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The match-up: 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee!

comparing the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport (left) against the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee (right)

You live in Laval, Montreal North or Terrebonne, and you are in the market for a new SUV? If you are looking for something new and different – including plenty of options and trim levels – you may just want to compare the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

These two higher end SUVs are similar in some respects. The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport is offered at a base price of $38,995, which is very enticing when compared to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, for sale at a base price of $50,000 and up.

But their differences don’t end there, and our comparison of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee goes well beyond their prices.

The 2021 VW Atlas is currently being showcased at Complexe Volkswagen 440, your local VW dealership, so stop by for a visit and take it out for a test drive! We are located near the Terrebonne, Laval and Montreal North, at 3501 Gaumont Street in Laval.

Exterior design of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the Grand Cherokee

When comparing the exterior of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you will notice that the VW is wider and more imposing. Its wheelbase of 117.3 inches is significantly bigger than the Cherokee’s compact frame, so if you are on the taller side, you will certainly appreciate the extra inch in height of the VW SUV.

This model-year of the VW SUV has also been upgraded with LED headlights and LED daytime running lights as well as 18-inch Titan Alloy wheels.

three quarter front view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Specs

Of course, if you are looking at a VW SUV or a Jeep SUV, then you will also want to know everything you can about how these two vehicles compare under the hood. So let’s break down two of the most important aspects of any SUVs: engine and power, and towing and cargo capacities.

Engine and Power

The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport is equipped with a powerful and fuel-efficient engine: it’s a 2.0 L I-4 engine, which delivers 235 horsepower on the base model. This number rises to 276 hp on higher-level trims.

However, what’s great about the VW engine on the Atlas is its incredible fuel-efficiency. In fact, its fuel consumption ratings are of only 13/10 L/100 km (city/highway).

Let’s take a look at the powertrain of the Jeep SUV. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is powered by a 3.6 L V6 engine, which delivers even more power with its 290 hp. That being said, its fuel-efficiency drops to 20/13 L/100 km (city/highway) – so you may just find yourself visiting the gas pump more often than you’d like.

view of the engine inside of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

Towing and Cargo Capacities

Many people looking for an SUV also wish to use them for their weekend getaways and after-work adventures. That’s why towing capacity and cargo space can be important factors to consider before making a purchase.

Let’s compare the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport SUV vs the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee in terms towing capabilities. The VW model can tow 2,000 lbs, and that’s more than enough power to tow your weekend toys or trailer.

The Grand Cherokee delivers more power with its 3,500 lbs of towing capacity. However, in most cases, weekend toys like ATVs or jet skis don’t require that much towing power.

With its seven seats, the VW Atlas SUV provides ample space for the whole family as well as 2741 L of cargo space. As for the Grand Cherokee, it provides seating for five passengers and 1934 L (maximum) to store your gear.

view of the panoramique glass roof inside of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

Technology Aboard the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Another important factor to consider when comparing the VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the selection of onboard features and technologies. This category includes interior infotainment systems, comfort amenities for driver and passengers, driver-assist technologies as well as safety features.

Onboard Technologies

Let’s compare the onboard features of the base models of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the 2021 Grand Cherokee. The VW is equipped with Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration as well as an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, which can be enjoyed while travelling on heated front seats.

The Jeep SUV also comes with smart phone integration as well as the Uconnect 4C multimedia centre.

Safety Technologies

Volkswagen enjoys a reputation for safety, and the features included on the 2021 VW Atlas continue that tradition. It is equipped with front assist autonomous emergency braking – ideal for anyone commuting on busy highways every day–, as well as side assist, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers peace of mind with several driver-assist technologies, including the optional rear park assist and the Parkview back-up camera.

view of the front dash, steering wheel and central console inside of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee – The Summary

If you are currently in the market for an SUV that goes the extra mile and which can offer more than your average SUV, then it makes sense to compare the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

These two models deliver similar results in terms of safety, driver and passenger comfort features, and handling.

However, if you place a premium on great fuel-efficiency, extra cargo space and extra seats, not to mention its slightly larger wheelbase and taller interior, then there’s no better place to go than your VW dealership, Complexe VW 440! Also be sure to take the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport for a test drive, you may just fall in love with it.

lateral rear view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

Specs: The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Feature 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Starting price $38,995 $49,995
Engine I-4 2.0 L engine 3.6 L V6 engine
Fuel Efficiency Up to 13/10 L/100km (city/highway) Up to 20/13 L/100 km (city/highway)
Horsepower Base model – 290 hp Base model – 235 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 to 2,500 lbs 3,500 and up
Cargo Space 2741 L 1934 L
Seating 7 passengers 5 passengers
rear view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport driving down a road