2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV

MSRP $30,545 - $44,945

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Compact SUV crossovers have been top sellers for most of the automakers these days and bringing up something new every now and then and helped the market stay afresh. The new Atlas Cross Sport comes in as a strict 5-seater mega-crossover from Volkswagen which has been derived from its bigger sibling, the Atlas, that was introduced back in 2018. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be a completely new model for this year and will sport features identical to the regular Atlas, except for the missing third row of seats and a few inches of rear overhang.

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Pros

Capacious cabin

Impressive standard equipment list

Class-leading cargo space

Cons

Low fuel economy

Slow base engine

What's New?

Completely new model for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30545

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 4500 rpm

torque

258 ft-lb. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.2/12.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

117.3 in.

length

195.5 in.

width

78.3 in.

height

67.7 in.

curb weight

4103 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

112 cu ft.

cargo volume

77.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1091 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/22/24 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$30,545 onwards

SE$33,945 onwards

SE Technology$35,945 onwards

SEL$41,445 onwards

SEL R-Line$44,945 onwards

  • 19-Inch alloy wheels
  • 2nd row automatic hvac controls
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Manual tilt & telescoping steering column

Colors and Styles

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV in Pure White color
Pure White

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.8

Features

6.8

Engine and Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.3

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.5

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be available in a plethora of trims with two powertrain options to choose from. You also get an option to go for either a front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive configuration except for the top SEL Premium trim, which only comes in an AWD drivetrain. The base prices would start from around $30,545 while the AWD trim would cost an extra $2000. The main competition for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be the Chevrolet Blazer Turbo, the Ford Edge, and the Nissan Murano.


6.8/10
Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.3/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.5/10
Competition


2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Features

6.8/10

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport does not come short when it comes to trims. Even though the primary trims are classified into four, namely the S, SE, SEL, and SEL premium, there are around 25 configurations to be chosen from. While the base trim is limited to a 2.0L turbo the higher three variants come with an optional 3.6L V6 as well. An 8-speed automatic will be the sole transmission option available irrespective of what drivetrain option you chose to go for. The top three trims also get an R-line sporty appearance package while the SE trim gets its standalone technology package, which adds in a few creature comfort tech. All trims can also be configured with the 4-motion AWD system except for the top SEL Premium trim, which gets it as standard.

Like the trims on offer, there is no shortage of features on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. For starters, even the base trim gets the full host of driver assistance features and other basic convenience systems such as automatic headlamps, wipers, LED running lights, touchscreen infotainment system, power-operated heated mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and so on. As you go up the Trimline, you stack in more premium features like a dual-zone climate control system, leather upholstery, power seats with memory, power sunroof, bigger infotainment system, surround-view camera, and much more.

Trim

S

SE

SEL

SEL Premium

MSRP(FWD)

$30,545

$33,945

$39,545

NA

MSRP(AWD)

$32,445

$35,845

$41,445

$46,295

 Key Features

A 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system

In addition to S

In addition to SE

In addition to SEL

 

Premium multi-function driver’s display

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system w/ navigation

Heated second-row outboard seats

 

6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat

Wireless smartphone charger

VW digital cockpit

Leather seating surfaces

 

Cloth seating surfaces

10-way power drivers seats with power lumbar

Driver seat memory function

Power folding mirrors

 

Manual air condition

V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces

High beam control

Ventilated front seats

 

Rain sensing wipers

Dual-zone climate control

Interior ambient lighting

Fender Premium Audio system

 

Power-operated heated side mirrors/ Auto-dimming inside mirror

Heated front seats

Heated steering wheel

Standard 4-motion AWD

 

Automatic headlamps with coming/leaving the home feature

Keyless access with push-button start

Power sunroof

Park assist and park distance control

 

All-weather lights with low-speed corner illumination

Remote tailgate function

An adaptive front lighting system

Overhead view camera

 

LED running lights / LED taillights

 

Hands-free /remote tailgate

 

 

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Exterior mirror memory function

 

 

 

 

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Which trim should you buy?

