I just purchased my Atlas about two weeks ago. I love the size of the vehicle and for its size, it handles nicely. If I put it in sport mode, acceleration is lively and adequate. In normal mode, acceleration is fine. The technology for the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping is amazing and although it took me a few weeks to figure everything out, it never ceases to amaze. The parking assist features work nicely as well. I use it for commuting in Houston and hauling the family around on weekends. Can't wait to take it on a long road trip. I would highly recommend this vehicle.
My wife and I had been looking for a new SUV for the last few months. I'm a pretty big guy at 6'2" and about 245lbs so spaciousness is a big concern for me. After driving the pathfinder, highlander, 4 runner and pilot nothing compared to the space I have in the Atlas. It's a very comfortable ride and has great features that I've never had in a car before. The lane assist, park assist and ACC work awesome but take a bit of getting used to. The sound system sounds great even without the top of the line Fender system. In addition the apple car play interface works great! My only concern with it is that it doesn't seem to let you search for specific sounds in iTunes unless you have it in a playlist. I may be wrong on this as I've just began to play with it. All in all we have been very happy with the car so far. Time will see how well it's reliability holds up but with VWs 72000 mile warranty on this car we figured it was well worth a try.
First, I love this car, it's comfort, style and maneuverability. It fits my kids and I perfectly and we have really enjoyed it. I also have nothing but great things to say about everyone we have come in contact with at VW. They all have been very helpful. I am however extremely disappointed in the fact that our car has been in the service department twice already. The first time was for loose bolts on the sway bar which caused extreme front in knocking/grinding sounds and rough handling. The second time was for a check engine light that came on. The diagnostic report stated that it had something to do with an air leak to the engine. Currently it is at the dealership for this and I don't have more information yet. I was hesitant to write this review as I generally don't like to comment with negative feedback but thought it would be worthwhile if it helps someone else in making their decision when purchasing a car. My dad purchased this car for us with the hopes that my kids and I would be driving something reliable and safe and unfortunately so far that has not proved to be true. I'm very bummed out about our purchase for this reason.
This is a huge SUV. It seats 7 people comfortably with some space left over for your stuff. Technology is awesome, ACC, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, auto headlights, auto windshield wipers, all work flawlessly. It is the best value for the money out there in the mid-size SUV market right now (June/2017). Since it is a new project, safety ratings should be above average for the class too when IIHS ratings come out.
Could not even imagine that VW produces such cars and has such a poor level of technology and poor level of quality at the factory. My car was bought totally new (16 miles) from the official VW dealership and it has lots of issues, there is almost no exterior panel on my car that wasn?t adjusted or detached after my vehicle left the factory and after they painted it with the brush (I mean the loops). VW of America says that it is ok for them, they call it final adjustments, but I haven?t seen such issues on other VW cars (including Atlas). I ask them to recall my car and to exchange on the same Atlas without such issues but they don?t want to do it. Obviously, loops at the car are the main indicators that something was wrong. I don?t know what I should say to the buyer if decide to sell this car in future, how I should explain why hood, f?ender and doors were detached from my car. Probably this is a pre production vehicle and VW tried to adjust all the procedures and technology of production, but why I should suffer because of that an pay for it. So, if you decide to buy new VW double check it, inspect entire car as it is used already.