2021 Atlas Cross Sport for Sale in West Warwick, RI
Although Volkswagen’s two SUVs are similar, both the three-row Atlas and the two-row Atlas Cross Sport have their fan base. The 2021 Atlas Cross Sport’s smaller frame and sharper design might appeal more to a younger audience that values practicality as much as efficiency. With its raked roofline, upscale interior, top-of-the-line technologies, suite of active driver aids, hearty performance, and all-wheel drive capabilities, it definitely gives its rivals a run for their money. For the 2021 model year, the Atlas Cross Sport’s updated infotainment system with wireless App-Connect and compatible multi-phone pairing is standard on the SE and above trims. Two new driver-assist features – Travel Assist and Emergency Assist – also make their debut on the SEL trim and above.
Trims and Powertrain
The ’21 Atlas Cross Sport is offered in eight trim levels: S, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. The base engine, which comes standard on all trims except for the R-Lines, is a 235 hp (258 lb.-ft. of torque) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This powerplant is the only choice for the S and SE. The SE with Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium, however, are eligible to upgrade to a 276 hp (266 lb.-ft. of torque) 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is standard in the R-Lines. All trims get the same eight-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive is standard (with all-wheel drive available) for all except the SEL and SEL Premium, which are only made with AWD.
The S comes with 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, silver roof rails, three 12-volt power outlets (one in the front console, one in the rear console, and one in the cargo area), two front USB-C ports, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera system. The SE appoints a power liftgate, keyless entry and push-button ignition, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a center console USB-C charging port, two rear USB-C charging ports, heated front seats, and V-Tex simulated-leather upholstery. The SE with Technology yields 20-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, remote start, and a 115-volt power outlet, while the SE with Technology R-Line adds trim-specific bumpers and badges.
The SEL ups the luxury factor with an adaptive front lighting system, heated windshield washer nozzles, LED performance headlights, a panoramic sunroof, side mirrors with memory functions, a heated steering wheel, VW’s Digital Cockpit (a fully customizable high-res display), and ambient interior lighting. The SEL R-Line returns the unique R-Line elements and issues 21-inch two-tone wheels, all-weather lights with low-speed corner illumination, and a trailer hitch that supports a 5,000-lb. towing capacity.
The SEL Premium axes the trailer hitch, reinstalls the 20-inch wheels, and gets power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. The range-topping SEL Premium R-Line brings back the two-tone 21-inch wheels, trailer hitch, and R-Line badges on top of the upscale contents of the SEL Premium.
Safety and Technology
VW equips all trims with the IQ.Drive suite of active safety technologies: forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The SE with Technology R-Line and above trims add a park distance control function with maneuver braking, while the SEL and remaining grades get adaptive cruise control, dynamic road sign display, automatic high beams, travel assist (enables partially automated driving below 95 mph), lane keeping assist, and emergency assist (brings the vehicle to a full stop if the driver is incapacitated). The SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line supply a top-down overhead camera system.
The S gets a nice setup of tech features, led by an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth technology with audio streaming, and App-Connect (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). The SE and above are improved with voice recognition and an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net connected car services. The SEL Premium and higher trims add navigation and a premium Fender audio system.