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.

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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.