2021 Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP range: $31,545 - $50,695
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2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

  • Spacious interior offers ample passenger room in all three rows
  • Great compromise between precise handling and everyday comfort
  • Straightforward, easy-to-use cabin design
  • Lackluster acceleration, even with the optional V6
  • Lower fuel economy than most competitors
  • Restyled front and rear bodywork
  • Upgraded interior appointments
  • Part of the first Atlas generation introduced for 2018

The Volkswagen Atlas was VW's first swing at a three-row midsize SUV, and the automaker knocked it out of the park. Its roomy cabin and comfortable ride helped place it near the top of the pack when it debuted in 2018. But new competitors and a rapidly evolving market mean Volkswagen feels the need to offer some updates to keep the Atlas fresh.

On the outside, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets restyled headlights, bumpers, taillights and a new grille. The interior receives some mild changes such as a new steering wheel and the addition of new driver aids including a system that can scan traffic signs. This latter feature can help you know what the speed limit of the road you're on, even if you didn't see the sign yourself.

Alas, the Atlas is powered by the same engines as before: a turbocharged 235-horsepower four-cylinder and a 276-hp six-cylinder engine. We think Volkswagen missed an opportunity here to add some power under the hood since even the optional six-cylinder lacks the power to get this big SUV moving with any real authority. Overall, though, the 2021 VW Atlas is still a compelling contender among three-row family SUVs.

What's it like to live with?

Want to know even more about the Atlas? Edmunds added a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE with Technology to our long-term road test fleet. Our editors spent a year driving Volkswagen's biggest SUV, racking up more than 20,000 miles. Check out our VW Atlas long-term test coverage to read more about what we learned, from real-world fuel economy to reliability. Note that while the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas differs slightly from our long-term 2018 model, nearly all of our observations still apply.

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The Atlas is a roomy and comfortable three-row SUV. An easy-to-use infotainment system and helpful driver aids are also part of the appeal. Subpar acceleration from both of the Atlas' available engines is a drawback, but overall this is a compelling choice for a family-friendly SUV.
Neither Atlas engine is all that great. The optional V6 engine delivers decent acceleration off the line but runs out of oomph when the Atlas is merging at speed, even with an empty cabin. Our V6-equipped Atlas test vehicle needed 8.5 seconds to cover 0-60 mph, which is slower than many rival three-row SUVs. We also tested the base four-cylinder — surprisingly, that Atlas was quicker, with 0-60 mph coming up in 8.1 seconds.

Otherwise, the Atlas is pleasant to wheel around considering its size. It's composed and stable when going around turns, and the smooth brakes and transmission shifting make this an easy SUV to drive everyday.
The Atlas' front seats lack some adjustability, and the bottom cushions feel a little flat and long, which might be uncomfortable for short drivers. Both back rows recline, and the second row slides and has a slightly firmer middle seat.

The Atlas has a settled ride quality. The suspension absorbs most bumps and road undulations without getting overly floaty. There's some road noise, and the large mirrors generate noticeable wind noise at highway speeds, but it's nothing the audio system can't conceal. The Atlas' climate system is strong and has plenty of heating and cooling capacity.
There's plenty of room in all directions up front, and the second row is wide enough for three adults across. Also the third row fits adults 6 feet or shorter with surprisingly little effect on comfort. The Atlas also gets high marks for its clever sliding second-row seat, with good rear visibility to boot.

It does take some time to become familiar with the Atlas' available digital gauge cluster, but once you're accustomed to it, functionality is wide-ranging. One downside to the touchscreen infotainment system interface is having to look at what you're pressing, which takes attention away from driving.
The Atlas boasts a strong assortment of technology features. The infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capability. The base stereo has pretty good quality, and the optional 12-speaker system on top models boasts impressive sound quality. Voice control is improved over previous versions of the Atlas but remains restricted to pretty basic commands.

A number of driver aids also come standard, and adaptive cruise control handles transitions and maintains gaps well for such a large vehicle. We also like the subtle lane keeping assist. The rearview camera is crisp and provides several viewing options.
The Atlas dominates the midsize SUV competition with 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row and a maximum capacity of 96.8 cubic feet. The flexibility of the manual-folding flat seats is great, and our test SUV also had a hands-free tailgate.

