The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is a midsize two-row SUV that’s based on its Atlas sibling. The Atlas Cross Sport rides on the same platform as the Atlas and it has the same wheelbase. It comes with the same trim levels and engine options. The folks at the Seaside Volkswagen dealerships explain that the differences between the Atlas Cross Sport and the regular Atlas, other than the lack of a third row, is the Atlas Cross Sport’s length and design. The Atlas Cross Sport is shorter than the Atlas and it features a raked roofline that gives it a sporty look.
The Atlas Cross Sport can seat five passengers, while the Atlas can seat seven. The Atlas Cross Sport also offers considerably more legroom in the second row than the Atlas. The two-row setup means there’s room to store plenty of cargo, with 40.3 cubic feet at your disposal to carry all the gear you’ll want to take along. Customers at the Volkswagen dealer near Seaside report that the Atlas Cross Sport’s smaller size gives it an athletic stance.
CarBuzz wrote: “There's something incredibly brawny about the VW Atlas Cross Sport, as if it were modeled after the fabled titan Atlas himself. It carries heroic proportions from the side profile. Just look at that running line that encircles the entire vehicle, which also tricks you into thinking the belt-to-roof ratio is closer than it actually is. ... [I]f you're import-minded but want to support the home team at the same time, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is worth more than just a look.”
The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is offered in eight trim levels: S, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line. Powering the Atlas Cross Sport is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 235-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose an available 3.6-liter V6 that’s good for 276 hp and 266 lb-ft, also connected to the eight-speed automatic.
The top-line SEL trims get standard all-wheel drive, while the other models get front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive as an option. All models feature three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport. With the 2.0-liter turbo-four and front-wheel drive, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport returns an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway.*
The base S trim has a nice list of features, including 18-inch wheels, manually adjusted cloth seats, rain-sensing wipers, power heated side mirrors, automatic LED headlights and roof rails. Also standard is a stereo system with six speakers, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two USB ports. Standard safety gear includes a blind-spot monitor, rear-traffic alert and forward-collision warning. Move up the trim-level ladder, and you’ll get even more standard features.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.