The SE should be the trim to go for in our opinion. It does add a lot more sensible and useful equipment upgrades like a bigger infotainment screen, leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, hands-free tailgate, and keyless entry with a push-button start while keeping the base price in check. The technology pack does include a handful of features like adaptive cruise control, remote start, hands-free tailgate, and park distance control to the aforementioned SE trim, but we think it is a bit insensible for the 2 grand it commands over the base specification.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Engine and Performance

6.5/10

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport does come with two power train options to choose from. The base 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is good for around 235 the 258 lb-ft. of torque. In this configuration, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport zings past the 60mph marker in 7.9 seconds while the quarter-mile comes up in around 16.2 seconds. There is enough power on tap and thanks to the turbos which come into life from revs as low as 1600 rpm, you sure won’t feel left out, especially in in-gear acceleration runs.

If you are looking for something which is slightly quicker and which offers a smoother experience, then the optional 3.6L V6 would be the engine of choice. Not only is it more refined, but it also shaves off around 0.6 seconds off the 0-60 times, posting an impressive 7.3-second run. That said, the throttle response does feel better on the turbo-4 as the meat of the torque kicks in quite early as compared to the naturally aspirated V6 motor. The snazzy 8-speed auto also does need an appreciation here for, sliding through the ratios swiftly and unperceivable.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Chevrolet Blazer LT (Turbo)

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Nissan Murano S

MSRP

$30,545

$33,495

$32,750

$32,880

Engine

2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder

2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder

2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

CVT

Power (hp @ RPM

235 hp @ 4500 rpm

230 hp @ 5000 rpm

250 hp @ 6600 rpm

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

258 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

275 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

240 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.9

7.6

7.6

8.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.2

15.7

15.9

16.4

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

130

130

130

The Nissan Murano, which is only Crossover here to get a V6 as standard, puts out the best power figures here. That said, its sluggish CVT transmission and relatively low torque figures cause it to post the slowest 0-60 run of 8.2 seconds. The Edge and the Blazer Turbo manage identical 0 to 60 mph sprint times but the Chevy gains an advantage in the quarter-mile run thanks to its 200-pound weight advantage over the Ford despite having slightly lesser output numbers. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport meanwhile, finds the middle ground posting a 7.9 second 0-60mph run, crossing the quarter-mile in 16.2 seconds.

How well does the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport handle?

 The2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is not a sporty handler, as the name may suggest, by any stretch of the imagination. The big exterior dimension and hefty curb weight do make it feel a bit confounding at times. The engine and the transmission do a nice job of keeping this crossover on its toes, but the disconnected steering and relatively soft suspension setup make the chassis feel a bit unsettling at times. There is a lot of body roll to deal with as well and pushing it into corners is not the most sensible thing to do when you have a boatload of understeer to deal with first.

That said, its straight-line stability and highway performance did take us by surprise. All the weight it carries does help it tear through the wind rather poised and even the steering does feel rather confidence-inspiring when switching lanes at high speeds. At city paces, this crossover does feel home and the steering effort feels perfect for daily use. The high seating and big glass area do boost the overall visibility aiding in its overall maneuverability.

 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Braking Performance

 The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport comes with a pair of 13.2-inch brake discs at the front while the rear gets smaller 12.2-inch units. Having evolved from its bigger sibling the Atlas, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport does come out as a bit hefty in its class weighing in more than 4,100 pounds. Even then, the Atlas Cross Sport does feel decently capable when it comes to braking thanks to its big front discs and solid supporting hardware. We don’t have official data on the braking distance of the Atlas Cross Sport, but it should manage it in under 130 feet.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Chevrolet Blazer LT (Turbo)

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Nissan Murano S

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.2

12.64

12.4

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.2

12.4

12.4

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

4103

3782

3959

3823

60-0 (feet)

NA

126

129

120

The 2020 Nissan Murano does stop the best here thanks to big 12.6-inch front rotors and relatively low curb weight, managing to stop from 60mph in just 120 feet. This does come surprisingly as the Blazer turbo which sports slightly better hardware and lower curb weight take around six feet more to come to a halt. The hefty Ford Edge, with its smallest-in-class hardware, takes the most distance, managing to come to a complete stop in only 129 feet. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport meanwhile, does come with the biggest front rotors here, but being the only one that weighs over 4,000 pounds, we only expect average stopping performance.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport with its standard 2.0 L turbocharged 4-pot engine is rated for around 22 mpg of combined efficiency by the EPA. With a decent 18.6 gallon tank, you could expect a real-world range of about 410 miles from this machine on a single tank of gas. The highway figures do come in better, with a figure of 24 mpg, pushing the range to almost 446 miles when driven at a sedate steady pace. Going for the 3.5L V6 engine does drop the combined figures to 19 mpg but the highway figure stays more or less the same.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Chevrolet Blazer LT (Turbo)