The Atlas offers a good amount of storage space for small items, but there are no obvious storage cubbies for items such as sunglasses or sectioned compartments in the center armrest bin. The second row packs plenty of space, and there shouldn't be any issues fitting a rear-facing car seat there. The second row is also designed to tilt and slide with a seat installed.
The four-cylinder engine is less thirsty than the optional V6. The EPA estimate is 22 mpg combined (20 city/24 highway) with all-wheel drive. On our 115-mile evaluation route, our AWD-equipped test Atlas averaged 23.5 mpg, indicating the rating is accurate. But that still trails some three-row V6-equipped rivals such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.
The Atlas comes in a little pricier than most of its competition at its top trim levels. It balances that by offering plenty of safety and technology features that are effective and easy to use. What doesn't feel worth the price is the lack of horsepower, plus an abundance of hard plastic in the second and third rows. That could be OK, though, if there's a high likelihood of kids sitting in back.

Volkswagen once offered great warranty coverage but has fallen behind recently. Kia and Hyundai offer the best basic warranties by far, and many other crossovers beat the Atlas in powertrain coverage.
The Atlas isn't as fun to drive as a Mazda CX-9 or Honda Pilot, but buyers who don't need sporty abilities will find the Atlas pleasant enough. Our editors have mixed opinions about the Atlas' styling. Some think it looks handsome, especially with the available R-Line enhancements, while others say it doesn't do enough to resemble other models in the VW lineup.

Which Atlas does Edmunds recommend?

We think the SE with Technology trim gives you the best of the Atlas' features while keeping the price reasonable. You can also select the panoramic sunroof and second-row captain's chairs if you desire, or check the box for the R-Line package, which gives the Atlas a sporty appearance. Acceleration from the four-cylinder and V6 engines is similar, so there's little reason to upgrade to the V6.

Volkswagen Atlas models

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize three-row SUV sold in eight trim levels. It is powered by your choice of two engines, though their availability across trims is quite confusing.

The base engine is a turbocharged 235-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It comes standard on S and SE levels, plus the front-wheel-drive SE with Technology and all-wheel-drive versions of the SEL and SEL Premium. All other configurations are powered by a 276-hp V6. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

S
Standard features of the base Atlas S include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • A 60/40-split second-row bench seat and 50/50-split third-row bench
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • In-car Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Volkswagen's Car-Net app services

The S also comes with these safety features:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

SE
The SE adds a host of convenience features, including:

  • Power liftgate
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Power driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Second-row USB ports
  • Manual rear window sunshades
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Voice controls
  • Wireless charging pad

SE with Technology
The SE with Technology primarily adds driver assistance features, but a few other extras are included as well:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Remote engine start
  • Household-style power outlet
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Atlas and the car in front)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)

There are several options packages starting at this level, including:

  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Towing package with 5,000-pound towing capacity (V6 models only)

SE with Technology R-Line
This trim comes standard with the V6 engine. It also adds:

  • Dark gray wheels
  • Restyled bumpers and lower door trim
  • Sporty interior accents

SEL
The SEL builds off the SE with Technology trim. A panoramic sunroof is standard at this level, as is the Towing package when you opt for a V6 engine. Other add-ons include:

  • Digital instrument panel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Power passenger seat
  • Navigation system
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)

SEL R-Line
The SEL R-Line essentially marries the SEL trim with the R-Line's styling upgrades and standard V6. It also includes 21-inch wheels.

SEL Premium
The SEL Premium is the most feature-packed Atlas available. It starts with SEL content and all-wheel drive, then adds:

  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 12-speaker Fender premium audio system
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with no driver intervention)
  • 360-degree camera (gives you a top-down view of the car for tight parking situations)

SEL Premium R-Line
This top-of-the-line trim pairs the SEL R-Line's upgrades with SEL Premium's features.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.

