The Volkswagen Atlas was VW's first swing at a three-row midsize SUV, and the automaker knocked it out of the park. Its roomy cabin and comfortable ride helped place it near the top of the pack when it debuted in 2018. But new competitors and a rapidly evolving market mean Volkswagen feels the need to offer some updates to keep the Atlas fresh.
On the outside, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets restyled headlights, bumpers, taillights and a new…
The Volkswagen Atlas was VW’s first swing at a three-row midsize SUV, and the automaker knocked it out of the park. Its roomy cabin and comfortable ride helped place it near the top of the pack when it debuted in 2018. But new competitors and a rapidly evolving market mean Volkswagen feels the need to offer some updates to keep the Atlas fresh.
On the outside, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets restyled headlights, bumpers, taillights and a new grille. The interior receives some mild changes such as a new steering wheel and the addition of new driver aids including a system that can scan traffic signs. This latter feature can help you know what the speed limit of the road you’re on, even if you didn’t see the sign yourself.
We think the SE with Technology trim gives you the best of the Atlas’ features while keeping the price reasonable. You can also select the panoramic sunroof and second-row captain’s chairs if you desire, or check the box for the R-Line package, which gives the Atlas a sporty appearance. Acceleration from the four-cylinder and V6 engines is similar, so there’s little reason to upgrade to the V6.
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize three-row SUV sold in eight trim levels. It is powered by your choice of two engines, though their availability across trims is quite confusing.
The base engine is a turbocharged 235-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It comes standard on S and SE levels, plus the front-wheel-drive SE with Technology and all-wheel-drive versions of the SEL and SEL Premium. All other configurations are powered by a 276-hp V6. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
Standard features of the base Atlas S include:
The S also comes with these safety features:
The SE adds a host of convenience features, including:
SE with Technology
The SE with Technology primarily adds driver assistance features, but a few other extras are included as well:
There are several options packages starting at this level, including:
SE with Technology R-Line
This trim comes standard with the V6 engine. It also adds:
The SEL builds off the SE with Technology trim. A panoramic sunroof is standard at this level, as is the Towing package when you opt for a V6 engine. Other add-ons include:
The SEL R-Line essentially marries the SEL trim with the R-Line’s styling upgrades and standard V6. It also includes 21-inch wheels.
The SEL Premium is the most feature-packed Atlas available. It starts with SEL content and all-wheel drive, then adds:
SEL Premium R-Line
This top-of-the-line trim pairs the SEL R-Line’s upgrades with SEL Premium’s features.