2022 Volkswagen Atlas Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain issues are among the top complaints reported by vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row SUV that is designed for the whole family. Even Volkswagen states that it is meant to “bring everyone along for the ride.” However, the defective powertrain and issues with the structure are causing a lot of problems with customers.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Service Brakes
Electrical System
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Unknown Or Other
Air Bags
Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
Back Over Prevention: Rearview System Braking
Forward Collision Avoidance: Adaptive Cruise Control
Parking Brake

Problems with the Powertrain

The powertrain consists of the components needed to transmit power from the engine to the wheels. When there is something malfunctioning with the powertrain, the ride can be rough and harsh.

A user from the VW Atlas Forum states, “This has the 2.0 motor. I recently noticed a vibration in idle or in park. Not audible or shaky, but enough to make me feel nauseated. Seems to get worse with AC. Might have it looked at, at the dealer’s after the holidays, but not sure how it would go, almost would feel nitpicky.”

Aside from this, previous models have dealt with other massive failures that caused engine damage. Because of a malfunctioning thermoplastic water pump module, the engine would overheat and create premature damage. While owners can “bring everyone along for the ride,” they might want to consider how many people are in the SUV because they could all end up sitting on the side of the road when the vehicle breaks down.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

The 2022 VW Atlas isn’t built as it should have been. The design could be better and aspects should have been thought out with more purpose.

Another user on the VW Atlas Forum points out, “Front seats are crazy uncomfortable on long drives, we spent 11 hours in the car on the same drive that we did in Tahoe and in Sienna many times before and did not even feel that trip with Tahoe/Sienna. In Atlas my right side of the bottom is in deep pain after 4 hours and onwards, then a leg goes numb. I am average 6′ 200lbs. Tried all possible positions with the seat but can’t find the one that is comfortable.”

It turns out that many of the parts also need to be checked regularly for failure. In fact, Service Bulletin #22VWUSMN041321 talks about how the panoramic sliding sunroof should be checked every 10,000 miles. During this inspection, the technicians are supposed to be checked for noise and function. The only reason to order inspections this frequently is if there’s a concern for failure. It will be hard to take the Atlas gallivanting around the country, unless the customer can be near a dealership every 10,000 miles.

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Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Cesar E

    I bought a 2022 atlas in November 2021. A couple months ( May 2022) later engine has no oil. Now I have a blown engine and I need to replace it. It did not read it needed oil. Do I have a case? I paid $1300.00 to have it checked and they charge me $15,000.00 to put in a new engine.

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