2018 Volkswagen Atlas  RealSafeCars88Safety Rating

#16 of 2018 SUVs

#20 of all 2018 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas
The Atlas, introduced by Volkswagen in 2018, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 7. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2018. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The Volkswagen Atlas has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has a score of 88, implying a 0.031% chance of driver death (2.8% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.028%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.5%.

We estimate that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0311% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.546%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0311% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.546% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is 35% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is 26% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 10%.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9571Chevrolet TraverseDodge Grand CaravanFord FlexNissan PathfinderFord ExplorerKia SedonaMazda CX-9Dodge DurangoHonda PilotVolkswagen AtlasToyota SiennaHonda OdysseyComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 71 to 95. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is safer than the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2018 Ford Flex, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, the 2018 Ford Explorer, and the 2018 Kia Sedona. It is about as safe as the 2018 Honda Odyssey, the 2018 Toyota Sienna, the 2018 Honda Pilot, and the 2018 Dodge Durango.

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