Average user rating: 4.0 stars
17 total reviews
5 star reviews: 64%
4 star reviews: 5%
3 star reviews: 7%
2 star reviews: 11%
1 star reviews: 13%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Lots of Space and No Wind Noise
Dan,
SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I've owned dozens of cars and SUVs. The VW Atlas is a great choice for families who have taller children but don't want a domestic brand SUV or full size gas guzzler. Is the Atlas the best mid-size SUV? No, not really. The Palisade and the Telluride are better. However, the Atlas has more room in the third row and the trunk once all the seats are up and being used. If you like VW's simplistic cabins this is the one for you. I like the fact that the climate controls and the gear shift are the same as all the other cars of past. It still looks great. Let's talk dollar for dollar options. I bought a 2.0 SE with Tech, 4Motion, and sunroof. With all the discounts you get a vehicle that is cheaper with more options than all the other brands. Hyundai and Kia are still selling for more than sticker. Also, the Hyundai and Kia lower models don't have nice big wheels or a power trunk... this is worth money right there. The Atlas drives very will if not a bit harsh over rough pavement... this is true. I drove a Palisade for a week and it was much smoother. HOWEVER... like all Hyundais I've owned in the past, the Palisade becomes very boring to drive. Not sure why, but all VWs are much more entertaining to drive. So, for a car that you can get for around $37k this Atlas has nice features such as a huge moonroof, latest safety tech plus radar cruise, power trunk, Android and Apple car play, perforated fake leather seats, and automatic wipers (that's a nice touch). On paper the Hyundai and Kia might be cheaper, but in reality as of right now that 's not the case. Like I said, we have 4 kids who are all older and taller. We have a minivan for long trips, but they all fit fine in the Atlas which you can't say about most of the other Brands. Trunk space is also good for and SUV. You can cram 5 board cases in the trunk plus a small duffel bag. However, it's still not enough for a road trip of any length. It's fine though if you have less than 6 people. Gas mileage and engine performance are good... not great. I bought the 4 cyl since it had more torque in everyday driving and I don't have to tow anything....oh yes it's cheaper too. So, both engines are about the same quickness. The V6 does sound better at low RPM. The 4 cyl shifts less even on the HWY. Gas mileage is about 18 in town and 22 on the HWY. That's about as good as it gets. The V6 didn't do any better when I had it as a rental car. I started putting premium gas in my Atlas and I swear I can feel a power and response difference. But most people might not. The steering is very light...almost too light, but it's not a deal breaker. Oh yes... this car generates NO wind noise. It's almost limo like when on the open road. Doesn't matter how hard the wind blows, there is almost no noise. Overall this is a great family car. I've only had it 3 months but so far no issues of any kind. Bluetooth works fine and all the other gadgets work well. So far so good.
5/5 stars, One Week of Ownership Atlas SEL
rtw21288,
V6 SEL 4MOTION 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Just purchased an Atlas SEL. So far a very smooth ride. We are coming from a 2012 Honda CRV, and the room and storage space is night and day. Captains chairs are a must I feel if using the third row often. Wider and more seating room than Highlander. Quieter and more refined than the Explorer. Many prefer the Palisade and Telluride, but we honestly got better rebates and incentives going with Atlas. We just took a 600 mile road trip and averaged a little bit over 22 mpg. Time will tell on durability and reliability, but so far so good.
3/5 stars, Nice but too bulky -and dealers are terrible
Cumming Buyers,
SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Love VW products, but this car is simply too bulky in the front. But worse, the dealers are terrible and caused us to cancel our purchase. We decided on a dark green with brown interior with certain options, which required options. None of the dealers wanted to order a car. Their 200% focus was to flip us to take a car from inventory. Then, the advertised VW special financing never applied to what we wanted. We were planning to pay cash and have excellent credit, do we know that wasn’t the reason - and we never got that far. It was the worse experience we ever had buying a car. VW needs to upgrade their dealers or they will never achieve higher sales.
5/5 stars, Would Buy Again! 2021 SEL PREMIUM 4 MOTION
shineykate,
SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
The VW Atlas has both the roominess I need and the luxury of German engineering with style. SO MUCH STYLE! (*I've owned a Jeep Commander and a BMW X3 - neither even compare to the Atlas.) I love looking at the Atlas as much as I love driving it and I've never felt like that about any vehicle I've ever owned. I read 10M reviews before deciding to test drive and ultimately purchase a brand new Atlas in December of 2020. I had read about horsepower being an issue, but I have always felt like it was zippy for as large as it is. It's obviously not a sportscar and while it doesn't ignite like one, it's incredibly smooth on the road and quiet. I can't say enough good things - I plan on driving it forever!

