2020 Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP range: $31,545 - $49,195
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MSRP$32,949
Edmunds suggests you pay$28,455

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Review

  • Spacious interior offers ample room for passengers in all three rows
  • Great compromise between precise handling and everyday comfort
  • Straightforward cabin design makes everything easy to use
  • Not very quick to accelerate, even with the optional V6
  • Lags some competitors in fuel economy
  • VW's Car-Net communications system and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot now standard
  • Other minor revisions to standard feature availability
  • Part of the first Atlas generation introduced for 2018

The midsize three-row SUV has become the de facto choice for growing families, and there is no shortage of choices. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gets high marks in Edmunds' rankings and will undoubtedly meet expectations for hauling people and cargo. Most notably in its list of strengths is space. Adults will have plenty of room in all three rows, and the cargo capacity is as usable in real life as its impressive figures on paper suggest.

In its third year of production, the VW Atlas gains a few more standard features that trickle down from last year's options list. But otherwise it returns unchanged. That should help it in the value category since the Atlas can be a little more expensive than some rivals, especially when you get into the top-of-the-line models. Not helping matters are its middling fuel economy estimates that don't come with any appreciable gains in power from the merely adequate V6 engine.

Were it not for these somewhat forgivable drawbacks, the family-friendly 2020 VW Atlas would probably be a greater threat to the three SUVs that outrank it in the class. As it stands, we recommend checking out the competition alongside the big VW. These include our class favorite Kia Telluride and related Hyundai Palisade, followed by the Honda Pilot. 

What's it like to live with the Atlas?

Want to know even more about the Atlas? Edmunds added a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE 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 2020 Volkswagen Atlas differs slightly from our long-term 2018 model, nearly all of our observations still apply.

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The Atlas tops Volkswagen's lineup in size. It's impressively roomy, and it earns high marks for passenger comfort and cargo-carrying utility. A lack of power is the only significant drawback to this big three-row crossover SUV.
With the exception of a horsepower deficit, the Atlas is a pretty pleasant crossover to wheel around, especially considering its size. The optional V6 engine delivers decent acceleration off the line, but it feels just barely adequate when merging at speed, even with an empty cabin. Our V6-equipped Atlas test vehicle needed 8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing start, which is slower than many of its rivals.

As much as the direct steering helps the Atlas feel nimble, it's no athlete. Sure, its ultimate handling grip is above average, but mostly it feels heavy and resistant to midcorner adjustments. The Atlas is great to wheel around town. Just don't expect agility on curvy roads.
The Atlas is well suited to long-distance trips. The 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.

Ride comfort is pretty nice. The ride feels settled and not floaty, and most small or large bumps will go unnoticed. There's some road noise, and the large mirrors generate wind noise at highway speeds, but it's nothing the audio system can't conceal. The V6 engine thankfully makes a pleasant noise when you rev it out.
Space, space, space! That's what the Atlas is all about. 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 VW's Digital Cockpit instrumentation, 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 shows strong on the technology front starting at the SEL Premium trim level. The optional Fender audio system delivers great sound and tons of bass. The voice control system had a difficult time understanding our commands, and functions are limited to the usual navigation, audio and phone commands. Even simple tasks such as requesting a satellite radio station were a hassle.

The adaptive cruise control maintained a really small gap for such a big car, and the lane keeping assist is subtle but effective. The rearview camera system provides crisp, clear images on the infotainment system, which is handy for parking.
If you value utility, the Atlas could rise to the top of your list. The Atlas dominates the midsize segment competition with 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row and a maximum of 96.8 cubic feet. The flexibility of the manual-folding flat seats is great, and our tester also had a hands-free tailgate.

The Atlas offers a good amount of storage space for small items, but there are no clear 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.
At 19 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway) with the V6, the Atlas is thirstier than a lot of other three-row crossovers. We averaged an underwhelming 17.3 mpg over 800 miles of testing, with a best tank of 18.8 mpg. Rivals such as the Honda Pilot and Kia Telluride are typically more efficient by 2-3 mpg.
At the top trim levels, the Atlas comes in a little pricier than most of its competition. What doesn't feel worth the price is the engine's lack of horsepower. Also, the cabin's build quality is a mixed bag. Up front, the top-tier Atlas feels like a near luxury car, but everything to the rear is composed of more durable hard plastic. That could be OK, though, if there's a high likelihood of kids sitting in back.

For 2020, Volkswagen has reduced the length of its previously excellent warranties. But what you get is still a little better than the industry average.
When it comes to driving the Atlas, we'd describe it as pleasant rather than fun. The advanced driving aids also shoulder a lot of the burden of slogging through traffic. But the Honda Pilot equipped with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and the Mazda CX-9 are more fun to wheel around.

Which Atlas does Edmunds recommend?

We suggest checking out the SE with Technology trim in the 2020 VW Atlas lineup. It finds a good balance of price and features, especially when you factor in the standard advanced safety items. On top of that, you can add the optional V6 and all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen Atlas models

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is offered in seven trim levels: S, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line and SEL Premium. The base S, SE, SE with Technology, and SEL come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (235 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque). Those trims are eligible for a 3.6-liter V6 engine (276 hp, 266 lb-ft) that is standard on other versions of the SUV. Front-wheel drive is standard, and V6 models can be ordered with all-wheel drive (standard on the SEL Premium). Every Atlas uses an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Base Atlas S models come with cloth upholstery, a second-row bench, automatic LED headlights, cruise control, dual-zone manual climate control, a rearview camera, Car-Net remote control and telematics, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and Bluetooth connectivity. Standard safety features include forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Upgrading to the SE adds simulated leather upholstery, push-button start, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, rear sunshades, three-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, and the option of second-row captain's chairs. The SE with Technology builds on the SE's equipment list with the addition of 20-inch wheels, remote engine start, a power rear liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Moving up to the SEL adds a panoramic sunroof, a power-adjustable front passenger's seat, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded touchscreen display with navigation, and a multifunction digital instrument panel.

