2018 VW Atlas Preview-WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row 7-passenger SUV or crossover built on a shared platform with other VW products, called MQB. This new VW Atlas model will be available as a 2018 model with front wheel drive FWD or all wheel drive AWD. The base engine is a 2.0L turbocharged with 238 or a VR6 with 280hp. The VR6 is matched to the latest 4Motion VW AWD system. Both the 4-cylinder and VR6 get an 8-speed automatic.
Competitors to the VW Atlas are the Hyundai Santa Fe XL, the Mazda CX-9, the Toyota Highlander, the Honda Pilot, the Acura MDX, Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Journey, GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Sanata Fe, Hyundai Tucson, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti QX70, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover LR4, Land Rover Discovery, Lincolm MKX, Lincoln MKT, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes GL, Mercedes GLE, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Forester, Toyota Highlander, Toyota RAV4, Toota Venza, VW Touareg, Volkswagen Touareg.

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zither999 says:

would be nice with a V6 TDI

R-line with 3.0T would be cool

otherwise, Touareg TDI customers are left with nothing to go to besides diesels from Land Rover or Mercedes,

dujon linton says:

not feeling this one


Front design looks like Dacia Duster to me

St8Solja says:

This seems more of a 4runner competitor

basalplane says:

to bad they are screwing around their TDI customers…wont buy another VW with how much they hate Canadian customers

ldawson103 says:

VW has the least inspiring vehicle designs in the industry. Just a complete bore.

James Wisrik says:

Did Ford buy VW….looks like the Explorer AND Mitsubushi Outlander. The Tiguen looks like the Edge! VW POS! keeps you in debt just repairing it!

mercguy658 says:

People saying “ugly, looks like a Jeep.. explorer..”.. lol. Not even close.. I think it looks great and even better in person. I am getting one for my wife!

Alden Buyer says:

reminiscent of a Land Rover

godfatherNYC says:

Love it. The name is good too, since it’s easier for most people to pronounce. Totally agree about the pricing. I just don’t think I would consider it without the (high MPG Diesel) TDI, which I highly doubt will be available agin in the USA by the time the Atlas arrives?

BeeeHonest says:

I can’t wait for you to test drive it and give us your honest feedback! Oh and the pricing too! Right now my choices are Mazda CX-9 and Audi allroad, all 2017 model!

iainmac2 says:

Do you know if the new Tiguan GTE Active will be in production?

Chris Sorreda says:

Atlas really does sound like something VW would use to name their car doesn’t it? Like Phaeton, Tiguan, etc hahaha

AirAmerica says:

This guy does the best reviews PERIOD. Great guy.

jane Motren says:

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John J says:


Mojogasm says:

Looks good from the front & back. Interior is good looking as well. Also, looks bigger than the Highlander…possibly as big as the Pilot. I’m glad they put in a V6, most of the these 7 seaters are really too big for smaller engines. I kinda wish they didn’t made those lines on the side so prominent…might not age that well. Zack is on the money about the price, VW really can’t price this vehicle too high with their BS ‘German engineering’ tag line since the other vehicles in the market are fairly premium as well.

Caio Caldas says:

Could Volks sell their commercial vehicles in the US ?

killerguitar44 says:

Typical Volkswagen, it’s brand new and you’ve already got the check enginething lighted on at 2:00. 😉

Leland Tai says:

Does it come in a diesel version? Sorry i couldnt resist

Nathan Johnson says:

Exterior styling (by ex-Mitsubishi designer?) is not good. Especially compared to the very elegant Touraeg, the Atlas has too many creases and part lines. Interior and function are solid looking though.

Yousef says:

Looks like a fucking Renault and a Grand Cherokee had sex, ew.

