2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Comparison in Columbus, OH

Upgrading your daily driver to a new family SUV is a popular choice, and we're confident that the Volkswagen lineup has exactly what you want and need. Take the new VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport models, for example. They offer an outstanding value backed by German engineering at an affordable price, but just what's the difference between the two? Below, we look at these two impressive SUVs from Volkswagen to help you better decide which new SUV is right for you and your family. Once you have an idea of what each model offers, we invite you to come experience both firsthand at Byers Volkswagen in Columbus, OH.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs Atlas Cross Sport: Exterior

At first glance, these SUVs appear quite similar. The new 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport illustrates its name with a sleeker rear roofline, side vents, and a bit more aggressive front fascia. Meanwhile, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas presents a more traditional midsize SUV appearance with a squared off rear roofline and sophisticated exterior design. Both models offer great curb appeal with standard eighteen-inch alloy wheels while standard LED headlights and daytime running lights provide excellent visibility on the road. Other standard exterior features shared by both models include heated power mirrors, roof rails, and rain-sensing wipers. If you choose the Volkswagen Atlas, you'll also get standard foglights.

While most of the exterior differences between the VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport come down to style, the rear rooflines do make a difference inside and is perhaps responsible for the biggest distinction between these two Volkswagen SUVs.

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2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. Volkswagen Atlas Interior Styles

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs Atlas Cross Sport: Interior

Inside is where you'll find the biggest difference between these two models. That's because the new 2021 VW Atlas is a three-row SUV with seating for up to seven, and the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is a premium two-row SUV that seats up to five passengers. Since both models share the same wheelbase, but the VW Atlas Cross Sport has the sloped roofline in the rear, so you'll also find significant differences in cargo capacity.

Behind the second row seats of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, you'll have 55.5 cubic feet of cargo space (with the third row folded) while the VW Atlas Cross Sport provides a still convenient 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats down in both models, and you'll find 96.8 cubic feet of available space in the back of a new Volkswagen Atlas while the Atlas Cross Sport offers 77.8 cubic feet of space in the back.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs Atlas Cross Sport: Technology

Certainly, upgrading to a new family SUV is a great choice when it comes to extra space and convenience; but what about keeping everyone informed and entertained -- especially on those long road trips? Well, these are Volkswagen SUVs we're talking about here, so you can count on the very latest in connectivity and entertainment. Both models come standard with two front USB-C ports, App Connect, Bluetooth® with audio streaming, and more. To take control of it all is a 6.5" touchscreen display at the start of both lineups, and both models can be upgraded to include an 8" touchscreen interface. When you get here for a test drive, ask us about how easy and convenient this multimedia system is.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Features

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs Atlas Cross Sport: Safety

A new SUV is a popular choice for growing families, and it's comforting to know just how far automotive safety has come. These new SUVs from Volkswagen are perfect examples of just what's possible in terms of keeping your family safe on the road. No matter which of these choices you decide on, you'll be choosing a level of safety that earned the top five-star safety rating from the folks at the NHTSA. Though, you probably expect nothing less from a Volkswagen. Did you know that these SUVs also come standard with technology that helps you avoid danger in the first place?

Whether you find yourself with a new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas or Atlas Cross Sport SUV, you'll have the added advantage of standard Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and more. In fact, both models also come standard with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of the renowned Front Assist system. It all adds up to a confident journey for you and your family.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs Atlas Cross Sport: Performance

As you may have guessed, these German-engineered SUVs share more than not in terms of performance. Under the hood of the entry-level models, you'll find a 2.0-liter engine that's turbocharged to deliver 235 horsepower to the front wheels through an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode. This impressive drivetrain works with the Start-Stop System to deliver all this power and still get up to 21 MPG in the city and up to 24 MPG on the highway.

As the premier Volkswagen dealer in central Ohio, we've found that many of our customers prefer the improved winter capability of the renowned 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system with Active Control. It's available on the new Volkswagen Atlas and the Atlas Cross Sport. With this AWD system, you can choose from four preset traction models engineered for snow, on-road, off-road, and even a custom setting that lets you choose. If you'd like a bit more power in your next family SUV, both models are also available with an available V6 engine that puts you in control of a healthy 276 horsepower.

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Which VW SUV is Right For You?

The starting MSRP for each model is close, so you're able to choose the model that you like best. If you need a third-row of seating and as much cargo space as you can get in this price range, the new 2021 Volkswagen is clearly the right choice. However, for a sportier ride, you may prefer the two-row VW Atlas Cross Sport. Come check them both out and discover a better dealership experience with us at Byers Volkswagen.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport2021 Volkswagen Atlas
$30,855Starting MSRP*$31,555
235Standard Horsepower235
24 Highway MPG / 21 City MPGStandard Fuel Economy24 Highway MPG / 20 City MPG
276 Horsepower V6Engine Upgrade276 Horsepower V6
5Seating Capacity7
112 cu. ft.Passenger Volume153.7 cu. ft.
40.3 cu. ft.Cargo Space20.6 cu. ft.
77.8 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Space96.8 cu. ft.
StandardLED HeadlightsStandard
StandardRoof RailsStandard

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