2021 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas: What's New?

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The seven-passenger Volkswagen Atlas continues to be a fan favorite. To help you decide which model is right for you, we will look closer at the 2021 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas for sale in Colorado Springs. Our in-depth Atlas comparison will look at release dates, highlights, price, mpg, driver-assist features, towing capacity, engine power, exterior design, interior features, and trim levels.

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Release Dates

2021 VW Atlas

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is set to arrive during the spring of next year.

2020 VW Atlas

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas will be arriving at Bob Penkhus this spring.

Highlights

2021 VW Atlas

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas receives a complete facelift that makes it look like the Atlas Cross Sport. It will also feature some updated powertrain options and more tech equipment.

2020 VW Atlas

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas comes with enhanced VW Car-Net service, which includes mobile connectivity options and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Price

2021 VW Atlas

We don't have current 2021 VW Atlas pricing, but expect that it will go up slightly due to the improved design changes.

2020 VW Atlas

The starting price of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas starts at $31,545.

MPG

2021 VW Atlas

Because the 2021 VW Atlas has the same engines, we expect the EPA estimates to remain the same.

2020 VW Atlas

The 2020 VW Atlas with the base engine combined with front-wheel-drive earned an EPA-estimated 20 city/24 highway mpg. Adding a V6 drops these numbers to 17/23 mpg, while the all-wheel-drive option takes another 1 mpg off both numbers.

Driver-Assistance Features

2021 VW Atlas

While the 2021 VW Atlas will have many of the same driver-assist features as the 2020 model, the company plans on adding available Dynamic Road Sign Display and Traffic Jam Assist to the options.

2020 VW Atlas

The 2020 VW Atlas comes standard with a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, post-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Towing Capacity

2021 VW Atlas

With the V6 engine and tow package, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2020 VW Atlas

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas will tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped with a V6 engine and towing package.

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Engine Power

2021 VW Atlas

The new 2021 VW Atlas also comes with the same two engine options as the 2020 model, but you can choose the all-wheel-drive option with either motor.

2020 VW Atlas

There are two engine options with a 2020 VW Atlas. You can pick the standard 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or upgrade to the 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. The base engine comes with front-wheel-drive, while the V6 offers the option between front- and all-wheel-drive.

Exterior Design

2021 VW Atlas

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets an updated front and back. It features a new grille design that makes it look like the Atlas Cross Sport. Overall, it will be longer than the 2020 Atlas.

2020 VW Atlas

There haven't been any major changes to the 2020 Atlas. Current dimensions measure 198″ L x 78″ W x 70″ H.

Interior Improvements

2021 VW Atlas

Comfort

Several updates should improve the overall comfort, including the redesigned steering wheel.

Seating

The 2021 VW Atlas will continue to hold seven occupants comfortably.

Cargo Space

We don't have precise measurements on the 2021 Atlas cargo capacity yet but will reveal more as the details become available.

2020 VW Atlas

Comfort

The 2020 VW Atlas cabin is quiet and offers plenty of supportive seating.

Seating

There is room for seven occupants among the three rows of seats.

Cargo Space

The 2020 VW Atlas has 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row, with 55.5 cubic feet with the back row down and up to 96.8 cubic feet with all of the back seats down.

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Trims

2021 VW Atlas

We don't know what trim levels will be available with the 2021 VW Atlas but it is safe to assume there will be some S, SE, and SEL trim levels.

2020 VW Atlas

There are seven trim levels available with the 2020 Atlas: S, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium.

Seating Configurations

2021 VW Atlas

The 2021 VW Atlas only comes as a three-row seven-passenger SUV, but there will still be the option to choose the smaller VW Atlas Cross Sport.

2020 VW Atlas

The 2020 VW Atlas is available as a three-row seven-passenger SUV, but customers can also choose the smaller VW Atlas Cross Sport.

New Volkswagen Atlas For Sale

2021 VW Atlas

When the 2021 VW Atlas is for sale in Colorado Springs, you will be able to find your model at Bob Penkhus VW.

2020 VW Atlas

The 2020 VW Atlas for sale in Colorado Springs is available at Bob Penkhus VW.

2021 vs. 2020 VW Atlas close up of dashboard

Used VW Atlas For Sale

If you want a used VW Atlas instead, we have a full inventory. Save some money while still enjoying the immense carrying capacity and comfort.

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Lease A New VW Atlas

If you want to keep your payments low, your best option is to lease a new Volkswagen Atlas. Talk to our financing department about the current specials.

New VW Atlas For Sale in Colorado Springs

It's soon time to find the new Volkswagen Atlas for sale in Colorado Springs. Browse the inventory at Bob Penkhus Volkswagen.

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Contact

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Colorado Springs, CO 80905

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