2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport evaluate | Automobile Evaluations
The style at many automakers as of late is to take an SUV and, with a slight redesign, put it again available on the market as a 4-door sport coupe. Volkswagen isn’t any exception and provides us this 12 months an Atlas Cross Sport with a revised rear finish (with blended outcomes) and a more-winsome entrance finish that appears very very similar to the common Atlas. The general result’s visually satisfying. To wit, we received a number of seems throughout our week-long take a look at drive of a range-topping $54,495 Execline model.
The Cross Sport is, as talked about, tailored from the 2020 Atlas. It retains the identical wheelbase, however it shrinks by 144 mm because of the completely different roofline. The roof is 59 mm decrease and ends with a sport coupe-style angle. The entrance finish of the car is, all in all, fairly enticing with an aggressive face, properly designed headlights and two enormous air intakes underneath the headlights. This provides the game coupe SUV a reasonably face, one distinct from that of the Atlas.
The rear finish is much less charming; in reality, it feels just like the designers have been in a rush to chop it off sharply and plonk on to it components mendacity across the studio flooring. As proof, in distinction to the trendy headlights, the imposing taillights appear to harken again to the SUVs of the 90s; let’s agree that’s perhaps not what you need to harken again to. To create steadiness with the pretend air intakes on the entrance, Volkswagen additionally went with pretend exhaust shops on the rear. We may have completed with out ‘em.
Thankfully, from the aspect, because of the 20-inch wheels and the lowered roof, the impression of a sports activities coupe is there, so mission completed.
Nothing adjustments in comparison with the standard Atlas, besides after all for the absence of the third row of seats. The inside could be very well-appointed, and the door panels are lined with the identical comfortable leather-based because the seats. The one disappointment is the overuse of low-end plastic for issues just like the window controls and centre console. Recall that this can be a car costing near $55,000.
Thankfully, just about all the pieces else works to dissipate any impression we’d have been creating that Volkswagen is out to make enjoyable of us. To start with, there’s the massive principal display (Eight inches) that is simple to make use of together with your fingertips, in addition to quick-access buttons to manage the audio system, GPS or car configurations.
Within the again is the place issues most change compared with the Atlas, clearly sufficient. To start with, the doorways open vast to offer easy accessibility to a bench that is simply as comfy because the entrance seats. The distinction is that you just get limousine-like legroom. By eradicating the third bench seat, VW was in a position to set up the second to be able to supply most legroom. Even with a big 6′ 5″ bumper put in on the entrance passenger seat, a 6′ 2″ occupant may sit immediately behind it with out working out of room. This isn’t attainable with many autos.
The removing of the third bench seat additionally interprets right into a trunk so beneficiant it may function a wardrobe for Girl Gaga. With 1141 litres at your disposal, you may simply accommodate all the baggage of all of your passengers. After all, the angled glass of the tailgate may forestall you becoming in sure cumbersome square-shaped objects. If this occurs, passengers within the rear seat will be requested to get out so you may fold down the rear bench and profit from the big cargo quantity of 2203 litres. Allow them to take the bus…
To maneuver this sport-coupe-style SUV about, our Execline model is provided with a 3.6L V6 creating 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque in tandem with an 8-speed automated transmission. The opposite engine supplied with the Trendline and Comfortline variations is a turbocharged 4-cylinder making 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to the identical gearbox.
The distinction in energy between the 2 engines is just not enormous, neither is the driving expertise: our V6 model was very clean. The transmission is as discreet as a butler for the Royal Household and the gear adjustments are very clean. The opposite benefit of the V6 engine, along with the sleek sound it emits, is that it will probably pull as much as 5,000 lb, in comparison with the two,000 lb attainable with the 4-cylinder. We did not have the chance to check the Atlas Cross Sport outfitted with that mill, however I think about that because of the turbocharger, begins are a little bit extra dynamic than with the V6.
Gasoline consumption averaged 13.9L/100 km throughout our take a look at drive. Thankfully for our funds, a lot of our kilometres have been pushed on the freeway, which allowed us to cut back this determine to an nearly acceptable stage. Within the metropolis, it was round 16.0L/100 km. That’s fairly atrocious, and it’s due primarily to an growing old engine that does not actually have a spot as of late within the Volkswagen household, which primarily focuses on 4-cylinder turbocharged engines.
The Atlas Cross Sport drives very effectively, could be very comfy and is nice to make use of every day. One in all its biggest property is certainly its inside quantity. There’s ample area all over the place within the car, entrance and rear, down low and up high, and naturally within the enormous trunk.
This car is offered in Canada beginning at $38,995 within the Trendline model, which, though it would not supply all of the options of the top-of-the-line Execline variant, nonetheless permits you to make the most of all that inside area and the mannequin’s athletic silhouette. These are two of the key property of the Atlas Cross Sport.
Its principal competitor on this section is the Honda Passport. Having pushed each, we’d lean in the direction of the Atlas Cross Sport for its dynamic and sporty look, regardless of a shorter guarantee than the Japanese competitor.
Glossy and enticing seems
We like much less
Extreme V6 gasoline consumption
Shorter guarantee than rivals
Plastic components abound within the inside
Volkswagen Atlas (for $36,740, you could have a 3rd row of seats)