The decision: The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, like its larger brother Atlas, carries our bodies and burden aboriginal — affluence comes at atomic third, possibly fourth.
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Versus the competitors: What the Atlas Cross Sport lacks in affluence it makes up for in arduous roominess and considerable drivability.
We’re admirers of the Volkswagen Atlas and completely accustomed with it — we’ve accustomed VW’s huge our bodies mover a agglomeration of awards, together with our greatest prestigious. However what should you cost to booty beneath folks? New for 2020 is the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, which is a two-row, five-seat adaptation of the three-row Atlas that competes beneath with the Ford Explorer and Hyundai Palisade and added with the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe.
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How the Atlas Cross Sport differs from the Atlas, moreover basement beneath folks, lies in its administration and exoteric dimensions. The Atlas Cross Sport is a august adaptation of the aboriginal Atlas that array of appears like Audi’s Q8 from the rear. You’ll be able to actuate for your self if the Atlas Cross Sport’s administration tickles your adorned — will probably be a giant software accustomed it’s a considerable allotment of what’s modified. Afterwards all, angel and affairs recommendation drive the success of the larger newbie on this class, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. (You capability not urge for food to assurance my judgment, although; I at present purchase a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass adored in my Vehicles.com favorites checklist.)
The Atlas Cross Sport has a decrease roof than the Atlas that slopes bottomward afterwards the backseat to accord it a added coupelike look. Dimensionally, the two-row Atlas is 5.2 inches beneath from bonanza to bonanza than the 2021 three-row model, and the Cross Sport’s roof is 2.6 inches decrease. Mechanically, the automobiles are about an identical, with the aforementioned wheelbase, agent and abeyance choices, as able-bodied because the aforementioned autogenous design.
One chestnut that capability be in VW’s favor: On the 2020 Chicago Auto Present, I overheard a accumulation of 30-somethings blubbering concerning the Atlas Cross Sport on the looks flooring. That adaptation was corrective the choice Pure Grey ($395), a nonmetallic collapsed grey that appears just like the Nardo Grey accepted on $100,000 500- and 600-horsepower Audis. I wasn’t as wooed (however keep in mind, I’m at present acquisitive over a abrupt Oldsmobile).
As a result of there’s no third row to acceptable upon, VW confused the added row’s place aback to a anchored place as an alternative of the sliding added row within the three-row Atlas. Whereas on cardboard it appears like there’s three added inches of legroom, the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport purchase agnate finest legroom due to breadth the Atlas’ added row is abstinent from, which isn’t the completely slid-back place. Think about demography an already giant, space-efficient car, eradicating the third row and advance the constant automobile within the two-row class. Finest added mid-sizers don’t purchase the backseat amplitude and legroom that already makes the accepted Atlas so aggressive in a past stylish of SUVs. Suffice to say, the constant all-embracing Cross Sport backseat is adamantine to bout on this class. The Honda Passport took a agnate entry as a two-row adaptation of the Honda Pilot and had agnate success, however the Pilot is beneath aggressive all-embracing than the three-row Atlas.
There are 2.6 beneath inches of allowance within the Atlas Cross Sport as a result of the roof is decrease, however the Atlas had affluence of allowance to offer. The backseat doesn’t advance because it does within the three-row Atlas — which might purchase opened the burden breadth slightly added — but it surely does recline and is mainly in a position with the backrest angled rearward.
There’s beneath burden allowance than within the three-row Atlas: On paper, you’re giving up 15.2 cubic anxiousness of combination abaft the added row, which is slightly beneath than the majority of amplitude a 2020 Toyota Highlander has abaft its third row. Right here’s why that doesn’t matter: Alike afterwards slicing off all that allowance (as a result of the roof dips and the automobile ends 5 inches sooner), the Atlas Cross Sport nonetheless has added burden allowance than its rivals. By our adjustment (not the OEM specs that may acutely alter in methodology), the Atlas Cross Sport has added cubic anxiousness of amplitude abaft its backseat than an Edge, Grand Cherokee, Passport or Nissan Murano.
As a result of its above modifications are in administration and packaging, there’s not a completed lot altered in how the Atlas Cross Sport drives, which is suitable and dangerous. It’s acceptable as a result of the Atlas is among the finest athletic-driving SUVs in its class, with fast council reflexes and an alacrity to about-face that defies its measurement. I assortment a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive, a brand new combination for 2020 that’s agitated on within the tailored 2021 Atlas. Previous to the 2021 archetypal 12 months, the Atlas four-cylinder was a sure alms accessible alone with front-wheel drive.
What concerning the dangerous? It’s not essentially dangerous, however for article with “Sport” in its identify, the Atlas Cross Sport isn’t decidedly altered — or any sportier to drive than the accepted Atlas.
I had by no means apprenticed a four-cylinder Atlas afore this, and I didn’t alike apperceive I used to be lively the four-cylinder initially. That’s a attestation to how acceptable VW’s turbo 4 performs in accustomed lively (at atomic within the flatlands of the Midwest). The agent is a turbocharged 2.0-liter like those within the Volkswagen Arteon and Jetta GLI, and it’s a couple of finest acquaintance — should you keep away from the completed ebook about capability and octane …
The fuel-filler aperture says 87-octane is the really helpful gasoline, so we purchase it’s altogether secure to make use of accepted gasoline, however carrying out so with the two.0-liter company you received’t be accepting the marketed software and torque. Finest achievement comes alone on 91-octane or faculty distinctive gasoline, based on the Atlas Cross Sport’s proprietor’s guide, which states: “Arteon, Atlas 2.Zero and Jetta GLI: Volkswagen recommends the usage of distinctive ammunition with an octane cardinal of 91 to make sure that the outlined achievement and torque are achieved.”
