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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE With Technology

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Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

$39,260 $39,260
This bold new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport V6 has a 3.6-liter direct injection engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. It emits 276 horsepower so there is plenty of get-up-and-go for this first year Sport, weighing in at over 4,400 pounds and carried by 20" alloy wheels. The 4Motion AWD with Active Control and Driving Mode Selection provides greater leverage and handles quiet well. The overall ride performance and quality is good, but with all the competition in this category, the Cross Sport falls a tad short against top rivals. The Cross Sport has all the athletic moves on when it comes to turns, cornering and handling overall. 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. 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.
Fuel Economy
20 Combined Miles, 18 City Miles and 23 Highway Miles. 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.
The Car
We give the new Cross Sport a thumbs up for its very attractive and muscular exterior, and high points for the design. On the inside, there is much space for passengers as well as cargo. With its no-nonsense interior, the vehicle has plenty to shine about, though it's in a strong competitive class. There is plenty of technology and safety features, which VW is good at valuing into its models as are the Mazda CX9, Hyundai Palisade, and Kia Telluride.

The 3-seater is roomy for sure. Seats are firm but very spacious and comfortable. Access to the back seat is available via the 60/40 split-folding seats, which also recline. Temperature control is steady with Climatronic dual-zone control air vents. No moon roof in this mid-sized SUV.
The Cross Sport 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.
Six Airbags and seatbelts, LATCH, Anti-Lock Braking System, Disc Brakes, Anti-Slip Braking Regulation, Engine Brake Asist, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Differential Lock, Intelligent Crash Response System, Rear View Camera System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Forward Collision, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and 3 Year/36,000 Mile Roadside Assistance.
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.
Adaptive Cruise Control - Front & Rear, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert, Hill Hold and Hill Decent Control, Remote Engine Start, Keyless Entry Access, Push Button Start, Hands Free Remote Rear Liftgate, USB Charging only Ports in 1st and 2nd Rows.

Composition Media - 8" Touchscreen, AM/FM/HD Radio with USB inputs voice control and Sirius XM Radio with limited time subscription, 6 speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, VW App-Connect for Smartphone. Wireless charger. Remote Starter is quite handy in inclement weather.
Check out the SE - its standard features include: 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.
Aesthetics & Styling
VW designers sure do pay attention as this SUV is quite attractive on the exterior. Some say it's almost too squared off, but many buyers prefer this look. Clean lines all the way around on the 2020 VW Atlas. Leather interior seating and steering. Automatic adjustments on driver side only; manual adjustments on the passenger side. Faux wood accents on dash and side doors. Ample amount of packing space. Heating and cooling reward those in the front seats.

Good visibility throughout vehicle, no impairment or blind spots. Rubber mats in front and in rear of vehicle as well as on the rear seats - great use to easily shed and clean dirt or grime off.

Spare tire included.
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.
4 Year/50,000-mile New Vehicle limited warranty. 7 Year/100,000-mile Corrosion Perforation warranty. 2 Year/20,000-mile Carefree Maintenance. 3 Year/36,000-mile 24 Hour Roadside Assistance. Four-year, 50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; which includes coverage for powertrain components, limited warranty against corrosion perforation.