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First Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen may be somewhat late to the threerow crossover celebration–OK, a lot late. But if our first spin in the '18 Atlas SUV is any indication, it's arrived competitive and baked. The company crossover is the Volkswagen constructed on the Audi TT sports car — as well as the MQB platform, which underpins everything in the Golf into the Europeanmarket Passat from the States and the vehicle. If there was any question about the platform's versatility, the difference in wheelbase between those cars as well as the Atlas (a delta of more than 18 inches) answers it.

It's easy to see why VW references Explorer Both are the exact same size outside, but the Atlas feels a bit more roomy inside. Even if SAE measurements do not reflect it, the Atlas has an airy, spacious feel that mirrors VW hatches and sedans as opposed to the ensconced feel of several crossovers, and cottage appointments are VWfamilial, just scaled up to dimension L. There is a whole lot of space in the sliding middle row and adultusable third row, with walkthrough distance that rivals minivans to get back there.

You'll find a 235hp, turbocharged 2.0L I4 in frontwheel drive or a 276hp V6 with optional or front allwheel drive, all using an eightspeed automatic. The system echoes that found in Alltrack and Golf R, adding drive when front slide is detected, up to a 50/50 torque split.

The console mode dial chooses onroad, snow, and offroad modes, with snowmuting answers for enhanced traction and offroad enabling hill start assist (HSA), hill descent control (HDC), centre diff locking, and much more wheel slip for loose surfaces. There is also a custom offroad setting, giving choices in powertrain programming in the mode, HDC, diff lock, and HSA. Those options are normal, eco, sport and person, although you want the steering effort but desire transmission response and crisper throttle.

Our vulnerability came on streets that were frozen–paved rather than–with curves and a few gradients added together with warmweather backcountry highways in Texas, for good measure. In the event you pushed almost difficult, you could invoke equilibrium control, but the Atlas went where concentrated on snow, ice, slush, or wet pavement. The ride is comfortable and composed. It is not the lumbering while it isn't the SUV on the marketplace. The Atlas is moderately enjoyable to operate in game or offroad modes, but it is set up rather. The fuel economy of the vehicle will be tanked by running time, but it ups the pleasure. Your mileage may vary.

Steering is light at maneuvering weights and speeds with vigor or pace, but game mode feels heavy without adding comments. Brake pedal feels permitted bite or application without difficulty.

Ride quality, at least with a few adults on board, was great on rural paths serving up the range of bumps, ruts, holes, and overall roughness streets are called by some cities. You won't wish to stick to a Trailhawk or Discovery while the suspension travel and electronictraction aids suggest it will deliver offhighway crossover functionality. The Atlas hauling the kids to Scout camp instead of hard offroading or is designed for a weekend ski trip. Roll and body movement are not absent, and it seems more like a Alltrack compared to more hefty–and more hefty feeling–Touareg. More bent toward preserving driver involvement and dynamics than isolating and rubberizing any input that was upsetting. With the SEL Premium with 4Motion being the top dog passengers enjoy a cottage in most trims. We noticed trim level sounddeadening, and the sort of road surface we were around. In any event, it was somewhat frustrating. Stepping up to the SEL Premium is the only way to get LED taillights leather seats, and the Fender system.

We were pleased. It performed admirably in all states, and it fits in with its brethren in the threerow SUV class. Volkswagen owners will appreciate the intimacy, and those not in the household will find Atlas to be a choice. It is said that good things are worth the wait, and that is proven by Atlas. If you are interested in buying truck toolbox for ford ranger, go to uws dog box.