Both the SE with Technology and the SEL are available with the R-Line upgrade, which adds the hands-free liftgate and the parking sensors, along with unique bumpers, side skirts, badging, 20-inch wheels and interior trim.

The top-of-the-line SEL Premium adds 21-inch wheels, standard all-wheel drive, automatic high-beam headlights, power-folding mirrors with puddle lights, full leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a 12-speaker Fender sound system, a 360-degree surround-view parking camera and an automated parking system.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.

Average user rating: 3.7 stars
6 total reviews
5 star reviews: 33%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 16%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 18%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • engine
  • driving experience
  • ride quality
  • technology
  • acceleration

Most helpful consumer reviews

1/5 stars, VW DOES NOT BACK THEIR VEHICLES
RG,
V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Many buyers including myself have had issues with the a sluggish jumpy first to second gear and also an screeching noise many times at low speed acceleration. Based on the VW forums and my own mechanic, this is a faulty torque converter. My screeching noise is getting worse and VW simply states it is normal. Will never lease or buy a VW again! Buyer beware...STAY AWAY as their dealers do not support their customers after the sale.
4/5 stars, A BIG Ride
gmoaintlo,
V6 SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
The suv rides nice and acceleration is tolerable for such a big auto. I like the German styling inside and out. The suv is built like a tank and should last a long time, the styling will allow the Atlas to be timeless.Technology is great. I have only one issue, I wanted the 2019 but there were none available, I loved the previous front end and daytime running lights on the 18 and 19 models and believe the they be classics one day.
3/5 stars, No acceleration
David,
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 4 cylinder model actually had better get-up-and-go than the 6. Both models had significant lag when accelerating from a stop.
5/5 stars, Nice car
Phil,
SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I was a little concerned after reading other reviews that the car would be sluggish or not have power. In just the first couple of days those concerns have been taken away. It does not have the power of a V8, but it has plenty of pick up especially for a four cylinder in this size vehicle. If anything I notice speed will creep up on you due to the smooth ride. Only had the car a couple days though so there will still be lots to learn about it. We are happy with it so far though.

2020 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 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$31,545
MPG & Fuel
20 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 Warning System
Alerts you with visual and audible warnings if other vehicles are in your blind spot.
Post-Collision Braking System
Applies the brakes once the airbags go off to reduce the possibility of further damage or injury after initial impact.
Lane Keeping Assist
Sounds an alert when you drift from your lane due to inattention and can automatically steer to help out.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover15.9%

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

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

Volkswagen Atlas vs. Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is easily the best SUV in this class, and it deserves a spot on your short list. It's easy to see why: It offers a standard V6 engine with plenty of power, a spacious cabin, tons of features and high levels of comfort. The Telluride also represents a strong value since it costs less than most comparably equipped SUVs.

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Volkswagen Atlas vs. Hyundai Palisade

Not surprisingly, the Hyundai Palisade (which is related to the Kia Telluride) is also highly ranked. The Telluride barely edges out the Palisade, which means you can make your decision based on styling preferences without affecting much else. Factor in the lengthy warranty coverage for the Palisade or Telluride, and the advantage over the Atlas increases.

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Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot ranks a very close third place in the class. Like the Atlas and the top-rated SUVs from Kia and Hyundai, the Pilot provides a spacious cabin and comfortable ride, but it also returns better fuel economy and benefits from many smart storage solutions. But it's held back by some overly sensitive safety features and narrow third-row access.

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FAQ

Is the Volkswagen Atlas a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Atlas both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Volkswagen Atlas fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Atlas gets an EPA-estimated 19 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 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas:

  • VW's Car-Net communications system and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot now standard
  • Other minor revisions to standard feature availability
  • 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 2020 Volkswagen Atlas a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Atlas and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Atlas is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?

The least-expensive 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is the 2020 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:

  • S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $31,545
  • SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $38,445
  • SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $46,095
  • S 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,745
  • SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $40,795
  • SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $40,645
  • SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $42,445
  • SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,895
  • SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $44,395
  • SE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,095
  • SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $44,295
  • SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $40,245
  • SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $49,195
  • SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,045
  • SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $34,695
  • SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $42,595
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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 S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and S 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Atlas models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Overview

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is offered in the following submodels: Atlas SUV. Available styles include S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Atlas 3.7 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 2020 Atlas.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Atlas featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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What's a good price for a New 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?

2020 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 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 $32,949. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,494 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,494 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,455.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 13.6% below the MSRP.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 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 $36,294. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,604 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,604 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,690.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 9.9% below the MSRP.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,254. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,401 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,401 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,853.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 13.4% below the MSRP.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,795. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,215 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,215 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,580.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 14.5% below the MSRP.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,689. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $6,489 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,489 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,200.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE w/Technology R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 14.9% below the MSRP.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,419. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $6,164 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,164 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,255.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 13.3% below the MSRP.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 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 $51,509. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $7,653 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,653 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,856.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 14.9% below the MSRP.

Which 2020 Volkswagen Atlases are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?

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