Erol Germann says:

Decent by all means !

wyatt bowen says:

How are they going to be able to price the Atlas? The Touareg is 50 000$(way to expensive to begin with) for a 5 seater. Is volkswagen expecting to make there 7 seater a cheaper alternative to the Touareg. Mid 30’s starting… I don’t know about that

heyitsme says:

omg! they finally got rid of the green rear privacy glass and are using the normal black shade instead! hopefully they do this on the tiguan too! thank the lord. that green glass was hideous.

limetcm12 says:


Andrew G says:

Love your videos: very informative and the Canadian perspective is appreciated

Mark McKinnon says:

No diesel, no thanks!

Nick Cavalier says:

Thanks to Zac for his non_stop contributions.
To me it looks like a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Let’s see Zac’s driving review later and the pricing here in Canada.

Khalid Alfadli says:

vw needs to real suv

fred420 says:

People really need to get over the reliability. YES, there were massive issues in the late 90’s and especially from 2000-2006 I’ve had a 2012 GTI and now a 2016 Golf R. Neither have given my any headaches like my 2001 GTI and 1998 Golf.. I mean we are talking almost 20 years at this point….

Jamal Starks says:

Those Wheels are horrible…

Milorad Puhalo says:

looks like the old stile BMW X

Kevr says:

Recently turned in our ’11 TDI and used the money towards a Mazda CX-9. Was thinking of waiting for the Atlas, but based on the video of the interior glad we didn’t. The Atlas looks a lot more clunky and utilitarian than the CX-9. No frills. Also, wonder if those seats are as stiff as they look.

Maybe sitting and driving one will be more inspiring than the photos show.

ozzycarnut says:

this probably needs to be priced less than the touareg, which runs at $67 – $116k AUD depending on trim and engine selection. perhaps its pitched at the middle ground between tiguan and touareg, im not sure. im just concerned that given the size (it looks bigger than touareg), it will carry a price tag to match, and may cannibalise touareg. it would need to come in at say $50 – $75k AUD i would think but i cant see that happening here in australia. still, nice car, heaps of room, and a proper third row to carry adults that dont need to dislocate their legs unlike some of the other pitiful offerings on the market. just putting it out there too, i would love to see an r spec, with twin turbo v6 or v8.

Pete.M. says:

Woo-hoo! I love how it doesn’t look like every feckin thing else on the road today. LMFAO.

Lee Edens says:

So, the VW Atlas is VW answer too other large 3 row fwd CUVs, it looks like a big version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but not in a good way, meaning this would be a design Jeep would have thrown out (I also see a little BMW X5 and Mitsubishi Endeavor in it), next problem, what’s the price, it can’t cost more than a Ford Explorer with the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost, so, it will probably be priced around the naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 Explorer, the Ford Explorer has a base naturally aspirated V6 engine and 2 EcoBoost engines has options (2.3 I4 turbo and 3.5 V6 turbo), the I4 turbo on the Atlas is the base engine and the V6 is the option, note no awd available for the I4 turbo, whereas it’s available on the Explorer I4 turbo, where does this leave the VW Touareg, yes, a new gen it coming, but will it now be an outlier in the VW CUV/SUV lineup, I say this because the Touareg is a SUV, whereas the upcoming Atlas and Tiguan are CUVs, the VW Atlas is based on VW MQB platform, the largest vehicle yet on this platform, note this MQB platform supports the number of US models (Golf, upcoming Tiguan and Atlas, funny the European Passat is on this platform), if VW wants to turnaround sales in the US, maybe, just maybe, use the MQB for the Jetta, our Passat and etc future models, will this pull sales away from the Audi Q7, for customers looking for a 3 row large German CUV/SUV

theaviator06 says:

Great Video! Kind of looks like a Jeep Grand Cherokee from some angles. Could be a good mid-size SUV. I just don’t know if I could trust the reliability of a VW/Audi product.

djd324 says:

Would not buy, Made in USA. Not paying for a premium German car made in America. Kind of disappointing. Plus no diesel.

All Hell Breaks Loose says:

Just another softboy victim for the Honda Pilot.

iainmac2 says:

For that price I’d prefer a Jaguar F-Pace.

Sergei Ivanov says:

I think it is Skoda Kodiaq

gouru sai says:

i like this car very much may i know the price in India , launching date

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