Why You Should Pass Up This VW

Why You Should Pass Up This VW


  • Solid interior
  • Sleek silhouette
  • Four year / 50 km warranty

The inconvenients

  • Sub-par interior materials
  • Too expensive
  • Poor ride quality

Don’t get too excited, but let’s get in the backseat of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. The rear space is surprising. Your jaw may actually drop when you encounter the cavernous second row, regardless of how the front seats are adjusted. Sensational. If only we could give bonus points for this VW’s space for passengers and cargo.

But we can’t – there’s more to the mid-size two-row SUV segment than just interior packaging, and that’s why the Atlas Cross Sport falls short of our standards. Even styling – which is arguably more important in a high-end midsize SUV than a more affordable compact – is a mixed bag. From the front, the Atlas Cross Sport looks too much like the three-row family SUV it is based on, although we like the sporty tailgate cover rake that tilts toward the rear bumper.

Even if you dig into the blocky design that is vaguely reminiscent of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, eventually you’ll have to drive the thing. While we wish we had better news, the 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo I-4 engine and 276-horsepower V6 disappointed. A few judges found that the 2.0T engine ran out of steam as you accelerated into freeway speed, and the V-6 wasn’t much better.

“With the V-6, you have to crank the engine to go anywhere,” said Christian Seabaugh, editor. “I think I would recommend the I-4 torquier over the V-6 because at least that doesn’t sound crazy in town.”

With a responsive ride and a drivetrain that goes up too quickly, the Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t have much to offer in terms of dynamics. In fact, our loaded all-wheel-drive V-6 test vehicle pulled off a 100 km / h run in 7.9 seconds, removing just 0.2 seconds from the four-cylinder all-wheel-drive model we also tested. . Oh, what about the competing Toyota Venza, which we prefer to drive over Volkswagens? This 219-horsepower hybrid SUV hits 60 almost half a second faster and also feels more responsive in the real world. Ouch.

But for those drivers who don’t care how fast that half a second is, let’s get back inside. We thank VW for its attractive interior colors; the dark beige leatherette of the $ 39,100 2.0T model and the dark burgundy of the $ 51,210 V-6 SUV impressed the judges. Despite the availability of a digital dashboard and a 360-degree camera system, the rest of the interior is insufficient.

“It’s like Volkswagen is trying so hard to get modern and minimalistic that they sucked all the character out of this interior,” editor Scott Evans said of the 2.0T test car. “It’s so dull and cheap.”

Considering all the hard plastics in the Atlas Cross Sport and cheap HVAC gear, many judges would trade its size and superior warranty for the general Toyota idiom in the blink of an eye.

“What a difference it makes to switch from the Venza to the Atlas Cross Sport,” MotorTrend in Spanish said editor Miguel Cortina. “The Toyota beats that interior, exterior, value and technology by a mile.”

Lately, supporting VW in the US can feel like supporting a well-respected sports team which, with a few exceptions, have fallen on hard times. Without impressive fuel economy from an engine, excellent performance or a high quality interior, the Atlas Cross Sport is hard to recommend. “We know VW is capable of better than this,” Seabaugh said.

Before customers forget the quality of the cars VW was once known for in the United States, we hope the brand can make a difference. For now, those who aren’t swayed by the massive four-year / 50,000-mile interior or base warranty will be easily won over by the competition.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 4Motion
Base price / as tested$ 33,465 / $ 39,100
Power (SAE network)235 hp at 4,500 rpm
Torque (SAE thread)258 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Accel, 0-60 mph8.1 seconds
Quarter mile16.3 seconds at 84.5 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph125 ft
Lateral acceleration0.78g (average)
MT figure eight27.8 s at 0.61 g (average)
EPA City / Hwy / Comb18/23/20 mpg
Vehicle layoutFront-engine 4-door SUV, all-wheel drive, 5 passengers
Engine / transmission2.0L DOHC 16-valve I-4/8-speed turbo engine
Empty weight (Dist F / R)4,351 pounds (57/43%)
Wheelbase117.3 in
Length x Width x Height195.5 x 78.4 x 67.8 inches
Energy consumption, city / highway187/147 kW-h / 100 miles
CO2 emissions, comb0.97 lbs / mile

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 4Motion SEL V6 R-Line
Base price / as tested$ 45,965 / $ 51,210
Power (SAE network)276 hp at 6,200 rpm
Torque (SAE thread)266 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Accel, 0-60 mph7.9 seconds
Quarter mile16.0 s at 140 km / h
Braking, 60-0 mph126 ft
Lateral acceleration0.81 g (average)
MT figure eight27.4 s at 0.61 g (average)
EPA City / Hwy / Comb16/22/19 mpg
Vehicle layoutFront-engine 4-door SUV, all-wheel drive, 5 passengers
Engine / transmission3.6L DOHC 24-valve V6 / 8-speed automatic transmission
Empty weight (Dist F / R)4572 pounds (57/43%)
Wheelbase117.3 in
Length x Width x Height195.5 x 78.4 x 67.8 inches
Energy consumption, city / highway211/153 kW-h / 100 miles
CO2 emissions, comb1.06 lbs / mile

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