Overview

The all-new 5-seater Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport takes the winning formula of the 7-seater Atlas-ample interior space, plus a host of comfort and technology features at an attractive price-and adds bolder design, as well as advanced connectivity and new driver-assistance features. Assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Atlas Cross Sport combines hallmark Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail, setting it apart from the competition.

"This is the boldest SUV in the Volkswagen stable," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "Pairing high design with the distinctive driving dynamics and value the brand is known for, the Atlas Cross Sport allows you to show up without showing off." 

 As the newest member of the Volkswagen SUV lineup, the midsize Atlas Cross Sport offers flexible passenger and cargo volume, as well as everyday usability and utility. The Atlas Cross Sport is available in eight trim levels-S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SE w/ Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line.


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Interior

The interior design of the Atlas Cross Sport is classic Volkswagen-clean and functional, with a premium feel. Driver controls are positioned for optimal ergonomics and usability, and simple, driver-centric displays enhance involvement behind the wheel. The seat position, shifter height, and the spacing between the pedals are all designed for maximum driver comfort. With available two-tone inserts and stitching accents on the door panels as well as a redesigned steering wheel, the Atlas Cross Sport offers a high end environment that belies its attainable starting price. Ambient lighting, standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium, further highlights this upscale character.


Despite its shorter stance and raked rear-end, the Atlas Cross Sport boasts generous interior space for five adults and cargo. Headroom is 39.4/37.8 inches (first/second rows), legroom is 41.6/40.4 inches, respectively, and the Atlas Cross Sport offers a cavernous 112 cu-ft of total passenger volume. Standard rear bench seating offers a 60/40 split, with a 14-degree backrest recline function. 


The base Atlas Cross Sport S is equipped with cloth seating surfaces in a quilt-like design. The Atlas Cross Sport SE trims and above come with leatherette seating surfaces, a 10- way power adjustable driver's seat and a second-row middle armrest with integrated cup holders. SEL models add a three-profile driver's-seat memory function and an eight way power passenger seat. SEL Premium models feature standard leather seating surfaces and heated outboard seats for the second row. 


An array of available inputs (12V, USB, auxiliary), cup holders, bottle holders, storage nets, and cargo containers provide convenience for all passengers. Atlas Cross Sport has a maximum cargo volume of 77.8 cu-ft behind the front-row seats when the rear seats are folded down, and 40.3 cu-ft when all seats are up. 


Dual-zone Climatronic® climate control is standard on Atlas Cross Sport SE and above, along with KESSY keyless access on all five doors, and push-button start. SE and higher trims also include a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, which is heated on SEL models and higher trims. R-Line trims include an R-Line logo on the MIB II start screen as well as an R-Line steering wheel clip and stainless steel pedal caps. 


The advanced Volkswagen Digital Cockpit system, standard on SEL trims and above, presents drivers with a fully-digital instrument cluster. Using a 10- inch TFT display, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit offers a customizable presentation of important vehicle information. Every Atlas Cross Sport model offers the ability to customize up to four driver settings. Dependent on trim, customizable features include: driver seat memory, mirror settings, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit arrangement, and navigation view.  


 

Exterior

Engineered from Volkswagen's award-winning Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport builds on the latest Volkswagen design DNA to create a bold new look in the 5-seater SUV segment. The Atlas Cross Sport has a modern design that starts with the classic proportions and clean lines of the Atlas 7-seater and sharpens the angles, trimming visual mass to create a more striking silhouette.


Featuring a lower roofline than Atlas and a dramatically angled rear hatch, the Atlas Cross Sport sits 195.5 inches long, 78.4 inches wide, and 67.8 inches high, giving it an athletic stance slightly shorter in length (5.2 inches), and height (2.2 inches lower) than the 2021 Atlas. Despite its size, the Atlas Cross Sport still offers a low coefficient of drag of 0.34. Atlas Cross Sport wears an upscale three-bar chrome grille with a new light signature as well as an aggressively styled front bumper. All Atlas Cross Sport models feature full LED exterior lighting, including low beams, high beams, turn signal indicators, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), side marker lights, and taillights. SEL and SEL Premium models add standard 900-lumen LED headlights with Volkswagen's Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Automatic headlamps and rain-sensing windshield wipers are standard across the lineup. 


Overhead, silver roof rails are standard, and a large panoramic sunroof measuring about 4.5 feet by 3 feet, with a two-part glass opening system and powered sunshade, is available on SE w/ Technology models and standard on SEL and SEL Premium models. 


At the back, the Atlas Cross Sport features the same chromed "Atlas" name strip as the 7-seater, but adds a more sculpted rear bumper. A power tailgate is standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SE, while the SE w/ Technology and higher trims add the Easy Open feature. Easy Open works in conjunction with KESSY® keyless access to enable opening of the tailgate with just a kick of the foot below the rear bumper when the key is in range. 


S and SE trims feature standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 245/60 allseason tires,while SE w/ Technology and above models boast 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 255/50 all-season tires. SELR-Line and SEL Premium R-Line trims receive 21-inch wheels and 265/45 all-season tires. All Atlas Cross Sport models feature 8.0 inches of ground clearance and departure angles of 20.4 and 22.4 degrees (front/rear). R-Line® trims add R-Line badging; unique front and rear bumpers that incorporate stylish air intakes at the front and a diffusor in glossy black paint at the rear; and side skirts, emphasizing the Atlas Cross Sport's premium profile.

 




 
 

Technology


There are two speaker configurations for Atlas Cross Sport-most models include six speakers, while SEL Premium trims feature the Fender® Premium Audio System with 12 speakers.


