2021 Volkswagen Cross Sport vs 2021 Jeep Cherokee Comparison in Columbus, OH

The car-buying process can, at times, be a headache for drivers. There's just so many options and models for drivers to choose from that it can feel impossible to research and compare all of them. That's why we want to help with our model comparison pages, like this one, that contrast new Volkswagen models like the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport with their competitors like the 2021 Jeep Cherokee.

In this comparison, we're going to show you everything drivers need to know about the 2021 VW Cross Sport and the 2021 Jeep Cherokee from the interior to the engine performance to safety and more. Let's see which midsize SUV is the right one for you.

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2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport VS 2021 Jeep Cherokee: Exterior & Interior

The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport has a sporty and modern design that speaks to the bold and sleek engineering of Volkswagen. With the standard 18-Inch tires and 8-inches of ground clearance, the Atlas Cross Sport stands out against the 17-inch tires of the Cherokee as the leader of the pack.

If cargo space is a priority for you, then there's not much of a choice between the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport and 2021 Cherokee. The 2021 Atlas Cross Sport has a standard cargo capacity of 40.3 cubic feet that can expand to 77.8 cubic feet, dwarfing the 2021 Cherokee's capacities of 25.8 and 54.7 cubic feet. But, the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport isn't just spacious, it's also stylish with V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, available heated front and rear seats (not available on the 2021 Cherokee), and the available panoramic sunroof that measures an impressive five-feet long. Whether you're looking for functionality or style, the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport can offer it.


Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with route guidance in 2021 volkswagen atlas cross sport

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport VS 2021 Jeep Cherokee: Technology

When it comes to advanced infotainment technology, both the 2021 Atlass Cross Sport and 2021 Cherokee are bursting with features. Both models have standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as well as Bluetooth® audio streaming. But, only the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport offers the available and exclusive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit which replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a digital display that can display information like route guidance, speed, or travel time in high-resolution right in the driver's instrument cluster. Also only available with the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport is an available Fender Premium audio system. The Atlas Cross Sport has the newest technology from Volkswagen and drivers won't find anything like it in the 2021 Cherokee.

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2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport VS 2021 Jeep Cherokee: Performance

There's not much of a comparison between the standard engines of the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport and 2021 Cherokee. The 2021 Atlas Cross Sport comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that packs a punch with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, far outpacing the standard engine of the 2021 Cherokee which can only muster 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport also offers an available V6 engine with more horsepower (276 hp) than any available engine the 2021 Cherokee can offer. And, for added capability and handling, the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport offers the available 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive with four different drive modes that range from Snow Mode to Off-Road Mode.


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2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport VS 2021 Jeep Cherokee: Safety & Driver-Assist

Both the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport and 2021 Cherokee have been lauded for their safety design with both SUVs earning a five-star overall safety score from the NHTSA. Both models also come standard with some of the latest driver-assist technologies like Blind Spot Monitor, Forward Collision Warning, and more. But, only the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport comes standard with Volkswagen's Car-Net, which gives drivers control of the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport from their smartphone. WIth the VW Car-Net, drivers can remote start their vehicle, find parking, and even keep tabs on other drivers with the Family Guardian Alerts.

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2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport VS 2021 Jeep Cherokee: Value

The 2021 Atlas Cross Sport has a starting MSRP* of $30,855, and while that may be a little more than the 2021 Cherokee at $27,455, there's no doubt that drivers get a greater value for their money with the 2021 Cross Sport. Whether you're looking for more performance, more interior space, or more standard features for entertainment and safety, the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport is the clear winner when it comes to the value it has to offer drivers.

Ready to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport for yourself? Contact our staff at Byers Volkswagen in Columbus, Ohio, for more information or to schedule your test drive today.

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport2021 Jeep Cherokee
$30,885Starting MSRP*$27,455
235 HPStandard Horsepower180 HP
258 lb-ftStandard Torque171 lb-ft
21 MPGStandard Fuel Economy (City)22 MPG
5 PassengersSeating Capacity5 Passengers
40.3 / 77.8 Cubic FeetCargo Capacity (Standard / Max)25.8 / 44.7 Cubic Feet
StandardApple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™Standard
AvailableDigital Instrument Cluster DisplayNot Available
5/5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Rating5/5 Stars
StandardBlind Spot MonitorStandard
StandardRemote Parental AlertsNot Available

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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