- 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

Does The Atlas Cross Sport Make A Great Family SUV?

I had the keys to this Atlas Cross Tour for a week. Here are my thoughts.

The Atlas Cross Sport made its debut last year after Volkswagen decided the much larger 3-row SUV Atlas should have a smaller SUV variant. People are wondering if the Cross Sport is worth the money or should they move on to the Atlas and I can't say I don't understand them. But what I can say is if the Cross Sport makes a great family SUV. So, does the Atlas Cross Sport make a great family SUV? Let's find out.

Exterior Styling

"...like a dismissive..."

The exterior styling of the Atlas Cross Sport is not only short than that of the Atlas in length and height but is also sleeker looking. It has curves and edges, except they are smoother than the Atlas. The trunk has been rounded out as well to make the rear look slimmer and rounded. Where the Atlas looks more boxy and aggressive, the Cross Sport seems to be a bit more laid back like a dismissive parent after a long day of work.

Interior Design

"...as it should..."

The interior design of the Atlas Cross Sport is typical of a Volkswagen vehicle. A blend of plastic, bits of metal, and leather put together to make a welcoming center to begin the journey. The seats are comfortable and offer plenty of support for any journey be it short or long. Cabin space is spacious as it should be since the Cross Sport is, after all, an SUV. The trunk has enough room for what is needed for a few week's worths of groceries, or a week's long trip with the family. Again, as expected of an SUV.

Pricing and Options

So, how much does this Atlas Cross Sport cost? After adding everything up, the total price comes to $49,915. What does that get a potential owner? For safety, the Cross Sport comes with a dynamic road sign display, parking assists with distance control and steering in the front and rear, advanced airbag protection system, electronic stability control, electronic differential lock, intelligent crash response, post-collision braking system, IQ.Drive that has travel assist, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and keeping system, emergency assist, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, and an overall safety score of "5 Stars" with "4 Star" ratings going to frontal crash and rollover. For comfort and convenience, the Atlas Cross Sport comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated powered front seats with memory positions, multiple USB ports, manual roll-up sunshades for the back seat, ambient lighting, wireless phone charger, infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, Fender premium audio system with subwoofer, and sat-nav.


"...as the category..."

The 3.6L V6 under the hood of the Atlas Cross Sport produces 276 horsepower and 266-lbs. of torque to all four wheels. With my driving habits, I was able to achieve 16 miles per gallon. Fuel economy then isn't too bad for an SUV. Road comfort was as the category should suggest. The suspension keeps everything from being dramatically uncomfortable. Steering is slightly heavy but not enough to call it a workout. Braking is reasonably good considering the weight of the Cross Sport can be felt.


"...it should be..."

So, does the Atlas Cross Sport make a good family SUV? In short, yes it does. It should be a good family SUV since it functions as one should. And that is why it is good for the family. The only thing is that I have a hard time justifying the price for at least myself. Sure, it is cheaper than some SUVs. But there are other SUVs out there with better warranties and prices that I would rather spend my money on.

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