The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport has many features in common with its Atlas namesake, but the Atlas Cross Sport has dynamic styling with a smaller back end and a lower roofline. The VW Atlas seats seven passengers in three rows, while the Atlas Cross Sport has seating for five in two rows. This midsize SUV gets the same engine choices as its Atlas sibling. While the Atlas Cross Sport is smaller than the Atlas, there’s still ample passenger and cargo space. Atlas Cross Sport buyers who are customers of the Seaside Volkswagen dealership say they appreciate the model’s sporty driving dynamics and comfortable ride.
The VW Atlas Cross Sport gets some changes for 2021, including the latest version of the MIB3 infotainment system that’s standard on SE and higher models. According to the Volkswagen dealer near Seaside, this setup features wireless App-Connect. SEL and higher trims come with Travel Assist and Emergency Assist.
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets high marks from the automotive reviewers at Edmunds:
“With a focus on interior space and comfort, plus an eye toward splashy technology features on some trims, the Atlas Cross Sport is one of the more upscale offerings in its class. ... [I] t’s at home on tight urban streets or long sweeping roads thanks to a comfortable ride and impressive responsiveness when it comes to steering and handling.”
The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport is available in eight trim levels, starting with the base S and then moving up to the SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line. At the top of the trim-level ladder are the SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line. Powering the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates a respectable 235 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. An optional 3.6-liter V6 develops 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard.
The range-topping SEL trim gets standard all-wheel drive, while the others get standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimated max of 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway.*
Inside, there’s ample space for cargo, with 40.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 77.8 cubic feet with the second row folded. Passengers in the back row will appreciate the generous amount of space and abundant leg room.The base VW Atlas Cross Sport S trim includes 18-inch wheels, cloth seats, automatic wipers, power heated side mirrors, automatic LED headlights, roof rails, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Safety features that come standard include forward-collision warning, a blind-spot monitor and rear-traffic alert. The VW Atlas Cross Sport adds more features as you move up to the higher trims.
The 2021 Atlas Cross Sport received the highest rating of five stars for overall safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 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.