Go Ahead, Skip the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and Wait for the 2021.5 Model

Volkswagen’s Atlas is getting exterior and interior refresh for 2021, but the German marque plans to further improve its three-row crossover SUV midway through the model year. The Volkswagen Atlas 2021.5 might not look different from the 2021 version, but the additional tech features of the newer half-year-old model are arguably worth the wait.

Mention the late arrival of VW’s MIB3 infotainment system which comes standard on all Atlas 2021.5 versions except the entry-level S. Although the MIB3 touchscreen is no different from units used by 2021 Atlas models equipped with Volkswagen’s second-generation MIB infotainment system, its functionality is improving in several notable ways.

Thanks to Android Auto wireless, Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM with 360L compatibility, as well as improvements to the voice control functions of the infotainment system and improvements to the in-dash navigation system, which includes maps and navigation options. routing reworked. Those who aren’t able to expect MIB3 in their Atlas, however, can experience functionality in most variants of the sleeker but less spacious 2021 Atlas Cross Sport right out of the door.

Atlas customers who use the high-end SEL and SEL Premium versions have even more reason to skip the Atlas 2021 and wait for the 2021.5 model. Indeed, these Atlas variants add the safety and convenience functions of VW Travel Assist and Emergency Assist. The first configuration uses the crossover’s adaptive cruise control and lane-centering technology to help the driver steer, accelerate and brake at speeds as high as 95 mph, while the second stops the vehicle if the system suspects. that the driver is not paying more attention to the road ahead (several warnings remind the driver to grab the wheel before the emergency assistance formally stops an Atlas thus equipped).


Granted, the Atlas is far from our favorite three-row crossover. That said, if you’re determined to own this massive VW, you might want to skip the Atlas 2021 and wait for the additional tech features of the 2021.5. Unless you are looking at a base Atlas S. In that case, feel free to buy a 2021 model.

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