A Breakdown of the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas and Why It’s the Perfect Summer Vehicle

May 9th, 2022 by

2022 VW Atlas in the dessert at dusk

And How to Test Drive One at Your Local Volkswagen Dealer at VW Clear Lake

If you’ve been looking high and low for the perfect SUV to roll into summer with, then look no further than the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas.

Of course, it’s spacious with plenty of room for passengers and cargo just as you’d expect from an SUV, but it also has plenty of style and sophistication to make every drive an upscale experience. The VW Atlas is also a Consumer Reports recommended vehicle, scoring top marks in performance, comfort, and convenience.

Sizing Up the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas

There are five different trim levels to choose from for this year’s model of the VW Atlas. Each one will have its own distinct design elements, feature package, and performance specs. For the sake of comparison, let’s look at both the VW Atlas SE (the entry-level trim) and the VW Atlas SEL Premium R-Line (the highest trim level).

2022 VW Atlas SE
Starting MSRP: $34,335
Engine: SE 2.0L Turbo 8-speed Auto with Tiptronic
Transmission type: Automatic
Fuel economy: 21 city/25 highway
Drivetrain: FWD
Horsepower: 235 (using premium gasoline)*
Torque: 258 lb-ft.*
Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs./up to 5,000 lbs. (depending on configuration)
Cargo volume: up to 96.8 cubic ft. (with seats folded down)
Wheel diameter: 18”

*The VW Atlas SE can be upgraded to SE with 4MOTION® 2.0L Turbo 8-speed Auto with Tiptronic engine, which would improve performance.

2022 VW Atlas SEL Premium R-Line
Starting MSRP: $51,505
Engine: 4MOTION® 3.6L V6 8-speed Auto with Tiptronic
Transmission type: Automatic
Fuel economy: 17 city/23 highway
Drivetrain: AWD
Horsepower: 276
Torque: 266 lb-ft.*
Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs./up to 5,000 lbs. (depending on configuration)
Cargo volume: up to 96.8 cubic ft. (with seats folded down)
Wheel diameter: 21”

When it’s all said and done, the VW Atlas SEL Premium R-Line includes a much more powerful engine, which is perfect for those who plan on towing boats or trailers. However, the VW Atlas SE is better in the price and fuel economy department. Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll get plenty of storage, a third row of seating, and ample power under the hood.

Other Notable Features on the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas

What’s great about the VW Atlas is that you’re going to get one of the industry’s best SUVs, regardless of the trim level you select. When the engineers and designers conceived this vehicle, they made sure it brought safe and intelligent driving to the next level.

For instance, https://www.vwofclearlake.com/new-vehicles/atlas/IQ.DRIVE comes standard on all trims of the VW Atlas. Think of this feature as your extra set of eyes that’s constantly scanning your perimeter for potential hazards and assisting you when needed. IQ.DRIVE includes:

  • Travel Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Active Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Front Assist
  • Emergency Assist (automatic transmission only)
  • Lane Assist

myVW is another standard offering that comes with all VW vehicles. This handy app features commands and notifications that make Atlas ownership convenient and easy. It includes:

  • Routine maintenance and service reminders
  • Request for roadside assistance
  • Remote locking and unlocking
  • Vehicle alerts
  • Last parked location (great for stadiums and big parking lots)

Carefree Coverage Comes Standard on All New VW Vehicles

When you buy a new VW Atlas (or any new Volkswagen), it comes with one of the automobile industry’s best warranties – Carefree Coverage. It breaks down as follows:

2 yrs. Service – Scheduled Carefree Maintenance (2 years or 20,000 miles)
3 yrs. Help – Roadside Assistance (3 years or 36,000 miles)
4 yrs. Coverage – New Vehicle Limited Warranty (4 years or 50,000 miles)
5 yrs. Access – myVW Remote Access

When you visit the VW service center for maintenance or repairs, Carefree Coverage will appear in your records, making the process simple and easy.

We Have the All-New Volkswagen Atlas at VW Clear Lake

Now that you know more about the power, storage, and safety features the VW Atlas has to offer, the next step is to arrange a test drive. That’s the only real way to know for sure if this SUV is going to be your perfect summer vehicle. You can test drive the Atlas by coming down to the VW Clear Lake dealership directly at 15100 Gulf Fwy. in Houston.

If it turns out the VW Atlas isn’t the right fit for you, we have plenty of other SUVs in stock like the VW Atlas Cross Sport, the VW Tiguan, and our subcompact option, the VW Taos. With all these options available, we’re sure to find the perfect VW SUV for you and your family.

Are you looking for a Volkswagen for sale? At VW Clear Lake, we have plenty of used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles that have undergone a 100+ point inspection. Additionally, we’re always running great deals on VW products and services in our specials section.

To get in touch with the team at VW Clear Lake, call (832) 432-7969, or email us using the contact form on our website.

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