What Is The VW Atlas’ Towing Capacity?

The Volkswagen Atlas is a newer SUV model put out by Volkswagen and seems to be pretty capable if you have the recommended towing package that comes from the factory. When looking online for the different towing capacities for the Atlantis, I found the information to be in accurate in the sense, but probably more incomplete than anything else.

I made this article to be a more comprehensive resource on the subject of the towing capacities for the Volkswagen Atlas', even though they only have a lifespan of 2018-2020 so far. Here goes!

Overview of the Data For the VW Atlas:

Engine Choices: Even though the engine configurations were not listed in any of the towing charts I found, I did find that two different engines are offered for the Volkswagen Atlas' and these were the 2.0 L and 3.6 L engines.

However, this seemed to make no difference in the towing numbers, according to the charts and the biggest two factors were what type of towing package you had installed on the vehicle and whether or not the trailer you are towing had an independent braking system.

Configurations: There were no configurations of any types listed in any of the towing charts that I found which probably didn't matter when it came to overall towing capability.

Towing Capacity: Overall, the average towing capacity for the Volkswagen at lists was pretty easy to determine because there aren't many models made yet and because there were really only three different towing capacities that were listed.

These three towing capacities were listed as 1,650 pounds, 2,000 pounds and 5,000 pounds in the Atlas' owner's manual. So I guess most people would sum that up as having an average towing capacity range of 1,650 lbs.-5,000 lbs.

2018-2020 Models:

The towing capacity for the 2018-2020 Volkswagen Atlas models ranged from 1,650 pounds to 5,000 pounds, in general but more specifically there were three different towing capacities that were stated and these were 1,650 pounds, 2,000 pounds and 5,000 pounds.

2018-2020 VW Atlas Image

The towing capacity was divided into two different categories and these were Atlas' that had a factory installed towing package or an aftermarket towing package. Both examples used trailers that had integrated braking system's built-in and trailers that did not have any type of brake systems in place.

the maximum towing capacity for a trailer that did not have a brake system was 1650 pounds, no matter whether you had a factory installed towing package or an aftermarket towing package installed. The big difference was seen on trailers that had their own brake systems and the towing capacity was 2,000 pound for vehicles that had an aftermarket package installed and a much larger 5,000 pound capacity for vehicles that had a factory installed towing  package.

2018-2019 VW Atlas Towing Chart

Do I Have A Towing Package Installed?

A "tow package" is a pretty common phrase nowadays but remember that VW does state that there is a difference between a factory installed package and an aftermarket package.

When looking at the towing package you have installed on your VW Atlas, the question you really want to know is if you have the factory package installed, so you can achieve those higher towing capacities.

The VW Atlas' owner's manual states that if you are unsure whether or not your vehicle has a towing package installed, then you should take it to a dealer to have them verify if one is installed.

A Few Notes On Towing With A VW Atlas:

There were a few different things that Volkswagen pointed out that you should be aware of when towing with the Atlas and these can be easily overlooked if you don't carefully read through the towing section in the owner's manuals.

Below are three examples of what I am talking about and these were found in the Atlas' owner's manual. Even though these three notes talk about different topics, they all revolve around towing limits and how those limits can affect your warranty, safety, etc.

VW Atlas Warning
VW Atlas Warning 2
2019 VW Atlas GVWR

Resources For The Volkswagen Atlas:

Just like all of my towing capacity articles, I like to include the resources I used to gather the information and for the Volkswagen Atlas, the owner's manuals were the go to material for my research.

Not only did I find all of the different towing capacities, but there was also a lot of good information regarding towing with the Atlas that I think would be beneficial to most people.

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