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If you're in the market for a roomy, versatile, and well-equipped SUV with bold style and comfortable driving dynamics, Volkswagen offers two of the most compelling options in their respective segments: the VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. At first glance, they appear pretty similar. In addition to similar model names and aesthetics, each offers spacious accommodations, flexible cargo capacity, and a variety of desirable amenities and tech features. However, there are several attributes that differentiate these two SUVs and make them suitable for different needs and preferences. To help you decide which one is best for you, here's a quick look at some of their most notable distinguishing characteristics.


Both the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport find their standard motivation in a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine (235 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) paired with either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. A 3.6L V6 (276 hp, 266 lb-ft) is also available across the Atlas lineup, while the Atlas Cross Sport offers the V6 as an option on all but the S and SE trims.

Additionally, both models come standard with LED headlights, roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5" touchscreen (upgradable to 8"), and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Standard driver aids include collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

  • Seating: 5
  • Dimensions: 195.5L - 78.4W - 67.8H
  • Cargo Space (behind 2nd and 1st rows): 40.3 / 77.8 cubic feet
  • Headroom (1st/2nd row): 39.4 / 37.8 inches
  • Legroom (1st/2nd row): 41.6 / 40.4 inches

While some similarly sized crossovers include a small third row that's really only suitable for children, the VW Atlas Cross Sport leverages its larger dimensions to provide more room for rear passengers and more cargo space behind the second row. It's a great option for smaller families or anyone seeking more versatility from their daily driver.

Volkswagen Atlas

  • Seating: 6-7
  • Dimensions: 198.3L - 78.3W - 77.0H
  • Cargo Space (behind 3rd, 2nd, and 1st rows): 20.6 / 55.5 / 96.8 cubic feet
  • Headroom (1st/2nd/3rd row): 41.3 / 40.4 / 38.3 inches
  • Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd row): 41.5 / 37.6 / 33.7 inches

If your larger Westminster family needs extra space and seatbelts, then the VW Atlas is an excellent option. It's a little larger than its Cross Sport sibling, offering seating for up to seven passengers, with plenty of third-row room, even for adults. And if you don't need the extra seat, you can open up the space even further by opting for second-row captain's chairs.

Test-drive new Volkswagen SUVs near Thornton, CO

If you'd like more information about the VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport and their available trims, options, and special loan and lease offers, please reach out to Ed Carroll Volkswagen at your convenience. And if you'd like to try out either model for yourself, we welcome you to visit us here in Fort Collins for a test drive. We'd love to give you a tour.

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