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2021 VW Atlas vs 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport: their differences

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas family

It was in 2017 that the VW Atlas first appeared on the streets of Laval, Terrebonne and Montreal North, and since then this Volkswagen SUV has been putting smiles on the faces of its owners.

With its stouter stance, the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport definitely looks sportier than its brother, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.

But aside from this subtle difference, you may wonder what other differences separate them.

Here's a comparison between the 2021 VW Atlas vs. the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport.

front view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road front view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road
three quarter view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport driven on a road three quarter view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport driven on a road

2021 Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport: Pricing

Prices for the 2021 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport are as follows; the manufacturer's suggested retail price is $40,095 for the 2021 VW Atlas, while the Atlas Cross Sport starts at $38,995. One of the major differences, of course, is their cargo space: 2,741 liters for the Atlas, while the Atlas Cross Sport offers 2,203 liters. Passengers of the Atlas will also enjoy a little more leg and head room, with a cabin volume of 4,400 liters, greater than the 3,171 L for the Atlas Cross Sport. Of course, with room for 7 passengers versus 5 for the Cross Sport, the Atlas is perfect for a larger family.

side view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road side view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road
side view of a parked 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport side view of a parked 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

2021 Atlas vs. Atlas Cross Sport: engine and exterior

The 2021 VW Atlas and 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport are both available in Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Execline versions, and both offer the same engines: a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-litre V6 engine with 276 horsepower. They are paired to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

Their entry-level versions come standard with cruise control, Blind Spot Detection, Emergency Brake Assist and much more.

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport boasts larger 20-inch alloy wheels, compared to 18-inch wheels, a black instead of chrome roof rack and a smaller trunk than the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.

three quarter front view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road three quarter front view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road
close-up front view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport close-up front view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport

The best way to find out which of the 2021 VW Atlas vs. 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport deserves a place in your driveway, is to stop by for a visit at your Volkswagen dealer and take them out for a road test! Be sure to take advantage of our very competitive Volkswagen financing rates, as well as ongoing promotions offered by VW Canada.

three quarter rear view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road three quarter rear view of the 2021 VW Atlas driven on a road
rear view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport driven on a road rear view of the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport driven on a road

VW Atlas 2021 vs. VW Atlas Cross Sport 2021: price and specs

Model Engine Power Torque Powertrain Price
Atlas Trendline 4 cyl. Turbo 2.0 L 235 HP 258 lb-ft AWD $40 095
Atlas Comfortline 2.0 4 cyl. Turbo 2.0 L 235 HP 258 lb-ft $44 495
Atlas Comfortline 3.6 V6 3.6 L 276 HP 266 lb-ft $46 695
Atlas Highline 2.0 4 cyl. Turbo 2.0 L 235 HP 258 lb-ft $48 795
Atlas Highline 3.6 V6 3.6 L 276 HP 266 lb-ft $50 995
Atlas Execline V6 3.6 L 276 HP 266 lb-ft $54 495
Atlas Cross Sport Trendline 4 cyl. Turbo 2.0 L 235 HP 258 lb-ft $38 995
Atlas Cross Sport Comfortline 2.0 4 cyl. Turbo 2.0 L 235 HP 258 lb-ft $45 195
Atlas Cross Sport Comfortline 3.6 V6 3.6 L 276 HP 266 lb-ft $47 395