The Volkswagen Atlas entered the world of three-row utilities back in 2018, and it’s been a hit ever since. It was soon followed up by the two-row Atlas Cross Sport, another “W” for “VW.”

These siblings are back and updated for 2024, and we were invited to upstate New York to get a handle on them.

Both follow the same defining principles. The Atlas is a little squarer, capable of holding seven passengers across three rows. The Cross Sport drops the rear two seats for sportier proportions, namely the tapered roofline. It also measures a little shorter and rides lower than the Atlas.

Dimensionally speaking, neither model has really changed, both still around 200-inches in length. They’re not overwhelmingly large, making them a great fit for the new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, supplying the front- or available all-wheel drive system with 269 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

STEVEN TRUANT: “So, if you’re looking at a new Atlas and looking to get a 6-cylinder, I’m sorry to report that the days of the VR6 in this vehicle are over. However, the 4-cylinder here is very good. The power is up over 30 horsepower, there is quite a bit more torque. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all. Power is definitely plentiful, and the shifts through this 8-speed automatic are crisp and precise.”

The healthy “under hood” changes are covered by a handsome exterior style, including a revised front and new wheels; though, the best changes are arguably inside with the standard 10-inch gauge cluster and 12-inch infotainment screen. Other standard features include ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel.

Available now and built stateside in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport start under $40,000.

We’ll have more on the 2024 VW Atlas and plenty more Quick Spins… soon!