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

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The standard 8” central information display is easy to use and quite responsive to the touch.  The Atlas supports Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto and MirrorLink.  We found the navigation software easy to use but nonetheless stuck with CarPlay for most of our week with the vehicle.

Volkswagen has done a particularly good job of implementing Apple CarPlay, with none of the glitches we’ve encountered at several other automakers present here.

The Digital Cockpit is customizable but not as futuristic as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which is truly in the Jetsons’ class.

Notable features include remote access to the vehicle as well as emergency assistance on the SE and above, as well as a program that monitors the speed and location of young drivers who may be using the car. Speaking of young drivers, did we mention we found four USB ports in the car?


The height of the Atlas lets you press the start/stop button from a commanding vantage point.  Once underway, the 3.6-liter V6 and all-wheel drive, which develops 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, provided effortless acceleration and high-speed highway merging.  However, it does a reasonably well-cushioned ride although that ride turns harsh on chatter bumps and other similar road irregularities.

Volkswagen has made quite an effort in the past half decade to incorporate the latest in driver-assistance tech and the Atlas is no slouch in this department. The driver assistance technologies are worthy of note: the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist came – at speeds of 40 mph (65 km/h) or above – closer to autonomous driving than any car I’ve driven in its price class and even higher.  The adaptive cruise was capable of bringing the car to a complete stop and stay in place for roughly three seconds, resuming if conditions permitted.  For longer stops, a simple tap on the accelerator pedal or the Resume button sufficed to resume operation.

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