The 2018 VW Atlas, the first three-row mid-size crossover SUV that VW offers in the U.S., is getting great reviews and enthusiastic buyers who come to Speedcraft VW in Wakefield after comparing it against the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS.
Two big attractions of the 2018 VW Atlas is its industry-leading warranty and incentives that make it a more affordable option than the Traverse. And those who have been awaiting the Atlas – with more room than the Touareg and Tiguan – are saying “At Last,” a VW that can carry my kids, their friends and all our gear.
The warranty is the best in the business, and the end-of-year sales are amazing. The 2018 VW Atlas carries a transferable 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Competitors typically offer 3-year/36,000-mile or 5-year/60,000-mile warranties. Buyers can also save thousands of dollars, compared to the Traverse.
Don’t just take our word for it. U.S. News and World Report says the 2018 Atlas is already a “runaway hit” for VW. “Volkswagen is offering the 2018 Atlas (starting at $30,500) with 1.9% financing for five years. That’s a better deal than you’ll get on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS (starting at $33,045), which has 3.9% financing for five years. Choosing the Atlas over the Traverse will save you about $4,400, thanks to the Atlas’ lower interest rate and starting price.”
2018 VW Atlas Overview
Here are some standard features: A turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6-liter VR6 rated at 276 hp and 266 lb-ft is optional. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard with both engines, and the all-wheel-drive system is optional with the 3.6-liter engine. LED headlights, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard, and the touch screen is easy to use.
The interior has 153.7 cubic-feet of interior volume, and one reviewer says, “You have to be NBA-size to find the Atlas too small.” One popular feature is the second row seat that pushes forward smoothly – even with a car seat installed – and tilts downward, creating lots of space to get into the third row. Reviewers also praise its “standout” transmission and quiet ride.
Car and Driver says the 2018 Atlas is, “fully capable of shouldering the responsibility of transporting families and all their stuff as well as a big chunk of VW’s future in America. Like its namesake, this VW is strong enough to handle heavy lifting.”
The 2018 VW Atlas and 2018 Chevrolet Traverse LS share many similarities: both have V6 engines, good ground clearance, similar gas mileage, backup sensors and backup camera, power tailgate and spacious access to the third-row seats. Reviewers are saying the Atlas has a lot more leg room in back. The 2018 VW Atlas has a bigger arm rest and plenty of head room too, but the biggest selling points are the best-in-class warranty and its affordability.