2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs Atlas

A Practical Comparison

A VW Atlas and an Atlas Cross Sport parked in a desert

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

Volkswagen Atlas
S

Volkswagen Atlas S

CAPACITY

7 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L Turbo (TFSI) R4

235 hp @ 5,000-6,200 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-Speed Automatic w/ Tiptronic and Sport Mode

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

21/24

STARTING MSRP

$31,555

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
S

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport S

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L Turbo (TFSI) R4

235 hp @ 5,000-6,200 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-Speed Automatic w/ Tiptronic and Sport Mode

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

21/24

STARTING MSRP

$30,855

Which VW Atlas is Right for You?

Stop into South Motors Volkswagen, your premier Volkswagen dealer, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. Our friendly salespeople will be happy to explain the differences between Volkswagen’s two largest SUVs, and which has the capacity and features that best fit your active lifestyle.

Test drive the 2021 Cars.com Family Car of the Year, the 7 passenger VW Atlas with 3-row seating and up to 96.8 cu ft of cargo space, or the sporty 5 passenger 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport with 2-row seating, a graceful roofline, and plenty of cargo room—up to 77.8 cu ft—enough for skis, camping gear, and anything else you need for your adventures.

Comfort and Performance Inside and Out

Bring everyone along for a comfortable ride in the VW Atlas with modern interior styling, and a spacious cabin with available V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, 3-zone automatic climate control, and generous 2nd and 3rd row seating. You can enjoy the strong, sophisticated exterior design that exudes confidence on the road, and let your passengers know that the sky’s the limit with the available power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof.

The sleeker, raked roofline and unique bumpers and badging of the Atlas Cross Sport ensure that it looks as good as it performs. Choose your interior style with V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces or available two-tone Vienna leather. And, with the available nearly-five-foot-long panoramic sunroof, your adventures will be that much bigger and brighter.

True SUV Capability and Versatility

Both the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport offer you a choice of eight trims—three each with the high performance R-Line capability and badging. Trims include the S, SE, SE with technology, SE R-Line w/ technology, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line.

The 2021 Atlas and 2021 Atlas Cross Sport come with two engines—the standard 2.0L Turbo engine with 8-Speed Automatic transmission w/ Tiptronic® mode, that lets you switch to manual for better control over your driving experience, or the 3.6L V6 engine w/ Tiptronic®, that boosts your power from 235 to 276 hp.

All trims also give you the option of 4MOTION® with Active Control, Volkswagen’s four-wheel drive system that sends power to all four wheels when needed in slippery or adverse conditions, to give you as much traction as possible. Just turn the dial, and you can change between four available 4MOTION all wheel drive modes including Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom Mode.

Equipping You with Peace of Mind

Whether you’ve decided on the Atlas or Atlas Cross Sport, Volkswagen makes sure you’re prepared for anything with a suite of standard safety features including six passive stability-enhancing systems like Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution—that helps maintain proper stopping power during a hard-braking situation, and Electronic Stability Control—that helps adjust engine throttle and apply corrective forces to the wheels when needed.

You also get a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, a Rear View Camera System with a wide lens to help you see obstacles when backing up, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that slows your vehicle down after a collision, and the Intelligent Crash Response System that aids in the event of a collision by deploying airbags, turning off the fuel pump, unlocking the doors, and activating the hazard lights.

Full interior view of a VW SUV

High-Tech Active Safety Features

For more active help on the roadways, both the Atlas and Atlas Cross-Sport offer Volkswagen’s IQ. DRIVE®, their advanced drivers assistance technology that features hands-on, semi-autonomous capability and intelligent features to help you conquer the road ahead.

Available systems include Lane Assist, Front Assist with Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Pedestrian Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Side Assist, Rear Traffic Alert, Emergency Assist, and Travel Assist.

Travel Assist welcomes you to an easier drive with a hands-on semi-autonomous driving assistant that will support you with accelerating, braking, and steering within your lane while you keep your hands on the steering wheel. The camera and sensors of this system keep you centered in your lane and help you maintain a preset distance from the vehicle ahead.

Keeping it Easy and Keeping You in The Loop

Keep everything easy in the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport with available features like keyless access and wireless charging for all of your compatible devices. You can also keep on track with the sleek glass available touchscreen navigation system with dynamic route guidance to assist you with updated maps and turn-by-turn directions.

The App-Connect feature with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® compatibility lets you plug-in your smartphone, or connect wirelessly, to your infotainment display to interface with your favorite apps, music, and navigation on the big screen.

The available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit lets you customize your driver’s display, by showing important information like speed, travel time, route guidance, elevation, and assistance systems in a high resolution, easy-to-read digital display.

Available high-tech driver assistance features make your commutes and road trips easier with the help of systems like Dynamic Road Sign Display, Park Distance Control w/ Maneuver Braking, Light Assist, Park Assist, and Area View—an available Overhead Camera that gives you a view of the entire area around your vehicle.

Check Out the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport

For the full story on all of the outstanding standard and available features on the 2021 Atlas and 2021 Atlas Cross Sport, stop into South Motors Volkswagen today. Have one of our knowledgeable Volkswagen of America salespeople show you our lineup, or feel free to take a test drive, and let one of these top performing SUVS speak to you directly.