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Nissan Murano S

MPG (City)

21

21

21

20

MPG (Highway)

24

27

29

28

MPG (Combined)

22

23

24

23

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.6

19.4

18.4

19

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

390.6/446.4/409.2

407.4/523.8/446.2

386.4/533.6/441.6

380/532/437

 The Ford Edge does surprise with its class-winning figures when it comes to the economy despite boasting the most powerful turbocharged unit in this comparison. The Chevrolet Blazer comes close to the Ford in individual figures while its class-biggest 19-gallon gas tank enables it to return the best-combined cycle range. The Murano, being the one with the least strained engine, manages to come close to the class-best in individual economy figures and also boasts one of the biggest fuel tanks in the segment. The hefty Atlas Cross Sport falls to the back of the pack in this regard.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Interior

7.0/10

Being an extension of the regular Volkswagen Atlas, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport comes with an interior that looks and feels almost identical to the former except for the nicer door pads and dual-tone color options. There is a lot of tech on offer and even the base trim comes pretty loaded. If you go with the right trim, you can get this crossover packed with features like a big 8-inch infotainment system, heated and powered driver seats, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and even a wireless charging system. It does not stop at this as the higher trim gets even more premium features like a power sunroof, ventilated seats, heated rear outboard seats, a premium audio system, and much more.

The front seats and the ergonomics feel similar to the ones on the regular Atlas. You get a huge 61.5-inches of shoulder space and around 41.6-inches of legroom at the front. The seats are very accommodating and get power adjustment and heating function. The absence of a third row has brought in a ton of legroom at the rear and the seats get recline function as well. This also has helped extract a 40.3 cu-ft trunk at the back of the second row which is just huge when compared to the competition. That said, the slanted tailgate does mean that you are limited when it comes to the overall capacity, and loading high makes it impossible to close the trunk lid.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Chevrolet Blazer LT (Turbo)

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Nissan Murano S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/61.5/41.6

39.8/59.1/41

40.2/60.3/42.6

39.9/59.5/40.5

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/60.6/40.4

38.6/58.6/39.6

40.3/60.5/40.6

39.8/58.8/38.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

40.3

30.5

39.2

32.1

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport undeniably has the most cabin room and biggest cargo space in this comparison. The Ford Edge comes really close in dimension and even offers better legroom at the front than the Volkswagen. The Chevrolet Blazer and the Nissan Murano have almost similar amounts of cabin space on offer but the Nissan does offer a slightly bigger cargo hold. Realistically, you cannot go wrong with any one of these crossovers when it comes to cabin space but if you need the best cargo are, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport or the Ford Edge is the one to go for. Some standout interior features of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport are;

  • 6.5-inch/8-inch infotainment system
  • Premium multifunction driver’s display
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat*
  • Leatherette upholstery*
  • Heated and ventilated front seats*
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport does come with a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system while an 8-inch unit is available from the second trim onwards. All systems support Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth connectivity features as standard. The upgraded 8-inch unit gets a trial SiriusXM subscription and also supports voice commands in addition. Wireless phone charging and an online navigation system are also on offer in the higher trims while the Fender Premium audio system is only reserved for the top SEL Premium trims. Some standout infotainment features of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport are;

  • 6.5-inch/8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • SiriusXM trial subscription*
  • Bluetooth wireless and AM/FM enabled
  • Steering mounted audio controls
  • Online navigation system*
  • Fender Premium Audio system*

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Exterior

6.3/10

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport looks more or less identical to its full-size Atlas equivalent from the front for an untrained eye with only the bumper sporting minor tweaks. Volkswagen has cut almost 5.2-inches off the regular Atlas’s overall length to get this Cross Sport silhouette while the wheelbase, which measures in at 117.3-inches remains untouched. The truncated design at the rear end has paid its dividends and has made the whole crossover looks sportier and feels much more muscular now.

