Overall I'm blown away at not being blown away by this new model. And I mean that in a positive way. I think VW has made some smart decisions with the Atlas, starting with the name. It appears on paper to competitive and it might even out-Explorer the Explorer if the interior is as large as it looks in photos. I think the Atlas will have a lot of presence in person vs photos. I think they could have gone down a strange path and they didn't. The Atlas isn't mind blowing, but it absolutely shouldn't be.
But I gotta say I can't help but think of the NMS Passat here. Could this model come out strong against the Pilot and Explorer only to get blown into the weeds when those models are updated. Time will tell.