2019 Volkswagen Atlas S Vs. 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL

2019 Volkswagen Atlas S and 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas continues to wow drivers with its excellent performance, luscious comfort, and generous technology. Its spacious interior provides plenty of room for all three rows of seating amidst high-quality surfaces while also allowing voluptuous cargo capability. Plenty of safety features and intuitive design round out this well-balanced machine.

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes in five trim levels: S, SE, SE with Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium. There are also two R-Line variations: SE with Technology R-Line and SEL R-Line. Lets take a look at the base S trim, and compare it with what you get on the higher SEL trim.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas S


2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL

$30,895 Starting MSRP $41,395
2.0-liter I-4 Base Engine 3.6-liter V-6
235 Horsepower 276
24 Fuel Economy (combined) 19
18.6 gal Fuel Capacity 18.6 gal
7 Seats 6-7
2,000 lbs (available) Max Trailer Weight 5,000 lbs
20.6, 55.5 with seats folded Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 20.6, 55.5 with seats folded

Features on the 2019 Atlas S Vs. 2019 Atlas SEL

4Motion AWD: Available for All Trims

Both the 2019 Atlas S and 2019 Atlas SEL trim offer the availability of 4Motion AWD with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. On the S trim, AWD will cost you $3,200 more, as you’re also upgrading the engine, while on the SEL it will run you an additional $1,800.

Standard Features on the 2019 Atlas S Trim

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas S comes with a 6.5 inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth compatibility and a six-speaker sound system.

Other standard features include cruise control, a 12-Volt DC power outlet, front and rear cupholders, a day-night rearview mirror, dual-zone manual climate control, and a rearview camera.

This base trim also boasts a great standard safety suite, which includes airbags all around, height-adjustable seatbelts, and LED headlights with daytime running lights, along with newly standard blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Standard Features on the 2019 Atlas SEL Trim

Standard features that come on the 2019 Atlas SEL trim include adaptive cruise control, illuminated vanity mirrors, a glovebox light, programmable garage door opener, auto-dimming day-night rearview mirror, KESSY USB ports, a hands-free auto-opening liftgate, and KESSY proximity key.

Standard infotainment on the SEL trim boasts HD and Satellite radio, a glovebox-mounted CD player, MP3 compatibility, AUX port, navigation with voice activation, two front LCD screens, voice recognition, and an eight-speaker sound system.

You also get the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which replaces the standard gauge cluster with a reconfigurable video screen than can display a wide variety of information.

Comfort is accentuated in the SEL with heated, power-adjustable front seats with memory.

Accents on the 2019 Atlas SEL trim include leather/piano black styling on the steering wheel and gear shift knob, carpeted floor mats, leatherette seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

Going for the R-Line upgrade means you get to add 20-inch wheels, unique bumpers, side skirts and badging, and a unique interior trim.

The People First Warranty

All new Volkswagen vehicles come with the excellent Volkswagen People First Warranty, a Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Transferable Warranty that lasts for six years or 72,000 miles. The powertrain warranty lasts just as long, while free Roadside Assistance is guaranteed for 36 months or 36,000 miles.