Time to get to know one of the newest members of our long-term fleet a little better, this 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.
The Cross Sport is the 2-row version of Volkswagen’s biggest SUV, the Atlas; and comes with much more stylish bodywork.
Our SEL tester sticks with the base 2.0-liter I4 turbo engine, but adds 4MOTION all-wheel-drive. Seeing how well its 235–horsepower is able to get this utility moving, is something we’ll be keeping an eye on.
We’re still getting used to the idea of a 4-cylinder turbo in a midsize SUV, but it’s quickly becoming the norm because, as we’re seeing in this Atlas Cross Sport, the low-end torque gets things moving in a hurry. Then, once it’s up to highway speed, it keeps up just fine.
SEL trim means it’s well equipped with a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, and a great-looking Audi-esque digital instrument display; all of which make for a pleasant time behind the wheel so far.