Drivers all over St. Louis trust Dean Team Volkswagen of Kirkwood to find a reliable and affordable SUV that best suits their driving habits and feature requirements. If you’re deciding between the Volkswagen Atlas and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, this comparison highlights the key differences, so it’s easier to choose the right vehicle and select from nine different trims available on both the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport.


The Atlas is the largest SUV in the Volkswagen lineup. It has a luxurious, spacious, and comfortable interior and an available third-row bench seat to accommodate up to seven passengers. The Atlas cargo expands to whopping 96.8 cubic feet with the second and third-row seats folded down, while the smaller five-passenger Atlas Cross Sport increases to 77.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.


The larger Atlas while the Atlas Cross Sport is smaller but a more rugged crossover. Both offer powerful engine options that deliver similar horsepower, torque, and towing capacity, but their size is the most notable difference. The Atlas Cross Sport is slimmer and designed for adventurous drivers who plan off-road adventures utilizing a raised suspension, sturdy body, athletic tires, skid plates, and AWD. Drivers around St. Louis will love how well the Atlas Cross Sport handles winter roads.

Powertrains are the same in both models, starting with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine producing 276-horsepower. FWD is standard in both, with optional AWD on select trims. The Atlas Cross Sport is the lighter of the two SUVs resulting in better fuel economy. Yet even though the Atlas Cross Sport weighs less, acceleration and handling are quite similar, providing smooth rides on uneven roads.

Technology and Safety

There’s a six-and-a-half-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Volkswagen Car-Net app connectivity. Higher trims offer larger touchscreens and the latest MIB3 infotainment system with wireless App-Connect, enhanced voice recognition, USB ports, and an upgraded navigation system.

Standard safety components included in both models feature forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning, and a rearview camera. Upper trims ladder start adding more features, such as adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, lane-departure alerts, steering assist, and more!

Schedule a Test Drive for the Atlas or Atlas Cross Sport Near Kirkwood

Getting behind the wheel of these SUVs for an exciting test drive is the only way you can decide between the two. At Dean Team Volkswagen of Kirkwood, our sales team can answer all your questions and connect you with a finance expert to learn about lease and financing options.

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