Specifications of Volkswagen Atlas (facelift 2020) 3.6 V6 (276 HP) 4MOTION Automatic
General characteristics of Volkswagen Atlas (facelift 2020) 3.6 V6 (276 HP) 4MOTION Automatic
The Atlas's wide variety of models is a good thing, but it can also be viewed negatively. Honda's Pilot is a much simpler car in comparison, only available with one 3.5-liter V6 option that's more efficient and more powerful than both engines found in the Atlas. Both cars come with lots of comfort and safety features as standard, but we prefer the higher-quality interior of the Atlas. The Atlas also scores points for having a usable 3rd row and more cargo space than the Pilot.
When comparing entry-level models, the Atlas wins. Honda doesn't offer a decent infotainment system at a base level, but the overall Pilot range is better value for money. Honda also offers you more kit at a lower price, whereas you have to pay close to $50,000 to get all the luxuries in the top-spec Atlas.
Since VW decided not to increase the pricing of the Atlas by too much, the Ascent is now the more expensive option. Not by much, however. The Ascent uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with more power than the base engine on the Atlas, but better fuel consumption. However, the Subaru's poor CVT gearbox ruins whatever power advantage it has. Unlike the Atlas, which only has AWD, the Scooby has a permanent four-wheel-drive system with X-Mode. The Ascent matches the Atlas when it comes to standard features, but it struggles to reach that German quality. The Atlas is also bigger and more comfortable. The Subaru's engine is a peach, but its poor gearbox makes us lean in the direction of the Atlas.
The Atlas is a fantastic SUV, but it is not without its faults. Engines that don't inspire and aren't exactly frugal hold the VW back from reaching the top of the segment, as does the fact that a large number of features can't be equipped separately and can only be attained by purchasing models higher up the trim ladder. But, the Atlas offers many merits in other departments.
A supernova in terms of space and comfort, the Atlas has more than enough standard features and an intuitive infotainment suite. The SUV was made to be a capable and comfortable family hauler and it certainly does it well, if at the expense of engagement. It brings a highly agreeable and plush ride, and an undeniably premium feel from the SEL upwards. The interior is a strong point and offers high-quality materials, and the technological progression of the cabin is emphasized by the virtual cockpit found in the higher trims.
The Atlas is attractive enough to be noticed and provides enough solid and reliable power for a pleasurable and hassle-free journey, whether you're off to pick up the kids or on a long road trip.