2021 Volkswagen Atlas video

SPEAKER 1: The Acura NSX is a high tech super car that uses hybrid technology to create an exhilarating driving experience. But have you ever wondered what it would be like if it had four doors and the drivetrain was backwards? Well, wonder no more, because this is the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Up front, the RLX receives a new hood. It receives a new front end and new grill that inherits Acura's new styling language, the thing that you're seeing on the MDX and NSX. It retains the Jewel Eye headlights, but it gets new head light pods that include some LED turn signals and LED daytime running lights. You also get this new chin spoiler that ties into the side skirt. You have new 19-inch wheels. Got a hybrid badge, in case you forget you bought a hybrid. And around back you have all-LED tail lights that are a new design with a new rear end look. Now, mechanically this car is related to the NSX, because it takes the electric motors that drive the NSX's front wheels and sticks them in the back to help guide the car through turns. It takes the V6 that the NSX had in its middle, replaces it with seats, and sticks the V6 under the hood where it's assisted by another electric motor and drives the front wheel. The whole thing makes 377 horsepower and returns 28 miles per gallon, which isn't bad. If you are a Japanese car nerd or an '80s and '90s luxury car nerd, you remember the Acura Legend. In the mid '80s, when Acura was still a very new car company, Honda brought the Legend Sedan over. And it was an important car for them, because it both helped define what Acura could be in terms of a luxury car company. It was also the first V6 in a production Honda car. The Legend eventually became the Acura RL, and the Acura RL eventually became this, the Acura RLX, which is actually going to be the Legend in Japan. Over the life of the RL and the RLX, the criticisms levied against this car have remained pretty consistent. It doesn't have a V8. It's not a rear-wheel drive. It's not quite as luxurious feeling or as sporty or as exciting to look at as some of its German competitors. With this refresh, Acura is hoping to address some of those concerns and make this a car that stands up a little better against its European competition. For 2018, Acura updated the interior, making some tweaks to the design and improving some of the material quality. So all the touch points feel pretty premium. It's a quiet interior. These new seats are comfortable. In the Sport Hybrid they're heated and cooled. You get a full suite of driver aids and active safety features. There's a lot of content in this car. The overall design doesn't have quite the same wow factor as the more recently redesigned E-Class or 5 Series. This infotainment system really lags behind the competition. The two-screen setup makes sense in some situations. It's nice to be able to look at your GPS directions and be able to change radio stations or adjust the music or whatever else. But the interface isn't very user friendly. The voice controls don't work super well. And it's just not as fully featured as the offerings from some competitors. So the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid works a little differently from other luxury hybrid cars. You get a V6 engine up front that's coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission that has an electric motor attached to it to help boost the power from the V6. Where the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive comes in is this car takes the electric motors that in the NSX drive the front wheels, and moves them to the back. So each of the rear wheels in this car has an electric motor that can provide power to it. And that means that when you're going through turns, it really helps push the car around. And for as big and heavy a car as this is, that means that it corners really competently. And I mean it just goes on these twisty roads. So in the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, in normal mode, at low speed, it will actually crawl along just using the electric motors. And in this car, when the gas engine kicks in during normal driving, it's actually pretty smooth. It's pretty unobtrusive. The one place where it's noticeable is if you're at a stop and the car decides that it needs to kick the engine on to charge the batteries. And that's when you sort of feel the engine start up and you hear it running so that the batteries can get juice. The RLX suspension is actually really nice. It absorbs small imperfections in the road really well, and it provides a pretty comfortable ride that I like a lot. It does-- On some road features you get bounce out of it, and that makes it feel a little unsettled. But that doesn't actually affect the performance that much. As much as some of the competitors have more controlled body roll and a ride that feels a little more buttoned down and connected, the RLX, thanks to this Sport Hybrid system, is surprisingly capable. It's really its own sort of fun. I think it's a different fun from the German sedans. It's that feeling of a big comfy sedan that just somehow magically will push itself around a corner faster than you would expect. The RLX's back seat is pretty spacious. There's a lot of leg room here, and I'd say headroom is average for the class. It's what I'd expect. The seat itself is comfortable, and it's heated as well. You get this power rear sunshade and this tricky side-- Yeah, look at that. That's almost as fun as driving the car. Not. The other thing they did for 2018 was they reduced the size of the battery, which means that the trunk has gotten slightly larger. It's still not as practical as a non-hybrid car. The rear seats don't fall down and there's no pass through, so you're definitely giving up a little bit of practicality here. Unlike some of my coworkers, I'm not terribly concerned with the outward appearance of a car. I figure once you're inside driving, you don't have to look at it. So I'll leave that up to you. On the inside, it's comfortable. It's quiet. It's quick. And it's surprisingly capable. It doesn't have quite the wow factor in here that you get from the newest generation of something like an E-Class or 5 Series. And this infotainment system is definitely just behind what's available in the class. The other thing they've done that's smart is they've reduced the cost of the Sport Hybrid trim by $4,000 for 2018. This car comes basically fully equipped, and it undercuts the cost of its competitors pretty significantly. I think that's a smart move for them, and It will make this car a little more competitive on the market. I like this car. It's a kind of fun that I appreciate, and I like the comfort that you get here. The drivetrain is an impressive piece of technology, and it works really well in the real world. But there's no denying that the impression from the inside is that this car is just a little behind the curve when you look at the competitive class. We're looking forward to getting this car back to the office so we can do a full test on it and tell you all about it. For more information, check out edmunds.com to find our full rating and review of the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, but since the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$31,545
MPG & Fuel
21 City / 24 Hwy / 22 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.6 gal. capacity
Seating
7 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 235 hp @ 4500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 198.3 in. / Height: 70.0 in. / Width: 78.3 in.
Curb Weight: N/A
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 20.6 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Atlas safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitor
Alerts you with visual and audible warnings if other vehicles are in your blind spot.
Park Distance Control
Alerts you if you are approaching an object in front of or behind the Atlas while parking.
Lane Keeping System
Sounds an alert when you drift from your lane due to inattention and can automatically steer to help out.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Volkswagen Atlas vs. the competition

