2018 Volkswagen Atlas gains top safety score

New Volkswagen seven-seat SUV gains safety tick

Volkswagen’s Atlas, a seven-seat SUV model that will take on the likes of the Toyota Kluger (Highlander in the U.S), Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento, and Nissan Pathfinder, has been given a top safety score.

The new SUV model, still not confirmed for right-hand drive and subsequently Australia, was given a five-star NCAP safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the U.S.

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The Volkswagen Atlas joins its VW stablemates – Golf, Jetta, and Passat with the maximum safety score.

The seven-seat SUV offers a range of safety features, including:

  • Six airbags (driver, passenger, side, curtain)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Front and rear Park Distance Control
  • Parking Steering Assistant
  • High Beam Control
  • Overhead View Camera

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas also comes with a system called Automatic Post-Collision Braking.

Featuring as standard on the model, Volkswagen telling us the system applies the brakes after a collision “thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage”.

“The Volkswagen Atlas is designed for the modern American family,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy.

“There’s nothing more important than keeping your family safe and the Atlas is engineered to help do that with excellent structural integrity and numerous available safety and driver assistance features.”

We will keep updated as further details on the Volkswagen Atlas come to hand, in particular around Australian availability.

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