The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize SUV with a dependable performance, a spacious interior, and a long list of innovative features.

This family adventurer also presents a great number of differences across its span of trim levels. That’s why you’ll need to see what’s available in each trim to determine which VW Atlas is the perfect one for you.

To lend a hand, the team at Faulkner Volkswagen has created this guide to the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas trim levels to make your vehicle research as easy as possible. See what each trim has to offer, and contact us to experience it for yourself near Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

2021 VW Atlas Trim Levels at a Glance


Where to Find It

Leather Seating

(first and second rows)

VW Atlas SEL Premium,

VW Atlas SEL Premium R-Line


Automatic Climate Control

VW Atlas S

(3-zone in all other trims)

Blind Spot Monitor

All VW Atlas trims

Ventilated Front Seats

VW Atlas SEL Premium,

VW Atlas SEL Premium R-Line

Volkswagen Atlas S

Volkswagen Atlas S Pyrite Silver

Starting off the 2021 VW Atlas lineup is the base S trim. It comes equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode. Together, this impressive powertrain delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it’s available with 4MOTION® all-wheel drive to help you stay in control even while traveling over snow or uneven surfaces.

Not only does the S trim perform well, but it also comes with lots of features to help keep everyone on board happy. This includes dual-zone climate control and a Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect. The latter feature lets you access your favorite mobile apps without handling your phone while driving.

Plus, there’s plenty of space for up to seven passengers and all their cargo. In fact, you can utilize the 60/40-split folding second row and 50/50-split folding third row to fit in as many people and items as needed.

To make sure you can venture forth with confidence, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas also comes with a full suite of advanced safety features, like:

  • Rear View Camera System
  • Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Warning & Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert

Test out these exciting features by checking out our Volkswagen Atlas inventory online before scheduling your test drive today!

VW Atlas SE, SE With Technology, & SE With Technology R-Line

Volkswagen Atlas SE With Technology R-Line Pure White

The next level up is the Volkswagen SE. This trim—and every subsequent one—offers drivers an available 3.6L V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. You’ll also have access to features like:

  • Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM® All Access trial subscription

While the S trim comes with dual-zone climate control, the SE trim and all subsequent trims come with Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control. This means if you, your copilot, and the passengers in the back seat want a different cabin temperature, you can all adjust it to your preferred individual settings.

SE with Technology and SE with Technology R-Line offer almost all the same features as the SE trim. These include an 8-inch touchscreen display to showcase all your various media options as well as a trial subscription to SiriusXM® All Access. These trims also come with a wireless phone charger that will keep your smartphone ready to go while you’re out and about.

However, the SE with Technology and the SE with Technology R-Line trim levels also provide V-Tex leatherette seating throughout. For extra comfort, the SE with Technology and the SE with Technology R-Line trims offer second-row manual captain’s chair bucket seats. These easily fold and slide to make room for third-row passengers and extra gear.

Volkswagen Atlas SEL & VW SEL R-Line

Volkswagen Atlas SEL Racing Green

Then, there’s the 2021 VW Atlas SEL. This trim level comes with heated front seats that you can also find in every other trim except S. Plus, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an 8-way power front-passenger seat will ensure you’ll be quite comfy up front.

The VW Atlas SEL also comes with a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit behind the steering wheel. Whether you want to focus on infotainment or navigation, your most important info will be found right within your line of sight.

Speaking of navigation, you’ll find an advanced system in the SEL and SEL R-Line trims. The 8-inch color touchscreen will show your route clearly. SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link® trial subscriptions will make sure you get to your destination as quickly and safely as possible.

With so many destinations ahead, you might want to bring along more gear. Good thing each trim level comes standard with roof rails—in black or silver—and an optional trailer hitch that can tow 5,000 pounds. That’s enough to haul:

  • Boats
  • Campers
  • Work equipment

When the roof is free of gear, everyone can take advantage of the panoramic sunroof.

If you’re leaning toward a certain trim, contact us today to schedule your test drive!

VW Atlas SEL Premium & SEL Premium R-Line

VW Atlas SEL Premium Tourmaline Blue

The final trim level of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is the SEL Premium. This comes with all the features you already like in both the SEL and the SEL R-Line.

However, it also comes with a 480-watt Fender® Premium Audio System with 12 speakers, ensuring all your media options will be crystal-clear. So, buckle up and settle into the perforated Vienna leather seating surfaces while the SEL Premium puts on a show.

You’ll also get helpful safety features like:

  • Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist)
  • High Beam Control (Light Assist)
  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)

Park Assist can determine if a spot is big enough for your VW Atlas. Plus, it can help steer the SUV into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot. All you have to do is accelerate, brake, and shift when needed. If you prefer to stay old school, the Overhead View Camera (Area View) supplies a bird’s-eye view around your entire SUV.

Then, with Light Assist, you’ll have help seeing better at night without blinding other drivers. It can automatically turn on the high beams when traveling on dark or poorly lit roads. Then, the system will automatically turn off the high beams when another vehicle approaches or gets in front of you.

Test Drive the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Today

As you can see, there are many 2021 Volkswagen Atlas trim levels to choose from. No matter which one you opt for, you’ll get lots of great features to help enhance your commutes around Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, or Harrisburg, PA.

If you need help deciding which trim is right for you, then don’t wait. Contact the team at Faulkner Volkswagen for a test drive today.

We look forward to serving you!


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