The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, one of the most on-demand SUVs in the market today, has been built with elegance, performance, sophistication and comfort in mind. Considered to be among the biggest mid-size SUVs in the automobile industry, this beast of a vehicle is guaranteed to turn heads as it maneuvers through the neighborhood. Here are some key features of the VW Atlas that makes it stand out from the competition.
A quick look at the engine, transmission, and performance of the VW Atlas
This model comes with two engines: a 276 horsepower V6 version or the 235 horsepower four-cylinder. However, there are some similarities in both pairs, such as the presence of an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front or all-wheel drive. With a towing capacity of 5000 pounds, both engines are ideal for maneuvering through smooth or rough terrains. For optimal performance, this model has four all-wheel drive options to suit the current driving situation: On-Road Mode, Snow Mode, Off-Road Mode and the Off-Road Custom mode. When activated, each mode adjusts the engine and other features within the vehicle to provide the perfect driving experience for a specific terrain. To start the engine of the 2021 Atlas, this SUV comes with a push-button feature. The driver can also start the SUV remotely thanks to the presence of proximity keyless entry.
A peek into the interior design and spacing of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas
The interior of the SE and SEL models features an 8.0-inch touchscreen, which comes with the latest version of Volkswagen’s Car-Net smartphone application. The touchscreen feature has been built to perform almost like a smartphone, thanks to the availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The entertainment system comes with six speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, and is also Wi-Fi enabled. The SE or SEL versions come with eight speakers and SiriusXM satellite radio enabled.
The spaciousness and comfort levels of the VW Atlas is one of the reasons this vehicle is unique in the market. The driver’s seat, for example, can be adjusted in different ways for maximum comfort for not only the driver, but also the passengers. The second-row seats on the passenger’s side come with sliding bases and folding options that can be adjusted separately. This makes it easier for passengers to access the third row, which is also spacious and comfortable. To further demonstrate the spaciousness of this unique model, passengers can access the third-row seats even without removing a child seat from the second-row seat. This is possible thanks to the flexibility of the second-row seats, which fold, slide and tilt quite easily.
Behind the third-row seats, the VW Atlas comes with 20.6 cubic feet of space when the seats are unfolded. When the third-row seats are folded, the space increases to 55.5 cubic feet, and 96.8 cubic feet when all rear seats are folded. As a result, this specific model is considered to have one of the largest cargo spaces in midsize SUV vehicles.
2021 Volkswagen Atlas exterior features and design
Externally, the 2021 VW Atlas has a new three-bar silver grille design that incorporates the Volkswagen logo to make it look even more stylish. The elegant body looks almost like the Atlas Cross Sport but appears to be longer. This SUV also comes with a wide range of colors to choose from: pure white, pyrite silver metallic, platinum gray metallic, racing green, deep black pearl, tourmaline blue metallic, pacific blue metallic and aurora red metallic. Overall, the exterior design of the Volkswagen Atlas evolves around elegance and stylishness for the ultimate driving experience.
Analyzing the safety standards of the VW Atlas
When it comes to safety, this SUV is designed to provide maximum protection for both the driver and passengers. Some of the standard safety features available include forward collision warning, forward autonomous emergency braking, blind spot and pedestrian monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert. Other optional safety modes include lane keep assistance, parking sensors, traffic jam assistance, overhead view camera, and parking steering assistance.
Compared to the 2020 version, this SUV appears to be more advanced and eye-catching. The availability of LED headlights, all-wheel drive, three-bar grille, 21-inch aluminum alloy rims, and the four-cylinder engine explains why the 2021 VW Atlas is superior to the earlier model.
In terms of cost, the official website of Volkswagen values it starting at $31,555 by the time of writing. Volkswagen also provides a suite of products and services for the Atlas, which include: servicing at two years or 20,000 miles, roadside assistance at three years or 36,000 miles, new vehicle limited warranty at four years or 50,000 miles, and Car-Net remote access for five years.
Executive Director, Hillside Imports
Krista Rodriguez is a Portland native working in the automotive industry for the past 18 years. An active member of the community, Krista volunteers within Tigard Tualatin School District and serves as the Treasurer for the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools.