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Are you looking to get a new Volkswagen SUV? IF so, you’ve probably come across the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. While they share a similar name, there are some key differences between the two.To help you decide which SUV is personally best for your commute around the Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, and Lake Forest areas, our team here at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine takes a closer look below at the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.


Volkswagen Atlas vs VW Atlas Cross SportPassenger Space of the VW Atlas vs VW Atlas Cross Sport

Most drivers that are looking to get an SUV want it for its added space and versatility compared to a sedan. With either of these models, that is exactly what you will get.

However, the Volkswagen Atlas is the more family-focused SUV of the two. That is because it has three rows of seating with room for seven passengers in total. The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport can fit five passengers between its two rows.

While each vehicle also provides over 41 inches of legroom to its front seats, it is the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport that actually gives your rear passengers more room. That is because in its second row, there is 40.4 inches of legroom compared to the 37.6 inches in the second row of the Volkswagen Atlas.


Volkswagen Atlas vs VW Atlas Cross Sport Offering That Premium Volkswagen Design

While these two SUVs offer a lot of the same features, they do differ when it comes to their overall designs.

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport has a lower roofline that offers a sleek and sportier appearance. Its athletic stance is shorter in both length and height compared to the 2020 VW Atlas. Both exteriors also feature LED headlights, LED taillights, and LED Daytime Running Lamps.

Both SUVs are built with that classic Volkswagen design inside their cabins, too. They are clean and functional with an overall premium feel. The two-tone design available inside the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport provides a uniquely bold look.

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas offers a true sense of luxury with the standard dual-zone climate control system and available Captain’s Chairs for the second row.


Volkswagen Atlas vs VW Atlas Cross Sport Other Differences of the 2020 VW Atlas vs 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport

Both of these Volkswagen SUVs offer essential the same performance. That is because each is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

They each provide smooth and quick acceleration too thanks the 8-speed automatic transmission equipped in both models. They 2020 VW Atlas though does offer another engine option. Its available 3.6L V6 engine is able to produce 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft for more powerful performance.

Switching gears to safety, the VW Atlas and VW Atlas Cross Sport come standard with a handful of driver-assistive features, like Front Assist and Blind Spot Monitor. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport offers additional safety systems not available with the VW Atlas. This includes the available Dynamic Road Sign Display and Traffic Jam Assist.


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As you can see, both of these SUVs offer their own set of unique benefits. Choosing between the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Volkswagen Atlas Sport will depend on what you personally need when driving around the Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, and Lake Forest areas.

Whether you need the extra seating in the 2020 VW Atlas or want the sleeker design that the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport provides, you can come check out either of these SUVs here at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine!


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