2021 Volkswagen Atlas Trim Comparison: SEL vs SEL Premium

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A spacious, three-row SUV jam-packed with infotainment, comfort, and safety features? It’s no wonder the 2021 Atlas has been getting praise from critics and buyers alike. But what exactly does the 2021 Atlas have to offer? Let us show you.

Here’s our comparison of the top-tier 2021 Atlas models, the SEL and the SEL Premium. Take a look below to see if either model is right for you.




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Shared Features

As the top trims, the SEL and SEL Premium retain all the features introduced before them. That includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and remote start, among many others. Both vehicles also have forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing automatic wipers, and a rearview camera.

The SEL and SEL Premium come standard with the 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. However, the engine can be swapped out for a 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. As with the lower trims, both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic. FWD is standard on the SEL, though AWD is available. The SEL Premium only comes in AWD.

SEL Features

The SEL trim really starts to get into high-end territory with features like integrated navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and the 12.3 Digital Cockpit gauge cluster. It has a heated steering wheel, too, as well as a towing package. Numerous safety features are added at this trim level, including low-speed traffic jam assist, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Second-row captain’s chairs ($695) are available.

SEL Premium Features

The SEL Premium is top-of-the-line. It is the only Atlas model that exclusively comes in a three-row configuration. Features for this trim include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and ambient interior lighting. A 12-speaker Fender audio system is also standard. On the driver assistive side of things, it has hands-free parallel parking assist, a surround-view parking camera system, and power-folding side mirrors. As with the SEL, second-row captain’s chairs ($695) are available.

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