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2022 Volkswagen Atlas Vs. Atlas Cross Sport: How Do They Compare?

Volkswagen Atlas Vs Atlas Cross Sport

A common debate among buyers at Gunther Volkswagen of Fort Lauderdale is comparing 2022 Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport features, specs, and size. To help you decide between these two popular VW SUVs for sale, we’ve put together an overview that looks at the differences between the VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport.

The new 2022 VW Atlas for sale offers plenty of cargo room, an available IQ.DRIVE®, the VW Digital Cockpit, and three rows of seats for up to seven occupants. The Atlas Cross Sport also comes with the available IQ.DRIVE® system, plenty of cargo room, and two rows with five seats.

If you know you need a three-row SUV, then the choice is the Atlas. But if you’re unsure how much SUV you need, our 2022 Atlas Cross Sport vs. Atlas comparison is here.

2022 Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport Trims

A perk of deciding to go with a Volkswagen model is the luxury of choices. You have the same five trim options with both of these models, and they are quite similar regarding standard features.

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas arrives in the following trims:

  • Volkswagen Atlas SE
  • Volkswagen Atlas SE with Technology
  • Volkswagen Atlas SEL
  • Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line
  • Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line

Here are the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Sport trim options:

  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SE
  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SE with Technology
  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SEL
  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SEL R-Line
  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium R-Line
  • 2022 VW Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport Size

    The most significant difference between Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport is size. The Volkswagen Atlas is bigger than the Atlas Cross Sport. The 2022 VW Atlas is a three-row SUV with room for seven passengers, while the VW Atlas Cross Sport has two rows of seats for up to five occupants.

    The VW Atlas is approximately five inches longer than the Atlas Cross Sport, but both vehicles sit on the same wheelbase. The Atlas seven-seater gives you 154 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo area behind the first row when it comes to cargo room and passenger space. In comparison, the Atlas Cross Sport five-seater has 110.1 cubic feet of passenger area and up to 77.8 cubic feet of cargo area behind the first row.

    VW Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport: Dimensions

    2022 VW Atlas 2022 Atlas Cross Sport
    Number of Seats: 7 5
    Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.): 96.8 77.8
    Length (inches): 200.7 195.5
    Height (inches): 70.1 67.8

    Volkswagen Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport Features

    The features of the new Atlas Cross Sport inventory and Volkswagen Atlas are nearly the same throughout the trim lineup. The Atlas SE and Atlas Cross Sport SE each feature the VW Digital Cockpit, Front Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor, and heated front seats.

    The Atlas SEL and Atlas Cross Sport SEL are equipped with a panoramic sunroof, VW Digital Cockpit Pro, Travel Assist, and Emergency Assist. If you’re looking for R-Line bumpers and badging on your new VW SUV, plus the Overhead View Camera (Area View), you’ll find them both on the Atlas SEL Premium R-Line and Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium R-Line.

    Other notable features on these new VW SUVs for sale include:

    • Remote Start
    • Park Distance Control (front and rear)
    • Hands-free Easy Open liftgate
    • 4MOTION® all-wheel drive
    • Fender® Premium Audio System
    • 21-inch two-tone machined alloy wheels

    Volkswagen Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport Performance

    The Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport each come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® shifting. Power output is 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in both vehicles. However, either of these new VW SUVs can be equipped with an available 3.6-liter V-6 engine that puts out 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque for more power.

    2022 Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport: Performance

    2022 VW Atlas 2022 Atlas Cross Sport
    Standard Engine: 2.0-liter Turbo 2.0-liter Turbo
    Horsepower: 235 235
    Torque (pound-feet): 258 258
    Drivetrain: FWD FWD
    EPA-Estimated MPG1 (City/Highway) 21/25 21/25

    VW Lease Deals and Offers

    Ready to buy or lease? Once you have compared the 2022 Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport, head to Gunther Volkswagen of Fort Lauderdale and talk with one of our friendly sales associates. We can hand you the keys to both vehicles for a couple of comparison test drives.

    If you’re still considering your options, see our VW Tiguan vs. Subaru Forester comparison next to see how they match up against one another, then buy or lease the Volkswagen of your dreams at Gunther Volkswagen of Fort Lauderdale.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Atlas bigger than Atlas Cross Sport?

    Yes, the Volkswagen Atlas is bigger than the Atlas Cross Sport. The Atlas is longer and taller than the Atlas Cross Sport. The Atlas also has more rows of seating, more passenger room, and a greater cargo area.

    Does the Atlas Cross Sport have a third row?

    No, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport does not have a third row of seating. If you’re looking for a new three-row VW SUV for sale with seven seats, we suggest the new 2022 VW Atlas. The Atlas Cross Sport focuses on being compact and athletic, while the VW Atlas is family-oriented.

    Is the VW Atlas Cross Sport faster than the Atlas?

    The Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport have the same 2.0-liter engine with the same horsepower and torque ratings. Since the VW Atlas is bigger than the Atlas Cross Sport, the VW Atlas is slightly slower from 0 to 60. The Atlas needs 7.2 seconds, while the VW Atlas Cross Sport can do it in 6.8 seconds.

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