2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport: Size–and style–really do matter

3 Jul 2020 | 192 views | No Comment
  By Don Hammonds Most people who buy SUVs likely aren't very bothered by boxy styling. They buy SUVs for purposeful reasons, for the most part--and not necessarily are motivated by the coolest styling on the  block. But all that certainly isn't true of  us style hounds. We want wheels that look good, turn heads, and have some personality and name brand identity. It's for those style and sporty hounds that VW clearly introduced the VW Atlas Cross Sport. The Cross Sport is essentially a lopped off Atlas, which, while it looks okay, isn't exactly going to turn a lot of heads with its huge, boxy design. Not so the Cross Sport. It is definitely out for cool. It looks dramatically different from the larger Atlas and its front end looks like it could suck the life out of anything that comes near it.  From the side it looks far more aggressive and dynamic than the modest looking Atlas, and the Cross Sport's racy side character lines and its profile, and its sleek looking roofline are purely all its own. So there's some very definite differentiation between the two models. I found the Cross Sport to be quiet, immensely comfortable, and would certainly be my choice for a long highway trip, especially because of all the room it has. And that cavern of a trunk around back--wow!  I must admit that it got second looks on the road, and my kids, once they rode in it, were spending quite a bit of time researching the Cross Sport after we parked.  That alone is a good indicator of the Cross Sport's potential, is it not? So let's take a closer look at the Cross Sport:     2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE With Technology Price: $39,260 Performance: The Cross Sport has all the athletic moves on when it comes to turns, cornering and handling overall. It definitely carries the VW badge for sportiness.   But....it feels quite heavy and sluggish when you drive it. It's missing a bit of oomph when it comes to acceleration, especially on the highway. Economy: The Cross Sport is rated at 18 city, 23 highway and 20 miles per gallon combined. You will spend about $2,500 more in fuel costs over a five year period compared to the average new vehicle.  It uses five gallons of gas to go 100 miles, and the annual fuel cost $2.000 assuming you drive about 15,000 miles a year and you use gasoline costing $2.70 a gallon. Frankly, the Cross Sport falls way short of its competitors on fuel economy. Five gallons for driving 100 miles? The Car: The Cross Sport (not to be confused with Subaru's Crosstrek, which is a WHOLE universe different from the VW) is a brawny, athletic looking two row SUV that is more or less a smaller two row version of the Atlas, a three row, imposing SUV that VW introduced not long ago.  The Cross Sport is fun to drive, more maneuverable than its size and looks would suggest,  and interior room just goes on for days, not to mention that large amount of space under the hatch, thanks to the removal of the third row of seats. Technology:
There are three main trim levels or flavors, if you will: S, SE and SEL. VW also has some others packages that come with those models, including Technology, Premium and R-Line versions.   In terms of power, you will have either a 235-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 276-hp V6. Of course, you also have the option of 4MOtion, which is the brand's moniker for all wheel drive. Let's take a look at what each model offers to you in standard equipment.
The S version's standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, Blind-spot monitoring, 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and standard safety features like forward collision mitigation, which alerts you of an impending collision and applies the brakes; blind-spot monitor which warns you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot; and rear cross-traffic alert. If  you want to pay a bit more, check out the SE.  Its standard features, along with everything the S model has, include: The SE adds  Keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, 8.0-inch touchscreen and power liftgate.  If you opt to spend even more, you can get the SE with Technology version. It includes, in addition to everything I have already mentioned plus remote start, 20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and household-style power outlet in the second row. That leads us to the SEL, the creme de la creme of the Cross Sport lineup.  You get all the goodies in the lesser models as standard equipment along with adaptive headlights, heated steering wheel, digital instrument panel, navigation system and a panoramic sunroof. But wait!  There's more if you get the SEL Premium version.  Its standard features list also includes power-folding mirrors, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, rear sunshade, an upgraded audio system. Now then. Remember the R-Line package? If you want a sportier look and feel to your Cross Sport, purchase it and you'll also get Specific black-accented bumpers, R-Line badging, stainless steel pedal covers, SE versions  with Technology get unique 20-inch wheels, and SEL and SEL Premium receive special 21-inch wheels. Safety:
The Cross Sport's standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, auto-slip regulation, engine brake assist, electronic brake-pressure distribution hydraulic brake assist, electronic stability control, electronic differential lock, intelligent crash response system, automatic post-collision braking system, rear view camera system and a host of other items. Aesthetics and Styling This is a way cool looking SUV.  The character lines and blisters over the wheel wells, the beefing up of the front end and some intakes up front, and a more dynamic roof line go a long way on the Atlas Cross Sport, and it plays well with teenagers too--my son and his friends are STILL talking about their day riding around in the Cross Sport.  Inside there is so much room to wallow in, even with gear, and it is quite comfortable in terms of seating, too. However, the SE version, which frankly has a plain interior design and presentation which is contrary to the beautiful, rich stuff that Volkswagen has in most of its models, costs quite a bit compared to its competitors. Its two biggest competitors will be the awesome, dramatic looking Chevy Blazer, which sells like hotcakes at around the same price, and Ford's Edge, which also looks snappier than the Atlas Cross Sport. But the Cross Sport is a definite "Yes" for a lot of people. Warranty:  Four year, 50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty; which includes coverage for powertrain components, limited warranty against corrosion perforation.  

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