Difference between the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and the Atlas Cross Sport

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Atlas, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport on Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 6:36 pm
2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport red side view

Is the 2021 VW Atlas different than the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport?

Finding the right SUV can be hard, even if you’ve already narrowed down your options to the impressive Volkswagen brand. You have a big decision to make. There are four Volkswagen SUVs currently on offer with the all-electric ID.4, the Tiguan, the Atlas, and the Atlas Cross Sport. Many will find themselves cross-shopping the two models with Atlas in the name, and with their unique design and style, we don’t blame them. Is the 2021 VW Atlas different than the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport? Learn more here, and if you are looking for one of these SUVs in McMinnville, OR right now? Click one of our inventory links below.

How do the Atlas models fit into the Volkswagen SUV lineup?

We will get into more specifics later, but in very simple terms the Atlas Cross Sport is the smaller and more affordable version of the Atlas. However, the lineup is a little complicated. In terms of MSRP, the lineup begins with the Tiguan, and goes up from there with the Atlas Cross Sport, Atlas, and the all-electric ID.4.


2021 Volkswagen model lineup


2021 Volkswagen Atlas front view

Which 2021 VW Atlas is the largest?

In terms of overall size, the ID.4 is the smallest before going up to the Tiguan, Atlas Cross Sport, and the largest Atlas. There are some differences though in how these SUVs utilize their size though. As the Tiguan actually has a little more passenger room than the Atlas Cross Sport.

The Atlas Cross Sport offers 112 cubic-feet of passenger room and the Atlas tops the lineup with 154 cubic-feet of passenger room. This makes sense as the Atlas offers seating for up to 7 passengers whereas the Atlas Cross Sport tops out with a passenger capacity of 5.

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2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport V6 engine

Are there engine and performance differences between the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport?

The 2021 Atlas and the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport both have the exact same engine options. The lineup begins with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that can deliver up to 235 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. This engine offers up to 21-city and 24-highway mpg regardless of which of these two SUVs it is in.

Additionally, there is a 3.6-liter V6 engine option in both models that delivers 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque with up to 17-city and 23-highway mpg. Though both base engines are the same, the 2.0-T versions of the Atlas can provide up to 2,000 pounds of towing whereas the 2.0-T Atlas Cross Sport models do not provide towing capacity. The larger 3.6-liter V6 provides up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.

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