We’re happy to report that the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is positively loaded with all the handsome styling, interior space, and cargo volume that those attracted to the crossover segment typically yearn for. As the name suggests, this venerable model takes the full-size, three-row Atlas and adds an extra dose of style; it also chops off the third row of seats, leaving seating for five individuals in all models. Despite all the amputations (as Lou Reed once sang), the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport still maintains a heaping helping of its big sister’s generous practicality.
Other than the differences in style, size and seating capacity, the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport is nearly identical to the Atlas. Under the hood, drivers can choose between the same two powertrain options: a 235-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter that comes standard or an available 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. All incarnations come standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available for those especially adventurous souls.
Those who venture to take a gander within the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will find an interior that’s quite similar to that of the three-row Atlas, but does add some special touches such as an updated steering wheel and stitched door panels. Most adults will also be happy to find they have the ability to sit comfortably throughout. Overall, the interior design solidifies the model’s success as a delectable midsize SUV package.
Up front, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport comes standard with a touchscreen infotainment system outfitted with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. There are also an array of optional features that buyers can splurge on, including a navigation system, reconfigurable gauge display and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The famed Volkswagen Car-Net connectivity app is available for those who want to access nifty gizmos such as remote start and vehicular analytics. The internet addicts out there will also be happy to learn that the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport comes with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can be utilized with the requisite subscription.