2019 VW Atlas & 2019 VW Arteon

The “People’s Car” is more popular than ever
By Davio Rodriguez

Nearly 75 years have passed since the first Type-1 rolled into the streets of post-war Germany. In that time, Volkswagen’s efforts to become an internationally valued brand have finally begun to bear fruit—and no fruit as ripe as their 2019 Atlas and 2019 Arteon. The former, the Atlas, is a family-first SUV with master-class space and style. Each drive is seemingly intended to be as comfortable as possible, with everything from the seats to the upholstery in consideration. The latter, the Arteon, is a sporty “coupe-styled” four-door sedan that toes the line between luxury and economical. The Arteon also seems to be a steep departure from the Beetle-esque aesthetic of previous models. Thanks to a slightly unfortunate, recent controversy that pushed up the releases of the Arteon and Atlas, Volkswagen had the extra time to improve their design. Each bears their own qualities, and beat out the competition in their respective markets. But what makes them stand out from their previous models? 

2019 VW Atlas

The American-built 2019 Atlas is the biggest Volkswagen you’ll see today. The Atlas has three rows of seating, with each seat easily accommodating a fully-grown, six-foot-one man. The surplus of legroom makes the Atlas a family-oriented SUV, and it shows in the little features. For example, getting kids into the back row is as simple as tilting the middle row forward—the extra space means no need to move cargo or baby seats out of the way. Also, the middle row can come with either twin captain’s chairs or bench seating for bigger families. Riding in an Atlas is clearly a user-tailored experience, making this car great for long trips—huge visors, smooth handling, and an endless supply of cupholders. There is more peace-of-mind on the road, as the base models offer outstanding specs for their class: 235 horsepower, 26 highway MPG, and a 2.0L engine. However, one can upgrade to a 3.6L, V6 engine with 276 horsepower for better road performance (performance can be a nebulous, meaningless word—but here, it really means a noticeable difference in how the drive “feels,” if you’re about that sort of thing). Along with the standard transition mapping, there are additional drive modes: eco, normal, sport, custom, and off-road. A sixth option exists for snowy weather, meaning any northbound Floridian won’t need to buy snow chains.

2019 VW Arteon

The 2019 VW Arteon keeps the futuristic style promised by its concept version with its sweeping, sharp geometry and satisfying details, such as the clever way that its headlights lay flush with the front grille. Designed to be market-competitive with recent luxury coupes from BMW and Audi, the 2019 Arteon was released just before Christmas. Just like its competition, the Arteon keeps aesthetic design and performance in primary regard—frameless windows, a stern, muscular stance, and a modernist-inspired front fascia all cement the Arteon’s high-class look. Inside, the base model has a 268-horsepower, 8-speed automatic, I-4 2.0L turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive. Standard features also include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and DCC-adaptive damping. While the MPG rating has yet to be announced, a standard “Start-Stop” system will greatly improve the Arteon’s MPG rating from last year’s already-impressive model. Test-driving the Arteon, this reviewer noticed not one, but four separate instances of the classic, comical double-take from pedestrians and motorists alike. If this isn’t a good sign of great design, nothing ever will be. 

To test drive one of the models reviewed here, visit Rick Case Volkswagen on 3520 Weston Rd, Weston, FL, Call 954-945-9367 or visit RickCaseVolkswagen.com to learn more.

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