The Atlas Cross Sport does also packs in a lot of exterior equipment and features like full LED Automatic headlamps with LED running lights, LED tail lamps, low-speed cornering lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated and power-adjustable mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels come in as standard. Going for a higher trim gets you novelty equipment like a power sunroof, bigger wheels, and a hands-free tailgate operation.

Models

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Chevrolet Blazer LT (Turbo)

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Nissan Murano S

Curb Weight (lb)

4103

3782

3959

3823

Length (inches)

195.5

191.4

199.8

192.4

Width (inches)

78.4

76.6

75.9

75.4

Height (inches)

67.8

67

68.3

67.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

8

7.4

NA

6.9

Wheelbase (inches)

117.3

112.7

112.2

111.2

The huge size makes the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport the roomiest crossover here but the 4,103-pound curb weight has inevitably come at the cost of performance though. The Blazer meanwhile, with its lightest frame manages to be the best performer while lacking usable room as certain competitors both in the cabin and cargo hold. The Ford Edge, on the other hand, offers the best compromise of size and performance, as the powerful engine compensates rather well for its relatively higher curb weight. Some standout exterior features of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport are;

  • Full LED headlamps with LED running lights
  • LED taillamps
  • Low-speed cornering lights
  • Heated and power-adjustable mirrors
  • 18-inch alloy wheels (20-inch available)
  • Power Sunroof (o)
  • Hands-free Power tailgate (o)

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport comes out rather good when it comes to structural safety. It has earned a 5-star crash test rating from the NHTSA while the IIHS rated it an overall “good” rating. The crossover also sports a commendable list of active driver assistance systems including a Blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking assist, and front pedestrian monitoring. The higher trims do add features like lane change assist, high beam assist, park distance control, and dynamic road sign display over the standard package. Some standout safety features of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport are;

  • Blindspot and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward emergency brake assist
  • Lane change assist*
  • High beam assist*
  • Backup camera (top view available)

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Competition

9.5/10

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 Chevrolet Blazer (Turbo)

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport starts at a lower base price and does offer a whole lot more usable space than the Chevrolet Blazer. The Volkswagen also does offer a whole lot more equipment for the price and also offers a wider spectrum of configurations to choose from. The Chev meanwhile, offers slightly better performance and surprisingly better economy thanks to the lower curb weight and availability of more transmission ratios to play with. That said, if we were to choose one, it would obviously be the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport because it comes out as the better value proposition here.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 Ford Edge

Even though the Ford Edge comes nearly $2000 dearer than the base Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, it does pack in a better engine which is both more powerful and economical than the one on the Volkswagen. The Ford also has better road mannerisms and is the nicer handling crossover here. That said, the Atlas Cross Sport does hit back with its lavish cabin and cargo room which betters the Ford, while offering a wider and cost-effective array of trims for the customers to choose from. The VW also feels more premium and robust than the Ford on initial looks. Both cars do come evenly matched in most of the traits and opting for one should solely rely on brand preference and service availability.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs 2020 Nissan Murano

Nissan is the only one here that offers a standard V6 engine here and surprisingly it is even more economical than the smaller engine on the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport. That said, the sore thumb here is Nissan’s CVT transmission, which not only is noisy at high revs but also eats into the real-world performance of the otherwise peppy and smooth V6 engine. Also, when it comes to practicality, the Murano doesn’t even come close to the Atlas Cross Sport which dwarfs the Nissan. Moreover, with starting prices which are over a grand off the Nissan Murano, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport does make better sense.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Final Verdict

The new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is undoubtedly the most capacious five-seater crossover that you would come across in this segment. With close to 25 trim configurations to choose from, there is an Atlas Cross Sport for everyone. This crossover does pack in a lot of standard equipment right from the base trim and you won’t find yourselves going for the priciest trim to get the best experience out of it. Even the base engine feels really potent aiding excellent driving for a 4000 pound SUV. If you ask us, for a starting price of just over 30 grand, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is a steal of a deal.

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