2018 VW Atlas comes in 5 variants, priced from $30,500

Article by Christian A., on April 5, 2017

Volkswagen officially released the final base price of the 2018 Atlas. With a starting price of $30,500, is this SUV worth the green dollar bills? Let's find out, shall we?

Volkswagen declared at the Detroit Auto Show last January that the 2018 Atlas would bear a price tag in the range of $30,000 -- and now the starting price has indeed been made official. The Atlas will have 5 options: Atlas S, Atlas SE, Atlas SE with technology, Atlas SEL, and Atlas SEL Premium.

For the $30,500 price tag, you can acquire the entry level Atlas S-built with a 2.0 L TSI engine and a front wheel drive layout, but sadly you would have to wait as it won't be made available immediately. Even though the Atlas S is considered as the cheapest of the Atlas line-up, it is still jam-packed with a bundle of goodies of standard equipment that includes LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, rear view camera, stainless steel roof rails, and 18 inch alloy wheels.

The good news doesn't stop there, the inside goodies are also as bountiful as the outside- a 6.5 inch infotainment system packing Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mirrorlink Integration along with Bluetooth and USB connectivity are also equipped to assure the clientele will not have a boring cruise. If one will be willing to fork out more green bills in exchange for a more powerful Atlas S, then a 3.6 L V6 engine is for you -- pricing begins at around $31,900 for the FWD unit and $33,700 for the 4Motion AWD set-up.

However, if you want more bang for your buck, then the limited version V6 only Atlas S Launch is available with a price tag of $33,500 for FWD option and $35,300 for AWD with added features of panoramic sunroof, 8 inch touch screen, footwell lighting, garage door opener and SiriusXM satellite radio. Found above the price range of the Atlas S is its sibling, the Atlas SE.

The SE costs around $33,590 for a smaller engine, $34,990 for the V6 FWD and $36,790 for the V6 AWD specs with niceties including automatic headlights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, keyless access, leather strapping wheel, 10 way power driver seat, 8 inch touchscreen and a revolutionary Blind Spot Monitor with Traffic Alert. Next is the Atlas Se with Technology that costs around $35,690 and if one wants the V6 variant, it will be available with the price tag of $37,090 or $38,890 with AWD.

On the other hand, the base Atlas SEL costs $29,160 with a smaller engine, but one can upgrade it to a V6 FWD for a price of $40,890 or AWD for $42,690. It comes equipped with panoramic sunroof, Easy Open liftgate, 8 way passenger, power outlet for second row, plus more features. At the higher end of the spectrum is the Atlas SEL premium which haves the 4Motion AWD system and 3.6 L V6 engine as its starter.

A 12.3 inch Digital Cockpit, 20 inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, power folding door mirrors, automatic High Beam Control, Park Steering Assistant, Area View Camera and 12 speaker Fender Premium Audio System will be available for the price of $48,490.

The VW Atlas SUV is in production since the latter part of last year at the Chattanooga factory and will be reaching dealerships about next month.

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