Comparison - Volkswagen Atlas SEL 2018 - vs - GMC Yukon XL Denali 2017

General

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Other Names:

Also called:

Volkswagen Teramont

Also called:

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Average Price: 
41,140
Updated: 
01 Jan 2018
73,079
Updated: 
16 Nov 2016
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
Front Wheel Drive
Four Wheel Drive
Year: 
2018
2017
Total Seating: 
7
7
Transmission: 
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
18.60gals
31.00gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Reflex silver metallic
#848487
Platinum grey metallic
#4D5760
Deep black pearl
#0B0B0C
Tourmaline blue metallic
#1B3D58
Kurkuma yellow metallic
#BC9900
Fortana red metallic
#7E0825
Color: 
Crimson Red Tintcoat
#750619
Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic
#26313D
Iridium Metallic
#7B7C8E
Mineral Metallic
#736D5A
Onyx Black
#000000
Quicksilver Metallic
#DADEDD
Sparkling Silver Metallic
#E9E3D7
Summit White
#FFFFFF
White Frost Tricoat
#FFFFFF

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

Volkswagen is dressing up the 2018 Atlas with its ubiquitous R-Line trim, which adds interior and exterior upgrades over the more basic models. The features include: 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, snazzier bumpers, side skirts, and R-Line badges. The cabin gets stainless steel pedal covers and an R-Line steering wheel piece. The Atlas R-Line will be revealed next week at the Detroit Auto Show, and its features build on the SE and SEL trims.

The Atlas sport utility vehicle is VW's most anticipated vehicle in years. It goes on sale this spring and offers a 3.6-liter V6 with 276 horsepower or a turbo four-cylinder making 235 hp, which are each paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is also an option.

The three-row SUV is the linchpin of VW's plans to move beyond its diesel-emissions scandal and capture new customers in the United States. It takes aim at entrenched competitors like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and others.

The Atlas is based on VW's MQB architecture and will be built at the company's Chattanooga, Tenn., factory. The R-Line will be available in late 2018, and pricing has not been released for any of the Atlas trims.

By: 
autoblog.com

Making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line adds aggressive edge to the automaker’s soon-to-launch midsize 3-row SUV that will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Available on Atlas SE and SEL models, the tasteful R-Line upfit brings a selection of subtle performance-inspired cosmetic and functional tweaks and will be introduced shortly after the 2018 VW Atlas arrives in showrooms here this spring.

Key exterior changes to R-Line Atlas models include bolder fascias with larger air intakes up front and a unique gloss black rear diffuser as well as more deeply contoured side skirts, 20-inch aluminum wheels and R-Line badges. Inside, the package adds R-Line logos on the steering wheel and start screen on the infotainment package as well as stainless-steel sport pedal covers.

Like buyers of the standard 2018 VW Atlas, R-Line customers can choose from either a 235-horsepower/2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI Turbo and front-wheel drive or a 276-horse/3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 that’s available in FWD or AWD configurations. The sole transmission is an 8-speed automatic transmission.

By: 
kbb.com

There's a lot riding on its burly shoulders.

It is fitting that the all-new Volkswagen Atlas takes its name from the Greek god tasked with keeping the sky from falling on mortals. Coming off the hugely publicized diesel-emissions scandal, VW needs an emotional win. Despite the media and consumer kerfuffle, sales for the people’s brand are actually up so far in 2017, but that is mostly due to the arrival of the Golf Alltrack, a boomlet that eventually could fizzle. Hence the need for the Atlas to prop up the brand.

Riding on the same flexible architecture that underpins the Golf, the Tennessee-built Atlas is a medium-large three-row SUV that fills a major gap in VW’s portfolio. Not since the Routan—a rebadged Dodge Grand Caravan that VW last sold in 2013—has there been a Volkswagen with more than five seatbelts. Buyers have been forced to look elsewhere for their family-hauling needs.

