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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport review | Car Reviews

Auto123 assessments the new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity.

The fashion at quite a few automakers these days is to consider an SUV and, with a slight redesign, place it again on the marketplace as a 4-doorway sport coupe. Volkswagen is no exception and gives us this 12 months an Atlas Cross Activity with a revised rear end (with mixed outcomes) and a a lot more-winsome entrance end that appears to be like very substantially like the common Atlas. The total end result is visually fulfilling. To wit, we bought various appears to be like throughout our week-long test generate of a vary-topping $54,495 Execline version.

The Cross Activity is, as pointed out, adapted from the 2020 Atlas. It retains the exact same wheelbase, but it shrinks by one hundred forty four mm many thanks to the distinct roofline. The roof is fifty nine mm lower and finishes with a sport coupe-model angle. The entrance end of the car is, all in all, really attractive with an aggressive encounter, properly designed headlights and two substantial air intakes below the headlights. This presents the sport coupe SUV a really encounter, 1 distinct from that of the Atlas.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, front

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity, entrance

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, rear

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity, rear

The rear end is significantly less charming in fact, it feels like the designers were being in a hurry to reduce it off sharply and plonk on to it features lying all-around the studio floor. As proof, in contrast to the classy headlights, the imposing taillights appear to harken again to the SUVs of the 90s let us agree that is possibly not what you want to harken again to. To produce stability with the pretend air intakes at the entrance, Volkswagen also went with pretend exhaust outlets at the rear. We could have accomplished without the need of ‘em.

Luckily, from the facet, many thanks to the 20-inch wheels and the decreased roof, the effect of a sports activities coupe is there, so mission attained.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, profile

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity, profile

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, interior

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity, inside

Very little modifications compared to the standard Atlas, other than of program for the absence of the 3rd row of seats. The inside is very well-appointed, and the doorway panels are included with the exact same soft leather-based as the seats. The only disappointment is the overuse of lower-end plastic for matters like the window controls and centre console. Remember that this is a car costing shut to $55,000.

Luckily, really substantially every thing else will work to dissipate any effect we may have been producing that Volkswagen is out to make fun of us. First of all, you can find the huge key monitor (8 inches) that’s simple to use with your fingertips, as well as quick-access buttons to command the audio system, GPS or car configurations.

In the again is where by matters most change in comparison with the Atlas, obviously adequate. First of all, the doorways open up vast to give simple access to a bench that’s just as relaxed as the entrance seats. The change is that you get limousine-like legroom. By eradicating the 3rd bench seat, VW was in a position to set up the next 1 in get to present greatest legroom. Even with a huge 6′ five” bumper mounted on the entrance passenger seat, a 6′ 2″ occupant could sit straight powering it without the need of jogging out of area. This is not possible with quite a few vehicles.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, interior, second row

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity, inside, next row

The removing of the 3rd bench seat also interprets into a trunk so generous it could serve as a wardrobe for Girl Gaga. With 1141 litres at your disposal, you can very easily accommodate all the baggage of all your passengers. Of program, the angled glass of the tailgate could stop you fitting in specific bulky square-formed objects. If this takes place, passengers in the rear seat can be requested to get out so you can fold down the rear bench and profit from the tremendous cargo volume of 2203 litres. Let them consider the bus…

The motor
To go this sport-coupe-model SUV about, our Execline version is geared up with a 3.6L V6 producing 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque in tandem with an 8-velocity automated transmission. The other motor available with the Trendline and Comfortline variations is a turbocharged 4-cylinder earning 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to the exact same gearbox.

The change in energy in between the two engines is not substantial, nor is the driving encounter: our V6 version was very sleek. The transmission is as discreet as a butler for the Royal Spouse and children and the equipment modifications are very sleek. The other benefit of the V6 motor, in addition to the sleek sound it emits, is that it can pull up to five,000 lb, compared to the 2,000 lb possible with the 4-cylinder. We failed to have the opportunity to test the Atlas Cross Activity geared up with that mill, but I envision that many thanks to the turbocharger, begins are a small a lot more dynamic than with the V6.

V6 engine of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

V6 motor of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity

Gas consumption averaged 13.9L/a hundred km throughout our test generate. Luckily for our finances, quite a few of our kilometres were being pushed on the highway, which authorized us to lessen this determine to an virtually satisfactory level. In the town, it was all-around sixteen.0L/a hundred km. That’s really atrocious, and it is thanks mainly to an aging motor that won’t seriously have a put these days in the Volkswagen spouse and children, which mainly focuses on 4-cylinder turbocharged engines.  

The Atlas Cross Activity drives very well, is very relaxed and is nice to use on a daily basis. A person of its greatest property is without the need of a doubt its inside volume. There is sufficient house all over the place in the car, entrance and rear, down lower and up top, and of program in the substantial trunk.

This car is out there in Canada commencing at $38,995 in the Trendline version, which, although it won’t present all the attributes of the top-of-the-line Execline variant, even now lets you to consider benefit of all that inside house and the model’s athletic silhouette. These are two of the big property of the Atlas Cross Activity.

Its key competitor in this section is the Honda Passport. Getting pushed both, we would lean toward the Atlas Cross Activity for its dynamic and sporty glance, despite a shorter guarantee than the Japanese competitor.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, three-quarters rear

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity, 3-quarters rear

We like

Sleek and attractive appears to be like
Interior house
Trunk size

We like significantly less

Abnormal V6 gas consumption
Shorter guarantee than opponents
Plastic features abound in the inside

The level of competition

Honda Passport
Nissan Murano
Volkswagen Atlas (for $36,740, you have a 3rd row of seats)

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, three-quarters front

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity, 3-quarters entrance



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