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

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Meanwhile, blind-spot monitoring and rear-view backup camera both worked well and the central information display did an excellent job of displaying what was behind.

The eight-speed automatic is well suited to the V6 although it’s more fun to manually downshift when needed.

The all-wheel drive version comes with multiple drive modes including Normal, Sport, Eco, and Snow that adjust engine, transmission, steering response, and adaptive cruise control. We didn’t have much occasion in early October in the Northeast for snow but I did keep the Atlas in Eco for at least one-third of the time and it did improve fuel economy. Otherwise, I stayed in sport, which greatly improved the steering response.


With its excellent road manners, supersized passenger capacity and cargo room, and Teutonic fit and finish, no one will shrug at the Atlas.  As I noted last time around, it’s a very well executed three-row SUV that can carry the sky on its shoulders.


2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion
Base price/price-as-tested $45,145/$46,810


Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque 276 / 266
Transmission 8-speed
Curb weight (lbs) 4,300
Wheelbase (inches) 117.3
Length x width x height (inches) 198.3 x 78.3 x 70.0
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 7.9
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 17/23

Jonathan Spira contributed to this review.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)



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