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Old 11-22-2020, 04:09 PM
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Anybody own one with the 2.0 and awd? Wondering if you're happy with it. My kid is about to have twins and it's currently his top choice cause of the room and awd. Thnx
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Originally Posted by pathfinder11 View Post
Anybody own one with the 2.0 and awd? Wondering if you're happy with it. My kid is about to have twins and it's currently his top choice cause of the room and awd. Thnx
Can’t speak for the 2.0, but my wife drives a 2018 w/ the V6 and AWD. It has been an excellent vehicle so far (35K miles).

Clogged sunroof drains caused water intrusion, but everything was fixed under warranty, including replacement of all carpet. No other issues at all.

And you’re right about the interior space. It’s deceptively large. We have the 2d row captains chairs. Can comfortably seat 6 adults, and there’s still a lot of cargo space in the rear.
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2018 with 3.6. Had a stick get lodged into the air shutters in grille and throw a code bit not the VWs fault. Only real downside is poor mpg. Right now its 20 avg which is not good in today's world....... cooming from a guy that also has a Tundra that gets 15.6 avg.
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We got my wife a 2019 SEL-P V6 AWD in August 2019. 15 months and 19,000 miles later we have had no issues and she is happy. It is very roomy and a great road trip vehicle. If I was buying now, the 2.0T with AWD would definitely be a consideration.


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thanks for the replies, he went and drove one this weekend and liked it. now the fun part of negotiating a lease. it's hard to tell what safety options are on the different models and if available as stand alone, the national vw website isn't very clear. Thanks again for posting and look for more comments.
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Consumer reports ranks it bottom 3 for initial quality... take that for what its worth.
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Picked up a 2021 with the 3.6L last week. Racked up a bunch of miles on it running around and then towed the boat to the coast for the Holiday. Was pleasantly surprised by the Atlas’ ability to tow our 20’ CC up and down the mountains. Average MPG was 10.8 at 60MPH. Found that Sport mode was the best overall performance with the trailer in tow. Very pleasant experience towing and plenty of room for the kids and all our stuff.

When the trailer lights are connected, the vehicle disables the rear blind spot and backup detection sensors. I thought that was a nice touch.

Footnote: you have to purchase the Pollack 7-way adapter plug separately as the trailer tow package does not include the plug. Was $55 at the VW Parts counter or $22 from Amazon. Remove the four screws that hold the plastic cover on the hitch frame, rotate the cover 90 degrees and then pull the cover and attached harness out. Release the locking tab on the harness by prying up gently with a flat blade screwdriver and then remove the harness from the cover. Attach harness to Pollack 7-way plug, insert into hitch frame and reattach the four screws. Five minutes start to finish.
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Originally Posted by ncmallard78 View Post
Consumer reports ranks it bottom 3 for initial quality... take that for what its worth.
We purchased the FWD with the 3.6L as a Launch Model. It was the 4th one sold from the dealership. It has had nothing but issues from day one. Most of them are electronic (re-occurring) and a few of them have been mechanical. Some have been addressed by manufacturer recalls and some have not. This of course could be attributed to it being an early model car but it has been enough to dissuade us from ever purchasing a VW again. On the positive side it is very roomy and for the most part a good road trip car

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