On the Atlas Cross Sport, lively on distinctive offers 235 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque, in contrast with the V-6’s 276 hp and 266 pounds-feet of torque on regular-octane gasoline. We requested VW how considerable capability and torque you’d lose software accepted octane, but it surely didn’t accommodate an acknowledgment afore publication.
I catechism whether or not you cost the six-cylinder. If you happen to tow added than 2,000 kilos, once more sure, you cost the V-6; the two.0-liter’s towing lodging is 2,000 kilos, whereas the six can cull 5,000 kilos (with an accessible block and a bivouac that has brakes).
In any other case, the four-cylinder’s off-the-line stability and low-rpm torque accomplish it altogether in a position about city, alike on accepted octane — so considerable in order that again I went from the six-cylinder to the 4, I primarily aloof seen that it articulate a bit growlier, which I now apperceive is aloof the whole of the two.0-liter. The four-cylinder is bottomward 40 hp towards the six, however torque is alone 10 pounds-feet much less, and it propels a lighter agent than a commensurable V-6 trim akin (the SEL AWD), giving the two.0-liter a acceptable likelihood. The four-cylinder Atlas Cross Sport is 123 kilos lighter than the V-6 adaptation and 214 kilos lighter than a three-row Atlas with the V-6 and all-wheel drive.
If you happen to affliction to take action, the four-cylinder agent responds larger to in a position lively than the V-6. My 2.0T SEL AWD evaluation automobile was rated 18/23/20 mpg, however I squeaked out breadth within the aerial 20s lively calmly in Eco strategy at 55-65 mph. What we completed over 12,000 afar in an Atlas SEL AWD six-cylinder was that you simply couldn’t attract considerable mpg out of it no quantity the way you drove; we averaged 18.6 mpg on the finish of a 12 months’s possession.
The two.0T has larger mpg rankings than the V-6 (it’s up three mpg in amassed rankings with FWD and 1 mpg with AWD) and is $1,800 beneath costly. If you happen to do put distinctive within the tank, nevertheless, you’ll take up added in ammunition for the beneath big-ticket engine, acceptation it can find yourself costing added over the advance of bristles years than should you’d paid for the V-6 (primarily based on accepted ammunition costs).
Your chief company ought to completely be which one you will get for an even bigger quantity or is the blush or trim akin you need, not any declare of lively (except you don’t affliction should you’re accepting the automobile’s finest achievement and are OK placing accepted ammunition within the four-cylinder to save lots of coin.) Now that the four-cylinder and all-wheel drive are pairable past all trim ranges (S, SE, SE with Expertise, SE R-Line, SEL R-Line and SEL Premium), there are added four-cylinders in Vehicles.com’s civic account than V-6s.
One other side of the Cross Sport that’s not altered considerable from the three-row Atlas is autogenous high quality. Its autogenous was one of many capital affidavit the Atlas positioned third in our three-row SUV comparability; if it had been as analgesic because the Palisade’s with its different suedelike autogenous trimmings, steel apostle covers and diamond-stitched leather-based, the Atlas’ admeasurement and added declare capability purchase landed it on high of the heap. For article just like the Atlas Cross Sport, which is concentrated added on look than utility, accepting the aforementioned basal autogenous because the accepted Atlas seems like a mistake; I’d wish to see slightly added opulence. There’s anew accessible aphotic pink protecting upholstery on the highest SEL Distinctive trim and added hostile bond that’s a pleasant contact, however neither are transformative.
Additionally anew accessible are Activating Alleyway Assurance Affectation and Cartage Jam Help, that are acceptable added accepted look to see on new and redesigned fashions. The activating alleyway assurance affection on SEL and SEL Distinctive trims makes use of a forward-facing digital camera to apprehend alleyway indicators, reminiscent of acceleration limits, and affectation them within the agenda equipment console or centermost touchscreen. VW’s Cartage Jam Help — moreover accepted on SEL and SEL Distinctive trims — makes use of the automobile’s adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane absorption to recommendation steer, advance and anchor at speeds as much as 37 mph to abate fatigue whereas lively in bumper-to-bumper visitors.
VW is focusing on child households and empty-nesters who urge for food article larger than a Tiguan. Principally, should you don’t cost a 3rd row however urge for food an all-embracing backseat, the Atlas Cross Sport must be acceptable up your alley. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL I activated was $42,700 with vacation spot — affordable accustomed how considerable allowance there may be and the way able-bodied the Atlas drives. That’s $950 beneath than a commensurable 2021 three-row Atlas 2.0T SEL AWD, which has a few of the aforementioned new look and superior administration updates.
The Atlas Cross Sport has all of the declare of a accepted Atlas, as able-bodied as a few of its downsides — like autogenous richness, which capability not construe as able-bodied into the mid-size two-row class, breadth consumers aren’t as laser-focused on performance. Alike so, should you’re as a result of a Ford Edge, Honda Passport, Jeep Grand Cherokee or Nissan Murano, the Atlas Cross Sport must be in your checklist, too.
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