2020 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Comparison

2020 Atlas VS 2020 Atlas Cross Sport

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

If you're considering a Volkswagen Atlas to zip around Athens, you may be wondering how the Atlas stacks up against the Cross Sport. The original flagship model has proven its worth since its recent debut, making it an award-winning SUV in a very competitive market. So, what did Volkswagen change with this even newer model? We'll look at the differences between each one and who each version was meant for.

Two Rows VS Three Rows

Two Rows Vs. Three Rows

This has been the main sticking point for most people, mainly because it's the most obvious one. The Atlas Cross Sport is five seats in two rows where the Atlas seats up to seven seats in three rows. This change in seating options will rule out larger families, but it opens up a new market for buyers who don't necessarily have to transport that many people.

If you're trying to pull up to Game Day with as many friends as possible, the 5-seater Atlas Cross Sport could be trouble. But if you're planning to take your betrothed out for a little weekend adventure with some camping supplies in the back, then you might find the Cross Sport is just what you need.

The Power of the Drive

The differences between the Atlas Cross Sport and the Atlas may not be readily apparent. In fact, both models have the same width (at 78.3") and wheelbase (at 117.3"). Even the powertrain options are the same! That's 235 horsepower in a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or opt for a little more oomph with the 276-horsepower V6. (Both versions come with an 8-speed automatic transmission.)

If you're looking for all-wheel drive in your SUV though, you'll need to opt for the V6. So, on paper, the two may appear too similar in terms of the drive. But without the extra weight in the Sport, you'll definitely notice a difference between the pick-up in the Sport compared to the Atlas.

The Power of the Drive
The Look and the Feel

The Look and the Feel

Aesthetically, the Cross Sport is 2.8" shorter with a sloped roof that is 2.3" lower. This gives the back passengers a little less room above their head than in the Atlas. The 21" wheels are available in two-toned machined alloy in a five-split spoke, making it noticeable to anyone you pass along the way. The steering wheel has also been redesigned on the Sport and there are stylish stitched accents on the seats. But that's not to say that the Atlas is only good for utility either. Both cars are smooth in even the most awkward situations, and there's a bit of flash to both cars to make it extra fun to drive.

Volkswagen may be in a generally crowded market, but few German carmakers have set foot in this SUV category. For those who want a break from the standard SUVs on the market, this is a great way to get the features you want without blending into the crowd.


Safety & Tech

Safety & Tech

Much of the safety and tech for the cars are available for both models. This includes Volkswagen's Car-Net 2.0 infotainment system, a WiFi hotspot, and smartphone compatibility. Heated seats are available in both the front and back seats, and the Tech R-line trims come with a foot-activated liftgate. The forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and emergency braking features are also standard on both versions, giving you help from all sides.

On the Cross Sport though, you get dynamic road sign display, a feature that will read the street signs and let you know when you're going too far over the limit. And if you get stuck in traffic, the Traffic Jam Assist on the Cross Sport will help you inch up and stop without your having to do anything at all.

If you're looking for a car that will safely get you through Loop 10, the Atlas won't let you down. It's perfect for loading everyone up on the weekend to go to Bear Hollow or the botanical gardens. But if you want a little more luxury and style, then the Atlas Cross Sport is equipped with the extras that will keep you smiling all the way home and back.


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