Everyone knows the brand Volkswagen and its economical, consumer-friendly vehicle lineups. Its mass-quantity production style is a safe bet for most consumers as its prices are reasonable and buyers get a significant bang for the buck.
For mid- to large-sized SUVs, Volkswagen came to market with the Atlas in 2018 as a passenger- and storage-friendly offering. But in 2020 it came to the market with the Atlas Cross Sport, a similar yet modern twist to the SUV segment. The Atlas Cross Sport boasts similar lines to its big brother the Audi Q8, which is significantly more expensive. To provide consumers with a similar yet cheaper version, the Atlas Cross Sport was born.
Although cheaper on paper, there were no corners cut.
Powertrain options include a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine displacing 121 cubic inches and generating 235 horsepower paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, or the 3.6-liter V6 engine displacing 219 cubic inches and developing 276 horsepower with that same eight-speed automatic transmission, as was found on our Aurora Red Metallic SEL Premium tester.
The frills and thrills historically are excluded with the VW brand, but we noticed some pretty impressive features for the Atlas Cross Sport on our SEL Premium model. Although heads-up display was not present, we loved the heated steering wheel, extended sized sunroof, heated seats, digital instrument cluster, 8-inch infotainment system (easy to use!) and the great ride height produced by the 20-inch wheels.
Significantly comfortable is the first thought that came to mind in our five-seater tester. Lots of space and great sight lines were top qualities; some road noise was the only flaw.
A 4-year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty as well as a 2-year/24,000-mile scheduled carefree maintenance package are included in the purchase price; 24-hour roadside assistance for 3 years/36,000 miles was standard.
For VW, we really enjoy what it provides to the average consumer; a solid brand with improved history, a good array of vehicle lineups and ones that look good while doing so. We are impressed with the Atlas Cross Sport and better understand why you see them on the road more and more every day.
Volkwagen Atlas Cross Sport
As tested: $49,915
MPG: 17 city, 23 highway, 19.2 as tested