2021 Volkswagen Atlas for Sale in West Warwick, RI
Not many three-row, eight-passenger vehicles are able to match the Volkswagen Atlas in terms of spaciousness, practicality, and value. For the upcoming 2021 model year, VW ups the ante with a minor refresh on this popular SUV. This time around, it comes with new front and rear fascias (increasing its length by nearly 3 inches), a new three-bar grille, and revised LED headlights. R-Line models flaunt special badging, a unique body kit, and either 20- or 21-inch rims. Inside the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, there’s a new steering wheel, upgraded stitching on the seats, and a new infotainment touchscreen that’s compatible with the latest VW Car-Net smartphone application. To top it off, every 2021 Volkswagen Atlas – including the ones with the base four-cylinder engine – will now be eligible for all-wheel drive.
Trims and Powertrain
In the three-row utility vehicle segment, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas has an edge over its competitors with its spacious and comfortable cabin and overall upscale design – especially since it got a bit of a refresh for this model year. There are eight trims available: the S, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that yields 235 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s found in the S and SE, as well as the front-wheel drive SE with Technology and all-wheel drive versions of the SEL and SEL Premium. Every other trim has a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 276 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. Both powerplants get the same eight-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard across the range, and AWD is available for the first time.
We’ll run through each of the trim levels and list its important standard features. This way you can get a clearer picture of which one checks off the most boxes on your list so you can better plan your test-drive.
The S has plenty of attractive features. Its appearance is dressed up with 18-inch wheels, a newly designed three-bar grille, restyled LED headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The cabin sets an inviting tone with dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded seat stitching, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium multifunction display, two front USB-C ports, and a 60/40 split-folding second-row seat that allows for easy access to the 50/50 split-folding third row.
The 6.5-inch central touchscreen handles infotainment duties and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth technology with audio streaming, a six-speaker sound system, Car-Net remote services, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. As far as advanced driver aids, the S has forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Automatic post-collision braking and an intelligent crash response system are also provided.
SE with Technology
The SE’s standard-equipment roster has been built up with a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, three additional USB-C charging ports (one in the center and two in the rear), a wireless smartphone charger, simulated leather upholstery, a newly-standard 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, and satellite radio. It also upgrades to tri-zone automatic climate control, letting rear passengers customize their HVAC.
SE with Technology R-Line
Two new driver aids – adaptive cruise control and park distance control with maneuver braking – have been added to this trim from last model year. It also gets 20-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, remote start, and a 115-volt power outlet. The SE with Technology R-Line comes standard with the V6 and has dark gray wheels and R-Line bumpers and badges. Buyers can opt for second-row captain’s chairs (which will reduce seating capacity to seven), a panoramic sunroof, and a Towing Package that raises the vehicle’s towing capacity from 2,000 to 5,000 pounds.
The SEL gets the panoramic sunroof as a standard feature, along with the Towing Package if it’s ordered with the V6. Its other noteworthy features include a digital gauge cluster (Volkswagen Digital Cockpit), a heated steering wheel, position memory for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, integrated navigation, adaptive headlights, and dynamic road sign display.
SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line
These three trims are pretty similar, but we’ll note their differences here. The SEL R-Line gets the SEL’s contents along with the R-Line’s styling improvements and V6 engine. It also shows off 21-inch two-tone wheels. The SEL Premium has the SEL’s features, plus all-wheel drive, ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting, a Fender audio system with 12 speakers, automatic parking assist, and a surround-view camera system. At the top of the range, the SEL Premium R-Line presents a blend of the SEL R-Line’s unique elements and the SEL Premium’s features.
Amenities by Trim Level
The S is provided with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 60/40 split-folding second-row bench seat, a 50/50 split-folding third row bench, and a rearview camera. The SE gets an assortment of new features, such as a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, simulated-leather upholstery, and a wireless charger. The SE with Technology adds 20-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, and remote engine start. Optional equipment for this trim includes second-row captain’s chairs (which reduce seating to seven), a panoramic sunroof, and a towing upgrade that allows for up to 5,000 lb. (V6 models only). The SE with Technology R-Line introduces dark-gray wheels, a restyled bumper and lower door trim, and sporty interior elements.
The SEL includes the panoramic sunroof and towing upgrade if you opt for the V6 engine. Other standard features include a heated steering wheel, memory functions for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, and a power-adjustable passenger’s seat. The SEL R-Line gets the SEL’s content and the R-Line’s styling and V6 engine, and it upgrades to 21-inch wheels. The SEL Premium delivers ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, leather upholstery, and ambient interior lighting. The SEL Premium R-Line blends the SEL Premium’s features and the SEL R-Line’s athletic qualities.
Safety and Technology
To keep you safe on the road, each of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas trims comes with a series of driver-assist features. With the S, this consists of forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The SE with Technology issues adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors, while the SEL receives lane departure warning and adaptive headlights. The SEL Premium tops off with an automatic parking system and a surround-view camera.
The infotainment system in the S has a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, VW’s Car-Net application services, and an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. The SE moves up to an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with voice recognition and adds second-row USB ports. The SEL adds navigation to the mix, while the SEL Premium provides a premium 12-speaker Fender audio system as the cherry on top.
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