Fender Premium Audio: The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium trim offers the advanced Fender Premium Audio System, which was meticulously engineered to create the emotion of a live performance for all passengers. The system was developed through collaboration between Fender, the legendary music amplification experts, and Panasonic®. A powerful, 480-watt, 12-channel amplifier delivers arena-sized sound to the spacious Atlas Cross Sport cabin. There are 12 speakers in total, including an innovative center channel speaker, woofer speakers in each door, first- and second-row tweeters, and two wide-frequency speakers and a subwoofer in the rear. 


Volkswagen Digital Cockpit: The advanced Volkswagen Digital Cockpit system, standard on SEL trims and above, presents drivers with a fully-digital instrument cluster. Using a 10-inch TFT display, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit offers a customizable presentation of important vehicle information.


MIB II Infotainment: All 2020 Atlas Cross Sport models feature Volkswagen's innovative MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The display utilizes a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and pinch zooming. 


The Atlas Cross Sport S is equipped with the Composition Color unit, which features a 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. The infotainment system also offers SD card and USB-C (two ports) multimedia interfaces, as well as a rearview camera and standard Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices. App-Connect smartphone integration for compatible devices is standard, and offers users the ability to run select smartphone apps directly on the vehicle's display through services such as Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. 


All other Atlas Cross Sport models are equipped with a glass-covered 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display and wireless charging for phones. SE and SE w/ Technology models features the Composition Media unit, while SEL and SEL Premium models have the Discover Media system with navigation. Both units offer four USB-A ports, a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® radio for a three-month trial period, and HD Radio. 


Both units also have the ability to send and receive SMS text messages via Bluetooth with compatible phones and can pair two phones simultaneously. The Discover Media unit offers 2.5D navigation, featuring one-shot voice destination entry, typed destination entry with search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations based on frequently used routes. 


Volkswagen Car-Net: Car-Net Remote Access gives owners the ability to interact with their vehicle from miles away via the mobile app. It is offered at no additional charge for five years from the date of vehicle purchase. Features include remote start and stop (if vehicle is equipped), remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location, and remote vehicle status display, which provides information on fuel level, mileage, and door and window status. 


Safety


To help protect occupants, the Atlas Cross Sport provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags as standard (front and side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), along with a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). 


A standard feature on the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport is Volkswagen's Automatic Post Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact-the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System helps address this, in certain crash scenarios, by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage. The Atlas Cross Sport also includes Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions. All Atlas Cross Sport models feature a standard rearview camera; SE models and above feature dynamic guidelines. 


Front Assist standard on all trims, is intended to warn drivers of potential frontal collisions (Forward Collision Warning) with vehicles and pedestrians, and in some cases provide automatic braking assistance (Autonomous Emergency Braking). 


Blind Spot Monitor is standard on all Atlas Cross Sport models. Blind Spot Monitor uses two radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle to scan the approaching traffic and is intended to warn drivers of the presence of other vehicles in adjacent lanes. If the driver uses the turn signal to indicate a lane change while a vehicle is detected in a blind spot, the system utilizes a flashing LED symbol in the outer area of the side mirrors. Even if the driver does not use a turn signal, the LED symbol in the mirror will illuminate if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot. The system is designed to help alert drivers in specific situations; stationary objects or oncoming vehicles do not trigger warnings, nor do vehicles more than one lane away from the vehicle.


If combined with Lane Assist (SEL models and above, see below) the system not only warns the driver with the flashing LED symbol if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, but within system limits, it can also counter steer to help keep the car in the lane even if the turn signal is on. If the driver still tries to steer out of the lane,the system will warn with an additional vibration of the steering wheel.


The Rear Traffic Alert system, standard on all models is intended to detect vehicles approaching from the side that may be difficult for the driver to see while reversing. The system offers a 180-degree view of the back of the car with a range of 65 feet, and will present a visual and an acoustic warning, if a potential collision with a crossing vehicle is detected. If the driver does not react, the system can apply the brakes to help mitigate and, in the best case, can prevent a collision. The system is activated by putting the car in reverse.


Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), standard on SE w/ Technology models and above, uses a forward facing radar to maintain a set speed while helping maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. The driver sets the speed and the desired spacing via buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and can further use those buttons to adjust and cancel the ACC function. Additionally, the accelerator can be used to override the ACC function, and pressing the brakes always cancels the ACC function. All ACC-related system messages appear in the central multifunction display. 


Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist) is standard on SEL models and above. When driving above 40 mph, if the system's camera recognizes lane boundaries and, using a special algorithm, calculates that the vehicle is unintentionally straying from its lane without using a turn signal, Lane Assist actively counter steers to help keep the vehicle in the lane. If the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel for a defined period of time, the system provides an audible warning and a visual signal in the instrument cluster, asking the driver to take over.


Park Distance Control, equipped on Atlas Cross Sport SE w/ Technology models and above, uses ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers to monitor a range of up to approximately five feet in front or behind the vehicle. The system may activate below 9 mph and helps provide guidance when parking or in tight spaces. The system has audible and visual warnings when the car starts to approach parked cars or static objects of sufficient size from the front or rear.


Dynamic Road Sign Display, standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SEL and SEL Premium models, uses a forward-facing camera to detect and read road signs. After verifying the information with signage data stored in the onboard navigation, the system alerts the driver on the Atlas Cross Sport Discover Media screen in the center console, and on the Digital Cockpit instrument display.


High Beam Control (Light Assist), standard on Atlas Cross Sport SEL models and above, helps provide drivers with better visibility by automatically switching on the headlamp high beams above 37 mph on dark or poorly lit roads, if there is no oncoming traffic detected. Below 18 mph, the high beams automatically switch off. Finally, the Overhead View Camera (Area View) offered on Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium models, uses the car's four cameras to supplement the driver's view of what is around the vehicle.