atlas Cross Sport ranges from 30,545 US dollars (entry-level version) to 49,765 US dollars (VR6 engine, four-wheel drive, full equipment), depending on the drive and equipment. Converted into euros (exchange rate 1.125 US dollars/euro), this results in a price range from around 27,150 euros to approx. 44,250 euros. So all in all, a strong vehicle with big interior, a lot of comfort, and a favourable price compared to cars of this class that we offer.

At a normal German VW dealer, you will only yearn when it comes to the VW Atlas Cross Sport. The vehicle is officially intended for the North American market and is only offered there. Good thing that there is the possibility to import cars from the USA. For this, you are exactly at the right place with us. We carry out the import for you at attractive conditions and support you in the purchase - from the conclusion of the sales contract to the delivery of the vehicle directly to your door.

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Chevrolet Camaro completely revised

Chevrolet Camaro completely revised

The 65th IAA from September 15th to the 22nd of 2013 is casting it's shadow. At the Frankfurt trade fair, Chevrolet will officially present the revised Camaro as a convertible and for the first time in Europe, the coupé. Both vehicle models will be presented in an innovative aerodynamic exterior with many new details.

A powerhouse with over 400 hp

Engine cooling and driving stability have been further improved on the Camaro. This was achieved by reducing lift at the front end - made possible by additional air vents that allow engine heat to dissipate more easily. A 6.2-litre V8 engine with variable valve timing VVT and cylinder deactivation used to power the Camaro. In the six-speed automatic transmission, the engine delivers 405 hp, and while combined with a six-speed manual transmission, up to 432 hp. Thus the Coupé accelerates within 5.2 seconds, and the convertible within 5.4 seconds to 100 kilometers per hour.

Facelift provides even more aesthetics

There are also some changes to the external appearance of the Camaro. The headlights are narrower than before, while the rear is now equipped with one-piece wide lights. The antenna - previously an aesthetically unattractive stub - is now completely recessed into the tailgate. These changes in detail make the Camaro even sleeker and, with its clear contours, powerful bodywork and balanced proportions, it presents itself as a sports car in a class of its own.

More comfort and technology

Inside both models offer additional equipment for more driving comfort. An engine start function integrated into the remote control is available at extra cost, while coupé owners can order Recaro leather sports seats as an optional extra. There are also a number of innovations in the technical interior equipment. The Camaro is equipped with the new My-Link technology, this makes it possible to connect smartphones with corresponding compatibility much better. A seven-inch touchscreen colour monitor displays content such as address directories, music, and photos in a clearly arranged form. The text-to-speech function is also innovative as it allows text messages to be read aloud by the system.  As well as a head-up display that projects important driving data directly and clearly onto the windshield.

Pleasantly affordable: Camaro via US direct import

Especially pleasing is the price for the Camaro remains the same. The convertible costs 44,990 Euros, and the coupé, 39,990 Euros (prices in conjunction with the six-speed manual transmission). Whether as a coupé or a convertible, the Camaro thus remains affordable for men who love a sporty driving style in a vehicle with a correspondingly professional design. The new Camaro is scheduled to be available from dealers at the end of 2013. It is likely to be even more affordable if it is directly imported from the USA. The cost advantage of a direct import may outweigh any downside of the Camaro- such as it's considerable fuel consumption despite improved aerodynamics, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation. But, necessary for a car with this kind of engine power!

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray - Return of a legend

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray - Return of a legend

This year's Detroit Motor Show showcased many impressive vehicles, but one undeniable highlight is the new Chevrolet Corvette C7, which once again bears the legendary "Stingray" moniker.

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Front

The impressive 6.2-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine promises a consumption of less than ten liters per 100 kilometers. This could position the Corvette as a real "fuel saver" compared to some German sports cars. Boasting a proud 450 horsepower and a torque of 610 Newton meters, it sprints to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. This potentially places it as a rival to the Porsche 911. While concrete figures are still pending, American sports cars have often shown us in the past: top performance doesn't always come with a high price tag.

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Back

The C7 doesn't just bring a new engine. It also features a modern six-speed automatic transmission, a seven-speed manual gearbox, rev control, and advanced lightweight construction technologies. Chevrolet has clearly taken cues from Chrysler and the revamped Viper. The C7 is equipped with a sophisticated suspension, dynamic driving control, and a luxurious interior adorned with carbon, aluminum, and the finest leather.

We eagerly await the third quarter of 2013 when this gem officially hits the market. It will be particularly interesting to see what additional performance the ZR1 version will offer.