The Atlas struts into dealerships this June, fully capable of shouldering the responsibility of transporting families and all their stuff as well as a big chunk of VW’s future in America. Like its namesake, this VW is strong enough to handle heavy lifting.

By: 
caranddriver.com

Everything. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is an all-new model for the 2018 model year. Though the SUV shares its MQB chassis and drivetrains with other Volkswagen Group products, this is the brand’s first three-row crossover offered in the U.S

The Volkswagen Atlas is the German automaker’s all-new three-row midsize crossover that, in size, slots above the two-row midsize Touareg and compact Tiguan SUVs as well as the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen in the automaker’s people and cargo carrying lineup. The Atlas competes in a crowded segment that includes the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and Dodge Durango.

LED headlights, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are all standard.

The 2018 Atlas comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while a 3.6-liter VR6 rated at 276 hp and 266 lb-ft is optional. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard with both engines, and the automaker’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is optional with the 3.6-liter engine. EPA-rated fuel economy hasn’t been revealed for the turbo 2.0-liter, but the 3.6-liter is EPA-rated 18/25 mpg city/highway for the front-drive model and 17/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.

By: 
motortrend.com

For 2017, the GMC Yukon XL now adds automatic low-speed emergency braking to the existing forward collision warning system and a teen-driver management system. Cooled seats have now been replaced with ventilated seats, the input capability for the rear entertainment system has been updated, and a head-up instrument display is standard with the Denali trim.

Pros
Seating for up to nine passengers
Nicer interior than other truck-based, full-size SUVs
All-terrain mobility with four-wheel drive
Tow rating is higher than average for the class.

Cons
The Yukon XL's size and weight make it less maneuverable around town
Lazy throttle response makes it feel weaker than it is
Only the base model delivers nine-passenger capacity
Utility of cargo space is compromised by a high load floor.

By: 
edmunds.com

In the world of full-size family SUVs, the 2017 GMC Yukon stands head and shoulders above the rest. The Yukon, with its longer sibling, the Yukon XL, is more modern in design than the aging Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia, yet its abilities are in full view, reminding all competitors that this slick big rig is still a workhorse at heart. While SLE and SLT trim get by with a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8, the Denali trims are equipped with a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter unit that knows no equal in this class. And while it’s true the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator can tow more weight, neither can match the Yukon’s cutting-edge styling, driver assists or optional technology features.

Pros
If you need the big hauling, towing and cargo abilities of a full-size SUV, GMC’s Yukon, Yukon XL and Denali SUVs for 2017 have all the bases covered. You’ll get style, supreme luxury and cutting-edge features, plus with the XL, added space that a Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia can’t match.

Cons
The 2017 GMC Yukon XL is a big SUV that at times can feel like a bull in a china shop. If you just need room for seven or eight passengers, a more maneuverable midsize-crossover SUV like the GMC Acadia Limited, Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer might be a better choice.

By: 
kbb.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
18.00mpg
14.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
25.00mpg
20.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
16
Cylinders: 
6
V
8
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.60L
6.20L
Torque: 
266ft-lbs
at 2 750rpm
460ft-lbs
at 4 100rpm
Horsepower: 
276hp
at 6 200rpm
420hp
at 5 600rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
overhead valves (OHV)
Turning Circle: 
38.10Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
More in Convenience: 
Keyless Ignition
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Electric Power Steering
Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Keyless ignition
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
Concierge Service
Destination Download
Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)
Hands-Free Calling
Power rear seat easy entry

