If you’re shopping for a full-sized SUV capable of accommodating your family, you have plenty of vehicles to choose from. The Volkswagen Atlas stands out as a great option due to its versatile and spacious cabin, and it has a strong power train that has no problem getting this three-row crossover up to speed. Our Volkswagen experts here at Capistrano Volkswagen took a closer look at the Atlas’ size and how it compares with other SUVs to give you a better idea of its advantages.
Volkswagen Atlas Interior Dimensions
The Volkswagen Atlas’ cabin features three rows of seating with room for up to seven people. All three rows have sufficient room to accommodate adult passengers, and there are LATCH connectors in the second and third rows for installing child seating. Even with a full cabin of passengers, you’ll still have ample cargo area at the rear for your groceries or luggage for a weekend trip out of town.
The Atlas’ front seats are incredibly spacious, so you can relax on long or short trips. You benefit from 41.3 inches of headroom, 41.7 inches of legroom, and a massive 61.5 inches of shoulder room. There’s little chance your front-seat passenger will bump elbows with you when driving in this crossover.
Unlike many crossovers, the Atlas offers over 40 inches of headroom in the second row, making this row ideal for adult passengers. Rear-row passengers benefit from 40.4 inches of headroom, 37.6 inches of legroom, and 60.8 inches of shoulder room.
In many three-row SUVs, the third row is something of an afterthought, or at best a row suitable for kids only. Kids can certainly relax in the Atlas’ third row, but there’s enough space back there to accommodate adults on short trips as well. Third-row Atlas passengers benefit from 38.3 inches of headroom, 33.7 inches of legroom, and 54.9 inches of shoulder room.
When all three rows are occupied, you’ll find 20.6 cu ft of storage at the rear. This should be more than enough to fit three or four suitcases for a longer trip away. If you need to transport bulkier items, you can access over 55 cu ft when you fold the third row flat. When both rear rows are folded down, there’s over 96 cu ft of space behind the front row, which is enough space for you to transport large household items, such as tables or other pieces of furniture.
Volkswagen Atlas Exterior Dimensions
On the outside, the Atlas’ dimensions reflect its roomy cabin while offering a sleeker body frame than many of its competitors. It boasts a wheelbase of 117.3 inches, which is the distance between the front and rear wheels. The Atlas measures 200.7 inches in length and 78.3 inches in width, discounting the mirrors. Volkswagen’s largest SUV measures just over 70 inches to the top of its roof.
Atlas vs. Chevy Tahoe vs. Honda Pilot
Two strong competitors for the Atlas in its class are the Chevy Tahoe and Honda Pilot. Many of their dimensions closely resemble the Atlas’ size, but there are some key differences you should be aware of.
The Chevy Tahoe is a slightly larger vehicle, offering room for eight passengers. However, if you don’t need the extra seat, the Tahoe has bulkier dimensions that may make it harder for you to maneuver around city roads. It’s about 10 inches longer than the Atlas, with a full length of 210.7 inches. Its wheelbase and width are also slightly larger at 120.9 inches and 81 inches, respectively.
Inside the cabin, the headroom and legroom in the Tahoe are relatively similar to the Atlas. At the front, it has 42.3 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom. The Tahoe’s second row offers a little more legroom than the Atlas at 42 inches. The cargo area is also larger, with over 120 cu ft of space when both rear rows are folded flat and about 25 cu ft behind the third row.
The Honda Pilot is slightly smaller than the Atlas, measuring 196 inches in length and sporting a wheelbase of 110 inches. This smaller body size means the Pilot can’t quite compete with the passenger space offered by the Atlas in its cabin. The headroom and legroom for your pilot passengers up-front fall slightly short of the Atlas, with 39.5 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. Second-row passengers have a similar amount of space compared to the second row of the Atlas, with 39.9 inches of headroom and 38.8 inches of legroom.
The third row is also more cramped in terms of legroom, with just 31.9 inches of legroom compared to over 33 inches in the Atlas. It’s a similar story with the cargo area, since the Pilot offers about 16 cu ft behind the third row compared to the Atlas’ 20 cu ft. Whereas the Atlas has over 96 cu ft of cargo capacity behind the first row, the Pilot comes in at 83 cu ft.
Atlas vs. Other Volkswagen Crossovers
Within Volkswagen’s lineup, the Atlas offers considerably more space than its other crossover vehicles, the Tiguan and Taos. The Tiguan is a compact crossover that can seat up to seven people, but it comes with a smaller cargo area behind the third row than the Atlas. A full Tiguan offers about 12 cu ft of storage space at the rear. The Taos is the smallest crossover in the lineup, offering seating for five people across two rows. At the rear, there’s around 28 cu ft of storage space.
As you can see, the Atlas is an attractive full-sized SUV choice because it manages to strike a great balance between everyday practicality and a spacious interior. It provides ample headroom and legroom across its three rows and plenty of cargo storage at the rear while maintaining a relatively compact frame that’s easier to maneuver than some of its bulkier competitors.
Would you like to find out for yourself what it’s like to drive a new Atlas? Contact our team at Capistrano Volkswagen today, and we’d be delighted to arrange a test drive in Orange County for you. We’re also standing by to help you get the purchase process started, including by introducing you to our competitive auto loans.