The interior of the 7-seater Volkswagen Atlas is expectedly spacious. And, if you know the brand well enough, the high quality of the materials and build won't come as a surprise. This is a cabin meant to be enjoyed. Sure, the lower trims levels get more basic accouterments and the design is a bit humdrum, but the materials used are of a high standard. The 3rd row is also genuinely usable, which is a comment we usually reserve for much larger full-size SUVs. That being said, you wouldn't want to seat an adult in the back for a cross-country trip. In terms of technology, the Atlas is well-outfitted with modern conveniences and even a few comforts. A panoramic sunroof is added at SEL level to make the cabin feel more open and a bit more premium.
Depending on whether you opt for a second-row bench or captain seats, the Volkswagen Atlas can accommodate between six and seven passengers. The interior dimensions are generous, but even so, 3rd-row legroom is only just enough at 33.7 inches. The second row is somewhat better at 37.6 inches, while those in the front can enjoy a full 41.7 inches. Headroom is significantly better throughout, thanks to the blocky design of the Altas. From front to back, it measures 41.3, 40.4, and 38.3 inches. A power-adjustable driver's seat is standard, and both front seats are heated. Ventilation for the front seats and heating for the second-row seats are available.
|Volkswagen Atlas Trims||2.0T SE||2.0T SE TECH||V6 SE TECH||2.0T SEL||V6 SEL||V6 SEL R-Line||V6 SEL R-Line Black||V6 SEL Premium R-Line|
|Headroom Front Seat||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||40.4 in.||40.4 in.||40.4 in.||40.4 in.||40.4 in.||40.4 in.||40.4 in.||40.4 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.||41.7 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||61.5 in.||61.5 in.||61.5 in.||61.5 in.||61.5 in.||61.5 in.||61.5 in.||61.5 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||60.8 in.||60.8 in.||60.8 in.||60.8 in.||60.8 in.||60.8 in.||60.8 in.||60.8 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||58.2 in.||58.2 in.||58.2 in.||58.2 in.||58.2 in.||58.2 in.||58.2 in.||58.2 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.|
Since the SE is the new base model for the Atlas, the starting upholstery is now leatherette, presented in Titan Black and Shetland Beige. The SE with Technology and SEL trims add Mauro Brown to the mix. Genuine leather only becomes standard from the SEL Premium. The colors remain the same, but the Shetland Beige and Titan Black get Quartz accents, while the Mauro Brown is paired with Titan Black. A leatherette-wrapped steering wheel makes way for a leather-wrapped item higher up in the range. All R-Line models also have stainless steel pedal caps. Overall build quality is great, and the interior both looks and feels quite premium.
Three-row SUVs don't usually have a lot of cargo space with all the seats in place. In this configuration, the trunk space in the Volkswagen Atlas measures 20.6 cubic feet. This is still fairly decent and enough for mild errand-running. To compete with the two-row SUVs, you'll need to fold down the third row, which gives you access to 55.5 cubic feet. This is more than enough for a month's worth of groceries, as well as all the kids' sports bags. Maximum capacity is accessed by folding down all the seats. This maxes capacity out at 96.8 cu ft.
There are plenty of nooks around the cabin to store smaller items. These include cupholders in the first and second rows, large door pockets in all four doors, a standard glove compartment, and a sizeable cubby under the center armrest.
The VW Atlas is one of the most generous midsize SUVs when it comes to the list of standard features. These include dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry and start, a digital cockpit, heated front seats, and a ten-way power driver's seat. The basic safety systems comprise a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The SE with Technology naturally adds a few features, namely a hands-free power liftgate, a 115-volt power outlet, tri-zone climate control, park distance control, remote start, and wireless phone charger. From the SEL upwards, a panoramic sunroof, side mirror memory, driver-seat memory, and interior ambient lighting are added to the list. New safety features include dynamic road sign display, travel assist, lane assist, emergency assist, and VW Digital Cockpit Pro. The top-tier SEL Premium enjoys heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a surround-view camera, and park assist.
Most models in the Atlas range enjoy a modern and comprehensive infotainment suite. Sadly, the SE inherits the 6.5-inch touchscreen with the old MIB2 software from the outgoing S. Standard capabilities include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, all paired to a six-speaker sound system. The SE Tech upgrades to the eight-inch touchscreen and adds HD Radio, wireless app connect, additional USB-C ports in the front and back, and SiriusXM with 360L. To get the 12-speaker Fender sound system, you have to upgrade all the way to the top-tier SEL Premium. Luckily, even the base system is easy to use, with intuitive menus. But, the larger eight-inch screen is far superior and crisper.