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Trims, Powertrains, and Fuel Economy

The ‘23 Atlas Cross Sport is a five-passenger crossover that VW presents in these trim levels: SE, SE with Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line Black, and SEL Premium R-Line. Most of those are set up with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 235 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The SEL Premium R-Line, however, gets a more potent 3.6-liter V6 making 276 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque; this engine is optional for the SE with Technology, SEL, and SEL R-Line Black. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the rule for both engines, and while front-wheel drive is the default in the SE and SE with Technology, all-wheel drive (which is standard in the remaining trims) is available. As determined by the EPA, the 2023 Atlas Cross Sport with FWD and the 2.0-liter engine returns an estimated 21 mpg around town and 25 mpg on the highway. With AWD, it achieves 20 city/24 highway. Regardless of the drivetrain, Atlas Cross Sports with the V6 achieve 18 city/24 highway.


The SE comes with heated side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, keyless entry, heated front seats with driver power adjustments, synthetic leather upholstery (seats and steering wheel), two USB-C ports, and an 8-inch digital gauge cluster (Digital Cockpit). VW’s IQ.Drive suite is standard in the ‘23 Atlas Cross Sport, with the higher trims receiving additional technologies. The SE has forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (Front Assist) and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. SE gets a sleek 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (App-Connect) and Bluetooth hands-free audio streaming.

SE with Technology

For the first time, the SE with Technology trim has VW’s 10.25-inch configurable Digital Cockpit Pro gauge cluster. Wireless phone charging is also on its standard equipment list, along with remote start, a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, three more USB-C ports. 20-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors (Park Distance Control) and adaptive cruise control are added. Its infotainment setup graduates to an 8-inch touchscreen with HD radio, satellite radio (SiriusXM), and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This trim also gets 20-inch wheels and is eligible to upgrade to the 276-horsepower V6.


The SEL also qualifies for the V6 option. As far as standard features, it gets adaptive headlights, a panoramic sunroof, heated washer nozzles, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, reverse gear tilt-down for the passenger-side exterior mirror, roof rails, a power front passenger’s seat, position memory for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, navigation, and a drive mode selector with these settings: Snow, On-Road, Off-Road, and Off-Road Custom. The driver-assist technology suite adds Light Assist (automatic high beams), Emergency Assist (driver attention warning), Travel Assist (semi-automated driving), Lane Assist (lane departure warning with steering assist), and dynamic road sign display.

SEL R-Line Black and SEL Premium R-Line

The SEL R-Line Black piles on the style with its black exterior accents and a track-inspired steering wheel. Its buyers can also choose the larger engine option. The SEL Premium R-Line gets that 3.7-liter V6 standard, along with leather seats that are heated and ventilated in the front row and heated in the second row (outboard). It also shows off 21-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors, a trailer hitch. An overhead monitor and Park Assist join the safety technology array, while the sound system is upgraded to a Fender unit complete with a subwoofer.


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