2024 Volkswagen Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport: First Drive Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
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The latest trend in new cars is to eliminate physical controls, instead relying on the touchscreen, voice interface and the occasional soft-touch button. Volkswagen has fully embraced this trend in the updated Atlas. At the base of the display screen, soft-touch controls adjust cabin temperature and there is a slider for volume control, but neither is very easy to use. On multiple occasions we raised the temperature rather than lowering, since it is difficult to tell exactly where to place a finger on the controls, and the volume slider is challenging to operate even when the vehicle is stopped. Both climate and audio functions require accessing a sub-menu — more effort than should be required to operate these oft-used features.

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