I understand the decision to go larger. It looks like a nice family-oriented option. I find it funny the adaptive cruise control is standard. Trying to find a Touareg in the states that included that option left me empty after months of searching a few years back. In fact, I find all of those included bells and whistles a bit disheartening. Why not offer a more modest version as well?
The Atlas taking the place of the Touareg is a good move (although we don't yet know its price point). The Touareg in its best form was too much of a beast for most Americans who could afford it and the watered down versions offered in the later years were too disappointing because many options just were no longer available stateside.
Seems like VWoA is trying to figure out its niche in the market while making yet another redefining move.
Perhaps most disappointing is the lack of the sporty short-wheel base Tiguan. Our daughter has a '13 S -- great for buzzing around while going to dental school. We have the '14 R-Line 4-motion -- useful, yet not allowing me to feel old as I grow old.
The '18 Tiguan and Atlas look to be fine offerings but both miss their mark in our family. We still have five years / 65k miles left on our respective extended warranties. It looks like we will have our Tiggies a lot longer than that given VW's new direction.
Now: 2003 New Beetle Turbo S / 2014 Tiguan R-Line 4motion / 2013 Tiguan S / 1974 Thing Acapulco / 2002 Golf GLS TDI
Past: 2009 Eos Komfort / 1997 Jetta GT / 2002 Cabrio GLX / 2002 Passat GLS / 1971 Super Beetle / 1993 EuroVan MV Westfalia / 1981 Pickup LX / 1985 Vanagon / 1986 Jetta GLI