Volkswagen’s new Atlas SUV and redesigned Tiguan crossover will hit dealerships later this year with an intriguing new feature: A transferable 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. In hopes of enticing customers who might be leery of the brand after its diesel-emissions scandal, the new warranty is designed to exceed that offered by VW competitors.
VW’s bumper-to-bumper coverage includes the engine, transmission and the optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, and it’s transferable to subsequent owners until the 6-year/72,000-mile limit (whichever comes first) is reached.
Most major competitors to the Atlas and Tiguan offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai and Kia, which offer a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, do offer a powertrain warranty higher in time and mileage (10 years or 100,000 miles) than VW’s, but it is not transferable to a second owner after the basic warranty expires. Nissan, however, does cover its continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) for 10 years or 120,000 miles.
“We specifically designed and built the all-new Atlas and Tiguan for American customers,” says Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “This warranty further addresses the needs of American buyers head-on. We’re confident in the reliability and workmanship of these SUVs, and we want our customers to be confident in their purchase.”
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is expected to be in dealerships this spring with a starting price of $31,425. The 2018 Tiguan will be available later this year.