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
198.30in
224.40in
Width: 
78.30in
80.50in
Height: 
70.00in
74.40in
Ground Clearance: 
8.00in
7.90in
Front Track: 
67.20in
Rear Track: 
67.80in
Wheel Base: 
117.30in
130.00in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
41.30
42.80
Rear Head Room: 
40.40
39.10
Front Leg Room: 
41.50in
45.30in
Rear leg room: 
37.60in
39.70in
Front Hip Room: 
58.20in
60.80in
Front Shoulder Room: 
61.50in
64.80in
Rear Hip Room: 
58.00in
60.30in
Rear Shoulder room: 
60.80in
65.10in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
96.80cu.ft
121.70cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
5000lbs
7900lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
20.60cu.ft
39.30cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
20.40degrees
15.30degrees
Angle of Departure: 
22.40degrees
20.90degrees
Curb Weight: 
4336.00lbs
5965.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
no
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
power steering
Heated Mirrors
Reverse Tilt Passenger Only Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
Heated mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
10-Way Power Driver Seat
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Bucket Front Seats
Height-Adjustable Driver Seat
cloth
Leatherette
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
8 -way power driver seat
8 -way power passenger seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable driver seat
Height adjustable passenger seat
Leather
Multi-level heating driver seat
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Ventilated driver seat
Ventilated passenger seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Rear Seats Features: 
Folds Into Floor Third Row Seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Folding center armrest
Heated
Power folding bench third row seats
Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
Reclining rear seats
Folding rear seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Front stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Rear stabilizer bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front independent suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
no
no
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Sun sensor
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Heated steering wheel
Leather steering wheel
Turn signal in mirrors
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
8 Total Speakers
USB Connection
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
10 total speakers
1 subwoofer
USB connection
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
Satellite radio w/real time traffic satellite radio

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Roof rack
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Rear window wiper
Privacy glass
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
18 X 8.0-In
20 x 9.0
Wheels more: 
All-Season Tires
Null spare wheel
Fullsize non-matching spare tire
Underbody mounted spare tire
All season tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
255.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
50
Diameter: 
R16
Width: 
275.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R20

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated Front Disc
Ventilated front disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Solid Rear Disc Brakes
rear ventilated disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Rear Door Child Safety Locks
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Post-Collision Safety System
Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers Side-Mounted Airbags
Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags
LED Headlamp
Pre-Collision Safety System
Blind-Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Cornering Lights
Turn signal mirrors
Airbag Deployment Notification
Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Post-collision safety system
Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
Front, rear and third row head airbags
Pre-collision safety system
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear height adjustable headrests
Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance
Emergency Service

Options

Packages: 
Open Road Package Discount Not Desired
Interior Protection Package
Open Road Package
Enhanced Security Package
Exterior Options: 
Wheel Locks
Splash Guards
Paint Protection
Trailer Hitch
Hood Deflector
Bumper Applique
Roof Rack
Black Roof Rack Cross Rails
Front License Plate Mounting Package
20" x 9.0" Chrome Aluminum Wheels
22" x 8.5" Ultra-Bright Aluminum Wheels w/Midnight Silver Finish
22" 7-Spoke Silver Wheels w/Chrome Inserts
Custom Molded Splash Guards
Molded Splash Guards
22" 6-Spoke Premium Silver Ultra-Bright Machined Wheels
22" 7-Spoke Silver Wheels
22" 5-Spoke Ultra-Bright Machined Wheels w/High-Gloss Black
22" 7-Spoke Silver Wheels w/Black Inserts
Power Sunroof
Polished Exhaust Tip
Wheel Locks
22" x 9.0" 6-Spoke Chrome Wheels
Interior Options: 
Roadside Assistance Kit
Rubber Mat Kit
First Aid Kit
Luggage Net
Rearview Mirror W/Homelink
Power Release 60/40 Split-Folding Second Row Bench
Rear Seat Blu-Ray/DVD Entertainment System
Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System
Adaptive Cruise Control
Cargo Security Shade
Front Console Storage Bin Organizer
All-Weather Floor Mats
Illuminated Door Sill Plates
Console Insert Organizer Tray
Reflective Window Shade
All-Weather Cargo Mat

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
#000000
Color: 
Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere, leather
#750619
Cocoa/Shale, leather
#9F9890
Jet Black, leather
#151515