2020 Volkswagen Atlas Trim Levels

2020 Volkswagen Atlas white paint driving down road with white and green background

If you say the name ‘Volkswagen,’ what do you think of? If the German automaker equates to small, European vehicles in your mind, that’s not true of the Volkswagen Atlas. Despite being called ‘midsize’ commonly, this SUV is a rather large 3-row crossover that comes ready to take on the new decade only a couple of years after its inception.

This latest model year of the Atlas features four separate trim levels. The S, SE, SE with Technology, and SEL trims range in price from around 30 to 40 thousand dollars. Each trim does well enough on its own, with even the S being generously appointed with plenty of driver-assist technology, smart technology, and safety equipment. The SEL is nothing less than cutting edge, as you should expect from the legendary German automaker. To get more specific about what is featured on each trim level, refer to the table below.




SE with Technology 


Starting MSRP  $31,545  $34,695  $37,045  $40,795 
Seating Configurations  7 7 7, Available 2nd Row Captain’s Chair  7, Available 2nd Row Captain’s Chair 
Rear Passenger Comfort  Rear Ventilation  Rear Ventilation with Fan Control  Rear Ventilation with Fan Control  Rear Heating, Ventilation, and Fan Control 
Sound System  6-Speaker Sound System  6-Speaker Sound System  6-Speaker Sound System  12-Speaker Fender® Sound System 

Trim Level Comparison Analysis

The trim levels of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas vary in far more ways than are listed in the chart, but those key differences should help most buyers determine their Atlas of choice. Overall, the S has plenty of safety and comfort features not described here, but it is not the most comfortable for long car rides with lots of passengers. The SE gets closer to that ideal, with some other improvements. Since the SE with Technology trim can have the 2nd-row captain’s chairs, buyers should take advantage of that option, since it maximizes rear passenger comfort and doesn’t reduce the total seating capacity.

Going with the SEL trim level almost turns the Atlas into a new vehicle. Once again, buyers of this trim should take advantage of the 2nd-row captain's chairs. The maximum possible rear passenger comfort and 12-speaker sound system from Fender® means this is by far the best trim level of the model for taking a full load of passengers on a long trip.