2021 Volkswagen Atlas – In-Depth Walkaround – Features, Design, Interior

2021 Volkswagen Atlas – In-Depth Walkaround – Features, Design, Interior

The VW Atlas 7-seat midsize SUV receives a bold refresh and advanced features

Hein Schaefer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing & Strategy for Volkswagen of America, Inc. walks through the facelift of the 2021 Atlas midsize SUV, inside and out.

The refreshed Atlas maintains the same underpinnings of the successful outgoing model, and adds more aggressively-styled front and rear bumpers. Mirroring the Atlas Cross Sport front fascia, a bold three-bar grille extends into the front light signature, creating a more sophisticated presence, while new headlight and taillight designs feature standard full-LED lighting, including low beams, high beams, turn signal indicators, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), and taillights. SEL and SEL Premium models add standard 900-lumen LED headlights with Volkswagen’s Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Automatic headlamps and rain-sensing windshield wipers are standard across the lineup.

Engineered from Volkswagen’s award-winning Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, the refreshed 2021 Atlas is larger than any other vehicle in the Volkswagen portfolio, sitting 200.7 inches long, 78.4 inches wide, and 70.1 inches high. Though its overall height remains the same as the 2020 Atlas, the refreshed Atlas is 2.4 inches longer than before, thanks to restyled front and rear bumpers. Despite its size, the Atlas still offers a low coefficient of drag of 0.34.

Overhead, roof rails are standard—black on entry-level trims, and silver on SEL and SEL Premium models. A large panoramic sunroof, measuring about 4.5 feet by 3 feet, with a two-part glass opening system and powered sunshade, is available on SE w/ Technology models and standard on SEL and SEL Premium models.

At the back, a chromed “Atlas” name strip sits above the newly sculpted rear bumper. A power tailgate is standard on the Atlas SE, while the SE w/ Technology and higher trims add the Easy Open feature. Easy Open works in conjunction with KESSY® keyless access to enable opening of the tailgate with just a kick of the foot below the rear bumper when the key is in range.

The sportier R-Line trims add R-Line badging; unique front and rear bumpers—also restyled for 2021—that incorporate stylish air intakes at the front and a diffusor in glossy black paint at the rear, as well as side skirts, emphasizing the premium profile of the Atlas.

S and SE trims feature standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 245/60 all-season tires, while SE w/ Technology and above models boast 20-inch alloy wheels and 255/50 all-season tires. When equipped with the optional R-Line trim, the SE w/ Technology models feature unique 20-inch alloy wheels. SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line trims receive 21-inch alloy wheels and 265/45 all-season tires. All Atlas models feature 8.0 inches of ground clearance and departure angles of 20.4 and 22.3 degrees (front/rear).

The interior design of the Atlas is classic Volkswagen—clean and functional, with a premium feel. Driver controls are positioned for optimal ergonomics and usability, and simple, driver-centric displays enhance involvement behind the wheel. The seat position, shifter height, and the spacing between the pedals are all designed for maximum driver comfort. With available contrast stitching on the surfaces and door trim as well as a redesigned steering wheel, the 2021 model offers a high-end environment that belies its attainable starting price. Ambient lighting, standard on the Atlas SEL Premium, further highlights this upscale character.

Starting MSRP at $31,545

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  2. Weimin Sun on July 28, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Loving it. Just bought a Racine green se R line 2 hours ago. Can’t wait for the delivery!

  3. boss2528 #1 on July 28, 2022 at 2:33 am

    It looks nice but hmmmm it reminds me of a lambogini urus

  4. Harald Schön on July 28, 2022 at 2:33 am

    World Car of the Year 2020 Kia Telluride – das beste Auto der Welt
    Von den renommiertesten Autojournalisten der Welt wurde der Kia Telluride zum besten Auto des Jahrs 2020 gewählt. Leider ist der Oberklasse-SUV in Europa überhaupt nicht auf dem Markt. Während die anderen europäischen Hersteller ohne Chance blieben, wurde der elektrische Porsche Taycan World Luxury Car und World Performance Car des Jahres.

