Comparing the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

Atlas vs. Explorer

In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan charged with holding up the celestial heavens for eternity after the Titanomachy. And like the Atlas from Greek mythology, the Volkswagen Atlas is charged with holding you and your family.

The Atlas offers a generous amount of passenger and cargo room. It has a lengthy list of features and user-friendly infotainment system. While this titan of a vehicle is large in size, it handles much more like a smaller vehicle. The Atlas is the perfect marriage, with the space of an SUV, but the handling of a car.

Both the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2019 Ford Explorer rank as two of the most popular choices in the SUV category. New car buyers should compare the available features, price and overall comfort of these 2019 models and decide which one best fits their style and needs.

Let’s take a deeper look at the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas:

Is The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas A Good SUV?

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas isn’t a good SUV…it’s a great SUV! Not only does it offer a generous amount of passenger and cargo room, it also features a very lengthy list of features, including a user-friendly infotainment system. This three row SUV doesn’t handle like the 2019 Ford Explorer or other SUVs. You will find the handling of the Atlas to mirror more like a much smaller vehicle.

Under the Hood & Performance

Under the hood of this VW, you will find a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder that offers 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In turn, you will find the power is more than adequate for most driving situations.

That being said, you may be curious about the Atlas’ gas mileage. With its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the Atlas gets an outstanding EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway. These mpg ratings put the Atlas near the top of the class.

The Atlas offers a gentle ride, even on some of those rough Pennsylvania roads. Despite its size, the handling allows the vehicle to drive smaller than it really is. While not as sporty as some other models in its class, the Atlas remains composed, with only a slight lean around those windy bends in Central, PA.

What’s On the Inside?

The Atlas has a beautiful interior cabin with soft-touch materials and wood accents. This VW seats seven. Cloth upholstery comes standard, along with a third row. All three rows offer both roomy and comfortable seating. The tilting and sliding second row, provides easy access to the third-row seating, where most other SUVs in this class do not offer.

If you are wondering about car seats, this VW is for you. The Atlas features three complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing your child’s car seat in the second row. Third-row seats offer a single tether anchor. These lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, so as not to become bothersome to other passengers when they are seated there.

If you are in need of cargo space, look no further than the 2019 VW Atlas. You will enjoy 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 55.5 cubic feet behind the second row and a total of 96.8 cubic feet behind the front row. The amount of cargo space ranks the Atlas among the class leaders in this SUV category.

The Atlas features a 6.5-inch touch screen, Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit has drawn both critics’ and consumers’ praise. Gone is the typical gauge cluster. The Atlas enjoys a 12.3-inch digital display. The infotainment touch screen is responsive to inputs and there are physical knobs and buttons for controlling additional climate and infotainment settings. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard and is a fantastic added feature.

Is the Atlas Safe?

The Volkswagen Atlas ranks among the best in all safety categories. Each Atlas is engineered with keeping you and your family’s safety as a key component.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Atlas a perfect five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its highest rating of “Good” in all six areas that it tested of the Atlas.

The Standard safety features in the Atlas include a post-collision braking system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

The Verdict Is In

There is A LOT to love about this VW. The 2019 Atlas is a comfortable and spacious SUV that offers an extensive list of connectivity features. It offers easy handling, an intuitive infotainment system and plenty of room for both people and cargo.

Volkswagen stormed onto the pitch with a 7-seater SUV and the Atlas had no problems putting the ball in the back of the net, thanks to its competitive pricing and extensive featured technology. The dash of Euro flair in both design and driving experience only solidify its right to lift the champion’s league trophy, delivering the red card to the 2019 Ford Explorer.

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