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot

Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is one of our favorite midsize three-row SUVs. It isn't as spacious as the Atlas, but the Pilot makes up for it with a premium cabin design and a more dynamic feel from behind the wheel. If you want to learn more about a Pilot of this generation, you can read our long-term road test.

Compare Volkswagen Atlas & Honda Pilot features 

Volkswagen Atlas vs. Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride was a newcomer last year, but it quickly won us over. Roomy, comfortable and chock full of features, the Telluride offers everything you want in a three-row SUV at a price that undercuts rivals by thousands. With no real faults, it's our top-rated vehicle in its class. If you want to learn more about a Telluride of this generation, you can read our long-term road test.

Compare Volkswagen Atlas & Kia Telluride features 

Volkswagen Atlas vs. Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is the newest member of the Atlas family. The Atlas Cross Sport is essentially a two-row version of the Atlas that has a coupe-like rear roof to give it a sportier appearance. The Atlas Cross Sport's reduced weight makes it feel a little more fun to drive than the standard Atlas, but the two SUVs are otherwise very similar.

Compare Volkswagen Atlas & Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport features 

FAQ

Is the Volkswagen Atlas a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Atlas both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. You probably care about Volkswagen Atlas fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Atlas gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Atlas has 20.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen Atlas. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas:

  • Restyled front and rear bodywork
  • Upgraded interior appointments
  • Part of the first Atlas generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Volkswagen Atlas reliable?

To determine whether the Volkswagen Atlas is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Atlas. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Atlas's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Atlas and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Atlas is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Volkswagen Atlas?

The least-expensive 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,545.

Other versions include:

  • SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $48,995
  • SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $44,195
  • SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $40,195
  • SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $38,295
  • SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,595
  • SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $34,895
  • SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $42,295
  • SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $36,795
  • SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $39,695
  • S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $31,545
  • SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $42,395
  • S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $33,445
  • SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $36,895
  • SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $38,795
  • SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $47,195
  • SEL Premium R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $50,695
  • SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $45,895
  • SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $43,995
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What are the different models of Volkswagen Atlas?

If you're interested in the Volkswagen Atlas, the next question is, which Atlas model is right for you? Atlas variants include SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Atlas models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Overview

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is offered in the following submodels: Atlas SUV. Available styles include SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL Premium R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Atlas 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Atlas.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas?

2021 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,045. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,737 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,737 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,308.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 11.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,725. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,861 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,861 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,864.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,860. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,769 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,769 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,091.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 10.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 65 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,670. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,163 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,163 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,507.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 11.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 14 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,675. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,051 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,051 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,624.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 10.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 69 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,519. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,185 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,185 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,334.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 10.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,619. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,346 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,346 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,273.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 10.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 105 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,415. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,455 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,455 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,960.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 10.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Volkswagen Atlases are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Volkswagen Atlas?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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