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Trims, Powertrain, and Performance

Four main trims are up for grabs with the redesigned 2024 VW Atlas: SE, SE with Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line. The debuting Peak Edition upgrade is available for the SE with Technology and the SEL; it builds off those trims with all-terrain tires and black accents for an exclusive interior and exterior aesthetic.

The powertrain consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (269 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque) with an eight-speed automatic transmission. While front-wheel drive is standard in the SE and SE with Technology, all-wheel drive (optional for those two trims) is standard in the Peak Edition, SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line. As for towing, this latest Atlas can handle up to 5,000 pounds with the trailer hitch that comes standard starting at the SEL Premium R-Line level.

Fuel Economy

When it’s equipped with FWD, the ’24 Atlas returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Opting for the AWD versions of the SE and SE with Technology will give you slightly lower fuel economy at 19 city/26 highway. While the SEL and SEL Premium R-Line are still quite efficient, they experience a marginal drop of one mile per gallon on the highway. The thirstiest of the pack are the Peak Editions, which return 18 city/24 highway.

Standard and Available Equipment

The SE will get your attention with its standard features, which include proximity keyless entry, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, adaptive LED headlights, a cutting-edge 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, and six USB-C ports. This well-equipped base trim also comes with roof rails, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and perforated V-Tex synthetic-leather upholstery. The SE with Technology adds remote start, an illuminated exterior light bar, a hands-free liftgate, and a 115V power outlet.

Leather upholstery graces the first and second rows of the SEL, which raises the bar with heated washer nozzles, side mirrors with position memory and reverse gear tilt-down, a panoramic sunroof, memory for the driver’s seat, a head-up display, ambient interior lighting, and heated second row outboard seats. The SEL Premium R-Line sprinkles in additional luxury with power-folding side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and upscale Vienna leather upholstery. Second-row captain’s chairs are optional for all but the SE and will reduce seating capacity from seven to six.

Advanced Safety Features

The 2024 Atlas comes with a comprehensive slate of safety technologies known as VW IQ.Drive. These include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane change assist, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention monitoring. The SE with Technology adds front and rear parking sensors, while the SEL introduces an active road sign display and automatic high beams. At the top of the range, the SEL Premium R-Line has automatic parking assist and a surround-view monitor.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system in the SE and SE with Technology has a 12-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Integrated navigation is added at the SEL level, while the SEL Premium R-Line indulges its occupants with a Harman Kardon sound system.


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