2019 Volkswagen Atlas

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2019 Volkswagen Atlas 4-door SUV
2018 Volkswagen Atlas shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Standard blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE with Technology 4-door 4wd

The Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in the 2018 model year. The Atlas is derived from the Volkswagen Tiguan, redesigned for 2018, but is larger and heavier.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1717
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Footrest (cm) 8
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 6
Lower instrument panel (cm) 7

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1717
Head
HIC-15 516
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 3.1
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 8
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.46
Right 0.50
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.1
Right 0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 77
Right 115

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas S 4-door 4wd

The Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in the 2018 model year. The Atlas is derived from the Volkswagen Tiguan, redesigned for 2018, but is larger and heavier.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger’s survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the passenger dummy’s head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The passenger’s space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CEP1814
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Footrest (cm) 14
Right toepan (cm) 11
Center toepan (cm) 7
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 6
Right lower dash (cm) 7

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CEP1814
Head
HIC-15 397
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 0.9
Right 4.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 7
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 2
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.60
Right 0.78
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.4
Right 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 105
Right 43

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEP1814
Head
HIC-15 205
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.29
Right 0.47
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.3
Right 0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 46
Right 65

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4-door 4wd

The Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in the 2018 model year. The Atlas is derived from the Volkswagen Tiguan, redesigned for 2018, but is larger and heavier. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1710
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1710
Head
HIC-15 243
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.1
Femur force - right (kN) 1.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 0.74
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 95
Right 88

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4-door 2wd

The Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in the 2018 model year. The Atlas is derived from the Volkswagen Tiguan, redesigned for 2018, but is larger and heavier. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1708
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -32.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1708
Head HIC-15 63
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 21
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.14
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.17
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.3
Combined force (kN) 3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 40
A-P moment (Nm) 16

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1708
Head HIC-15 57
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 17
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.73
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8
Combined force (kN) 1.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 29
A-P moment (Nm) 16

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE with Technology 4-door 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,551 lbs
Peak force 24,091 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.29

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Seat type: Power leatherette seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leatherette seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 38
Distance below top of head (mm) -8
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.0
Head contact time (ms) 65
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 22
Max neck tension (N) 334

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SEL Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SEL Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 66.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 48.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.3 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 39.3 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 140.6 m
Straightaway left edge 132.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 43.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Launch Edition trim
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
  • S trim
  • SE with Technology trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Launch Edition trim
  • SE trim
  • SEL trim
  • S trim
  • SE with Technology trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 66.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 48.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.3 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 39.3 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 140.6 m
Straightaway left edge 132.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 43.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.5 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard Front Assist (with Autonomous Emergency Braking)

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 17 mph.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SE w/ Technology
Seat type leatherette

This vehicle has 3 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 2 additional seating positions with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3 6 4
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
4
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
6
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees) 81
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 36
Clearance angle (degrees) 81
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 6
Clearance angle (degrees) 70
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 69
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) could not measure
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 31

6

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 33

4

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated