The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas stands as the largest SUV in VW’s lineup, positioned above the compact Tiguan and subcompact Taos crossovers. Equipped with three rows of seating, the Atlas emerges as the perfect family hauler, equally at ease in country club driveways and school parking lots.
This year, the Atlas receives its most notable updates since its major refresh back in 2021. While the exterior receives subtle design tweaks, the most substantial enhancements are found beneath the hood and within the spacious cabin. For those seeking adventure, the lineup welcomes two fresh off-roading variants, namely the Atlas Peak Edition SE with Technology and the Peak Edition SEL with Technology. These models feature rugged tires and distinctive exterior trim, catering to those with a taste for exploration. Most of these refinements bolster the Atlas’ position in a fiercely competitive segment. However, some of the newly introduced tech controls might prove vexing for drivers, particularly the touch sliders that replace certain basic climate control functions.
Nevertheless, the revamped Atlas continues to shine among other three-row SUVs. Its abundant passenger space and capacious cargo capacity hold up well against the acclaimed Kia Telluride. We also challenge it against the redesigned Honda Pilot, which received a clever overhaul last year. The recently launched Mazda CX-90, with its luxury-oriented ambitions, is making waves and is poised to be a formidable competitor once it graces dealer showrooms. For those drawn to a slightly sportier demeanor, the Atlas Cross Sport, a two-row SUV (reviewed separately), presents a leaner look, albeit at the expense of some passenger space. Brimming with ample room for passengers and cargo, the Volkswagen Atlas makes a reliable choice within the realm of three-row SUVs. While most of the 2024 updates are commendable, the introduction of new touch controls might not resonate equally well with every buyer.