Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion

By Paul Riegler on 17 December 2019
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Introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Volkswagen Atlas filled in a gap in Wolfsburg’s lineup: a three-row SUV.

Previewed as the Volkswagen Crossblue, the Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its name is quite apt: In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders.  This Atlas only has to hold a large family and a few of its friends.

We last looked at VW’s largest model a year ago so the dust has now settled.  The Atlas is no Touareg – our previous favorite in VW’s SUV lineup – but it does stand up to the test of time.

In early fall, a striking Fontana Red Metallic Atlas appeared at the door with R-Line bumpers, side skirts, and special badging, along with hefty 20” wheels.


The Spartan but well appointed cabin of the Atlas makes a great first impression. Indeed, German car fans will immediately recognize the interior, a German version of Scandinavian cool. The starter button is to the left of the shifter, the ergonomics are perfect, and fit and finish are excellent.

Seat comfort was excellent throughout.  The second-row seats tilt forward and fold to ease access to the third row and even those in the back had decent legroom.

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