VW’s biggest SUV in North America has been around for a while and it will need a replacement in the near future, even though it was refreshed in 2021. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the latest reports suggest the next generation come in a few years. Allegedly, the new model will be mostly about electrification but it won’t come all that soon. The current generation should remain in production for another year or two, which indicates that the 2024 VW Atlas will come without more important changes.
We expect to see a typical carryover model, with familiar design and features. That means that you may count on a good-looking SUV that has a lot of great things to offer, starting from a pretty spacious cabin and generous cargo area. We also like the handling, which feels both refined and engaging. On the other hand, the main complaints go to the subpar interior quality and unimpressive powertrains.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2024 VW Atlas will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2024 VW Atlas Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2024 VW Atlas is about to carry on with a familiar design. This model has been around since 2018 and it rides on the company’s familiar MQB platform. The ride quality is pretty good, especially when it comes to comfort. The ride is smooth but also quite engaging. Moreover, the vehicle is surprisingly maneuverable if we consider its dimensions.
When it comes to styling, the company updated this SUV a few years ago. The SUV receives a new front-end design, with new headlights, a more prominent grille etc. All in all, the current model looks decently attractive and should remain competitive for another few years. Therefore, we don’t believe that the next year’s model could bring more important updates.
The same thing is with the interior design, which is a kind of mixed bag. The main complaint goes to the overall interior quality. Typically for a Volkswagen, the aesthetics aren’t particularly impressive. However, this company usually offers nice materials and good build quality, which isn’t the case with Atlas. Instead, most materials are hard plastics, while the attention to detail could be better as well.
On the other hand, interior space is where this SUV really impresses. With nearly 118 inches in wheelbase, it comes with three quite spacious rows of seats. Even the third row is spacious and functional, which isn’t always the case in the segment of mid-size crossovers. The cargo area is also pretty generous with space. You may count on about 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 55.5 cubic feet with these seats folded and 96.8 cubic feet of the total cargo space. These numbers put Atlas among class leaders.
We don’t expect to see bigger changes in this aspect. Most things should remain the same as in the current model. So, base versions should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 6.5-inch touch screen, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, proximity keyless entry and push-button start. Among available upgrades, expect to find goodies like a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, three additional USB ports, dual- and tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, ambient lighting and a panoramic sunroof.
When it comes to safety features, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Things like parking sensors, surround-view camera, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beams will be offered as options.
2024 VW Atlas Engines
The 2024 VW Atlas will carry on with two familiar powertrain options. Base models will carry on with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 235 horsepower. The engine feels good for daily driving but it’s not particularly impressive on the open road, where it lacks power and refinement. Therefore, you may consider the optional 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 276 horsepower. Driving dynamics are notably better in this case, while the ride is smoother.
Unfortunately, none of these two engines is particularly efficient. The base turbo-four returns around 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, while the V6 is good for about 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Both ratings are subpar for the class.
2024 VW Atlas Release Date and Price
We expect to see that the 2024 VW Atlas will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 35.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Chevy Traverse, Hyundai Palisade etc.