The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas: A Capable Hauler in a Midsize Package

November 17th, 2023 by

It takes a lot to stand out in the competitive segment of midsize SUVs, but the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas manages to do just that. Its interior characteristics and refined performance have earned it some well-deserved accolades, while its surprising power makes it one of the most utilitarian models in the semi-premium market. Let’s examine the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas in-depth and see what makes it both a joyous driving experience and a capable workhorse.

Overview of the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas

The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas is a gas-powered midsize SUV available in four trims, with the following key features:

  • SE: 18-inch alloy wheels, heated/ventilated front seats with V-Tex leatherette surfaces, three-zone automatic climate control, 12-inch center display, exit warning system, and four USB-C ports.
  • SE with Technology: 20-inch alloy wheels, remote start, remote power liftgate, park-distance control, trailer hitch, and six USB-C ports.
  • SEL: 20-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power-adjustable front-seat leather surfaces and driver-side memory, head-up display, 12-inch touch-screen navigation, and adaptive cruise control.
  • SEL Premium R-Line: 21-inch alloy wheels, R-line performance styling, perforated Vienna leather seating surfaces, heated first and second rows, premium audio, and overhead-view camera.

Each trim comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 269 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Atlas measures around 200 inches long and 78 inches wide, so it’s both sizable and easily easily maneuverable in city settings.

2024 Volkswagen Atlas Towing Capabilities

Equipped with the trailer hitch — standard starting with all Atlas trims except the SE — the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, making it one of the top 20 towing SUVs in the midsize segment. To put that in perspective, consider this list of commonly towed items among owners of consumer vehicles, along with their approximate maximum weights:

  • Aluminum or fiberglass boat trailers (10 to 22 feet in length): 1,000 pounds.
  • Single-axle utility trailers (8 to 10 feet in length): 1,000 pounds.
  • Tandem-axle utility trailers (12 to 20 feet in length): 1,500 pounds.
  • Tandem-axle utility trailers (exceeding 20 feet in length): 2,000 pounds.
  • Livestock trailers (16 feet in length): 3,500 pounds.
  • Gooseneck livestock trailers (20 feet in length): 4,000 pounds.
  • Toy haulers (up to 20 feet in length): 5,000 pounds.
  • Campers (up to 30 feet in length: 5,000 pounds.
  • One-, two-, or four-horse horse trailers: up to 5,000 pounds.

As you can see, a vehicle with a 5,000-pound towing is tremendously practical for most purposes outside of the work site. So, if you and your family or friends love taking your vehicle on adventures, the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas would be a terrific choice.

2024 VW Atlas Cabin Space

As mentioned, one of the premier qualities of the 2024 Atlas is its interior characteristics. It’s generous in both capacity and comfort, offering you a luxury environment whether you’re on your daily commute or heading out of town for a weekend adventure.

Passenger Volume

The 2024 Atlas has a total interior volume of 174.6 cubic feet, 154 of which are devoted to passengers. Capable of seating up to seven people, the Atlas offers 41.7 inches of legroom in the front row, 37.6 inches in the second, and 33.7 inches in the third. Given those measurements, it’s one of those rare three-row SUVs whose third row can actually accommodate adults. What’s more, the seating configuration consists of a 60/40-split folding second row as well as an easy-entry 50/50-split folding third row. Second-row captain’s chairs are optional.

Cargo Volume

The cargo area in the 2024 Atlas is among the most generous on the market. It measures 21 cubic feet behind the third row. With that, you could easily fit four medium-size suitcases. Now, if you fold down the third row, the cargo area expands to 56 cubic feet, which could accommodate at least 20 medium-size suitcases. Finally, with the second row folded down, the cargo volume maxes out at around 97 cubic feet, which is enough to carry 38 medium-size suitcases, should the need ever arise.

Interior Features

The interior of the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas is minimalist but elegant, with practical design choices for optimal ergonomics and high-class touches that add to the feeling of luxury.

Around the cabin, you’ll find plenty of storage nooks that will accommodate common items, such as magazines, phones, and books, providing terrific convenience for your passengers. You’ll also find premium materials covering the principal surfaces, such as a soft-touch dash with leatherette trim and leather seat surfaces for higher-level models. Moreover, there are multiple USB-C charging ports so that you and your passengers can keep your electronic devices fully charged on any journey.

In terms of technology, the 2024 Atlas is well equipped. The infotainment system consists of a 12-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, and optional features such as wireless phone charging. There are also some excellent standard safety features, including forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.


The starting MSRP for the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas varies according to your choice of trim.

  • SE: $37,725.
  • SE With Technology: $41,665.
  • SEL: $48,445.
  • SEL Premium R-Line: $52,455.

The price will rise with the addition of any premium options, including but not limited to:

  • Colors such as Opal White or Aurora Red Metallic.
  • Exterior additions such as bike holder attachments or base carrier bars.
  • Interior additions such as custom-fit cloth or weatherproof mats.
  • Alternative configurations such as second-row captain’s chairs.
  • Feature enhancements such as a frameless rearview mirror with an electronic compass and auto-dimming functionality

See the 2024 VW Atlas for Yourself in San Juan Capistrano, California

Because words can hardly do the Atlas justice, we invite you to see it for yourself. At Capistrano Volkswagen, we keep our new vehicle inventory stocked with the latest VW models, including the 2024 Atlas. Reach out to us through our contact page or call our main office at 949-755-8256 to schedule a test drive.

Alternatively, just drop by our dealership at 32922 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano, California. Our sales floor is open seven days a week, and we’re always happy to help our customers find the perfect Volkswagen for their needs.

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