  5. Abderrahim Skayou on July 28, 2022 at 2:37 am

    Very very nice.Atlas .Moroccan name i love it.

  6. wael pauomi on July 28, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Is it jeep grand Cherokee 2012 with VW lable ?

  7. Weimin Sun on July 28, 2022 at 2:39 am

    It’s an American beauty built by the Germans. 😅 boxy, clean, masculine, a lot of space, full size 3 row seats, huge sunroof. The R line makes it looks like a luxurious car outside. The inside is adequate and clean as well. For under $40k, I am real happy!

  8. Nhân Trần Danh Nhân on July 28, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Too bad they ditched the LED turn signals up front

  9. Wylthon Santos on July 28, 2022 at 2:41 am

    Great presentation it’s nice SUV

  10. Wayne May on July 28, 2022 at 2:43 am

    The chrome and silver on the front looks tacky.

  11. 전모티브 on July 28, 2022 at 2:45 am

    앞모양 코란도투리스모 인줄 ㅋㅋ

  12. Al Chief on July 28, 2022 at 2:46 am

    The old designe was cooler!

  13. mohammad rahman on July 28, 2022 at 2:47 am

    Does the front have led turn signals?

  14. Johnny Bravo on July 28, 2022 at 2:47 am

    More suvs… zzZzzZzZzz

  15. ömer KUCUKADAM on July 28, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Vw armasını sök jeep markasını yapıştır aynı çok fark yok tasarımda kötü olmuş k👎👎👎

  16. doo poo on July 28, 2022 at 2:51 am

    I own a GTI and while my car was in the shop for some work they gave me of these for a rental. 4 motion V6. It’s freakin huge! Did not think it was gonna be that big. Not much personality in driving it, but it gets the job done hauling all your shit around

  17. Don 22 on July 28, 2022 at 2:52 am

    South African presenter but the vehicle isn’t sold outside of north America

  18. Rosegold Beats on July 28, 2022 at 2:53 am

    They ruined the logo, all the depth is gone

  19. Miguel Alfoya on July 28, 2022 at 2:54 am

    It’s good, but I prefer the Touareg, even though here in 🇲🇽 they don’t sell it anymore and BTW in 🇲🇽 they call it VW Teramont 🤷‍♂️

  20. SecureMind on July 28, 2022 at 2:56 am

    G what accent is that?!

  21. Daniel on July 28, 2022 at 2:58 am

    First nos liskes

  22. Jo Kensy on July 28, 2022 at 2:59 am

    No Android Auto!? 😒

  23. badr hamza on July 28, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Very nice car and amazing presentation. Good luck.

  24. Marco Roverman on July 28, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Nice car. I liked it

  25. Carsten on July 28, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Hi. Is the Atlas the european Tuareg ? Interieur vice …the hard plastic is cheap !!!!!! Not good,not good !!

  26. UROZ on July 28, 2022 at 3:01 am

    The presentation is more about "NEW VOLKSWAGEN LOGO" than the Car……😂😂😂😂

  27. Wylthon Santos on July 28, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Really beautiful Volks large Atlas

  28. Wylthon Santos on July 28, 2022 at 3:05 am

    That’s look like bigger than Toureg i guess…

  29. Brad Schertz on July 28, 2022 at 3:11 am

    Great review! We love our 2019 VW Atlas SE with tech and 4motion. We have not had ANY problems with this vehicle and we get so many compliments from people about how beautiful looking it is! Great job VW!

  30. Николай Константинов on July 28, 2022 at 3:13 am

    hello, what mass is pulling

  31. Purple Furture on July 28, 2022 at 3:14 am

    This is the facelift?

  32. ola mide on July 28, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Good day car (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤( ˘ ³˘)♥

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