Why Families Love Volkswagen SUVs

The Volkswagen Tiguan

When it comes to young families buying a vehicle that will fit their growing family comfortably, many are looking at the compact crossover segment for the right fit. The loyal, reliable, and hardworking VW Tiguan has fresh lines and exciting performance.

Crossovers are popular for a number of reasons. They are comfortable, safe, spacious, and versatile — in other words, the perfect vehicle for a young family. Equipped with Front Assist, Side Assist, and Rear Traffic Alert, the Tiguan is one of the safest places a young family could be.

The Volkswagen Atlas

Comfortably seating seven passengers, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas has the headroom, legroom, and space to keep you and your nearest and dearest comfortable.

Based on a survey that the staff at Cars.com used, the Volkswagen Atlas was voted to be the best family SUV of 2020. The Ford Expedition landed in second place, and the Hyundai Santa Fe came in third. So, wow, the Kia Telluride didn’t even make the list. 

The best family SUVs are ranked according to safety crash test ratings, value, comfort, space, family accommodations, family-friendly features, and versatility. The Atlas seems to top the list for its large interior, comfortable ride, and the long list of standard safety features. 

Combining in-car technology with the spacious three rows of seating, the 2020 VW Atlas is your best choice for a family car. The Atlas provides the comfort and room to take the whole family with you wherever you go.

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The Atlas Cross Sport is an all-new addition to the Volkswagen lineup for 2020, slotting into the same mid-size-SUV segment as the regular Atlas on which it is based.

The Cross Sport is among the roomiest vehicles in its class. It has the same 117.3-inch wheelbase as the 5.2-inch longer three-row Atlas. With a spacious front seat and wide center console with a deep storage bin, the Atlas Cross Sport achieves its goal toward more passenger and cargo space.

Controls include an easy-to-use touch screen and buttons and dials for climate, volume and tuning.

Atlas Cross Sports are equipped with automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. Some of the key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport starts at $31,565 (all prices include the destination charge) for the 2.0T with front-wheel drive. The SEL model we tested was $42,700, and it packs in a lot of similar features and styling upgrades as a comparable 2021 VW Atlas 2.0T SEL with all-wheel drive for $950 less.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

The ID.4 kicks off a new generation of affordable electric vehicles from VW, in a move to continue fulfilling its promise to go green. VW’s modular electric MEB platform is at the center of that clean initiative, which includes a promise to build one million EVs by 2023 and invest more than $39 billion in the entire VW Group by 2024, including $13 billion on Volkswagen alone. In the United States, that all starts with the ID.4

The 2021 ID.4 was unveiled today, priced starting at $41,190 with an EPA estimated range of 250 miles. The ID.4 will be the first of VW’s new family of electric vehicles to be sold in the United States.

Charge for Free

Volkswagen announced on Monday that the ID.4 will come with three years of free charging from Electrify America, so keeping the vehicle topped off while on the road shouldn’t be too difficult in most areas with Electrify America continually expanding its network. 

When stopped at one of these stations, the ID.4 can accept DC fast charging up to 125 kW. Volkswagen says the vehicle’s state of charge can go from 5 to 80 percent in about 38 minutes while connected to one of these stations. 

The Specs 

The version of the ID 4 that will be available at launch will have a 82 kWh battery pack located in the underbody to create a low center of gravity, and an electric motor located in the rear, just like the original Beetle.

Initially, the ID 4’s battery pack, which is comprised of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules, will be produced by South Korea’s LG Chem. But once ID 4 production shifts to Chattanooga, the batteries will be supplied by SK Innovation, another South Korean company that recently opened a $2 billion factory nearby VW’s plant there.

The motor has 201 horsepower and can get 228 pound-feet of torque, which shouldn’t be surprising to anyone familiar with EV motors. VW estimates that the first edition of the ID 4 will have 250 miles of range based on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s standard. An all-wheel-drive variant with 302 horsepower will follow later in 2021.

Chattanooga & VW’s Clean Initiative

The Plant

  • Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA Tri-state area bordering Georgia and Alabama
  • 1,400 acres (5.6 km2)
  • 3,442,350 ft² under roof
  • Expansion represents a 26.36% increase in square footage
  • Employs Approximately 3,800
  • Currently produces the Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Atlas

The Environment

  • Protected wetlands on site create natural animal and plant habitats
  • LED lighting used throughout the facility saves approximately 262,500 kilowatt-hours annually compared to florescent lighting
  • Approximately 12 million kilowatt-hours of energy is generated annually by 33,000 solar panels.

When Volkswagen announced the ID.4, plans were to eventually add 1,000 jobs to its workforce of about 3,800 people in Chattanooga.

The automaker is increasing its footprint by more than 750,000 square feet to its Chattanooga facilities to produce the more environmentally friendly EVs.

The expansion includes a 564,000-square-foot addition to the body shop where Volkswagen will build both internal combustion engine vehicles and EVs on the same assembly line.

Also, the company is building a 198,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its factory for the assembly of battery packs for battery-powered vehicles.

Volkswagen is sourcing the batteries from SK Innovation, a South Korean company that is building a factory in Northeast Georgia. At VW Chattanooga, the automaker will put together the battery packs that will be installed beneath the electric SUV.

When production of the all-electric SUV begins in early 2022, officials said, the Chattanooga plant will have capacity to assemble more than 100,000 EVs annually.

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