Crossovers being the latest trend in family vehicles are dominating the automotive market for the last few years. Among them, the most popular variety are the three-row crossovers, that are master in hauling people, loading their cargo items and towing heavy weight at their trailers. The Volkswagen Atlas is one such crossover SUV that comes from this category of crossovers, and automatically has raised people’s expectations to a certain level, not only because of its claimed body style, but also because of the brand name it associates with. So, will it be able to meet your expectations with all its current features and driving abilities? Let us take the opinion of a famous auto critic, regarding this, whom we met at the Taft Volkswagen dealer.
New Additions for the Year 2021
The year 2021 gave the Volkswagen Atlas not only a bright new face, but also good performance tweaks that helped the three-row crossover transform into a prominent roadster. The changes done to the design includes a new front grille holding the brand name of Volkswagen upright that automatically gets highlighted with the newly integrated headlights.
Changes are also seen at the front and rear bumpers in their newly structured shapes that increased the overall length of the crossover by 2.4 inches. Inside, all the cabins of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas models, it is only the instrument controls and the steering wheel that show some slight changes with more refined and serious look. A wireless charging pad also gets included in the list of newly installed features that lies below the center instrument console, as an available feature, you can think of.
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets safer with an enlarged list of safety features that come integrated with many of its driver assistance features. All these technologies work together in preventing the crossover from facing any collision, because of wrong driving decisions and lack of visibility. For example, the adaptive cruise control feature helps the 2021 Volkswagen atlas from increasing its speed, when it is following a vehicle in the traffic queue. The feature enables the engine with a stop-and-go capability. Then the lane-assist camera that aids the driver with wider range of visibility prevents him from taking the wrong drive lane and diverting from his original lane. A traffic-sign recognition system, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert join the team as standard features, on all 2021 Volkswagen Atlas models.
Here we must not forget to mention that the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas now acquires a higher towing capacity of 5,000-pounds and does its job well when duly fitted with a dealer-fitted towing hitch. This power it derives from either a 235-horsepower making turbocharged four-cylinder engine or from the V6 counterpart that can raise 276-horsepower. Both the engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that acts with lightening speed, and accuracy and eases out the driving with its seamless shifts. The standard drivetrain of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is offered as available.
All this make the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas a well-rounded crossover SUV that did really meet our expectations of one, when we went to shop for a three-row crossover SUV model at the Volkswagen dealer Taft.