What's the Difference Between the VW Atlas & Atlas Cross Sport?

 2022 Volkswagen Atlas 
 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 

Compare the Volkswagen Atlas and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport in Fort Collins

If you're in the market for an impressive SUV, it's no secret that the VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport are both popular options on the Denver streets. Each model comes equipped with high-end technology, plenty of space, and powerful performance. Learn more about how these two Volkswagen SUVs compare before browsing our new VW specials at Ed Carroll Motor Company, Inc.

Power and Performance

The Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport both offer two impressive engine options that allow you to command the Thornton roads ahead. Under the hood of each base model, you'll find a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that moves 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. However, driving enthusiasts will want to take a closer look at the available 3.6-liter V6 setup that delivers an enhanced 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. As you browse, you'll find that each model provides smooth and precise shifting with a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Although front-wheel drive comes standard, you can opt for the 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system with Active Control. This allows you to choose from four drive modes to optimize your driving performance in any condition. Plus, you make your weekend excursions more convenient with these models' maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Interior Space, Stance, and Design

The main difference between these two eye-catching Volkswagen models lies in their interior design. Both options come equipped with modern styling and premium materials that are sure to make your daily Boulder commutes and weekend getaways more relaxing. The VW Atlas gives you access to three spacious rows, offering seating for up to seven passengers. Behind the third row, you'll find 20 cubic feet of cargo space perfect for your luggage. However, the Atlas can become a cargo-hauling machine when you fold down the second- and third-row seats to access up to 96.8 cubic feet of configurable space.

If you're looking for generous cargo space and comfortable seating without the additional bulk, the five-passenger Atlas Cross Sport is up for the task. This four-door hatchback offers 40.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row but can also expand with folding rear seats. You'll also find luxurious features, including heated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and a panoramic sunroof.


No matter which option you choose to bring home, you can expect to stay connected with a large selection of innovative features. The Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport both come standard with a user-friendly touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, you'll have easy access to your important information in high-resolution on the standard Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. As you browse both lineups, you can expect to find other high-tech features, including a wireless charging pad, built-in navigation, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.

Safety Features

For 2022, both the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport received a five-star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Whichever model you bring home, you can expect to feel confident on the roads ahead, knowing you're in good hands. Plus, both options offer an extensive selection of advanced driver-assist technology with the available IQ.DRIVE® system. Some of these intuitive features include:

  • Travel Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Active Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Lane Assist

Which Option is Right for You?

While both models offer impressive performance, comfort-driven amenities, and convenient features, one option may suit your lifestyle more. If you need an SUV that offers maximum passenger space, you'll want to get behind the wheel of the three-row VW Atlas. However, when you bring home the Atlas Cross Sport, you can enjoy a smaller model with a spacious interior offering room for your whole crew and all their gear.

Schedule a Test Drive at Ed Caroll Motor Company Inc.

If you're ready to test out these impressive Volkswagen SUVs for yourself, we encourage you to visit our dealership near Westminster for a test drive. Our experts can walk you through what each option has to offer and help you bring home the model that best fits your needs. Why wait? Get started today by filling out online finance application.