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2020 Atlas Cross Sport First Drive | Car Reviews

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Whistler, B.C. – Car brands are seeking for new niches to sell much more types. There’s nothing in that genuinely, but at the moment a person of the most promising segments ripe for enlargement is that of the midsize five-particular person SUV.

This classification is inhabited by a couple of veterans that for years had minimal level of competition and have been very well-established for years. Assume of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the best-marketing auto in its class in Canada, or the Ford Edge, which has also been in area for a very long time. Other types have been additional recently, like the Chevrolet Blazer and Honda Passport. We can now insert the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity to the residents’ listing.

Economic climate of (lesser) scale
Volkswagen adopted the same principle as Honda with the Passport, in essence taking the system and engines of the Atlas and removing the back two seats and some length. The Atlas Cross Activity is as a result centered on the same chassis as the Atlas but presents an overall length fifty nine mm shorter than the 2021 technology of the Atlas arriving this summer season.

Past that, it capabilities new headlights that lengthen the centre bar of the 3-bar chrome grille. The rear pillar and tailgate have a for a longer time slope than the Atlas to give the impact of a four-door coupe. VW also took the chance to redesign the styling with a a bit much more flowing silhouette in the Trendline, Confortlime and Execline versions. The latter, for an further $one,690, will come in an R-Line model that capabilities a exclusive bumper with a distinguished R logo and much more chrome and black lacquered trim, as very well as offered 21-inch wheels.

Two compact pet peeves about the Cross Activity: the foundation eighteen-inch wheels seem a minimal low cost for a $38,000 SUV, and Volkswagen has set up fake exhaust pipes (twin for the four-cylinder engine and quadruple for the V6) that frankly seem unappealing. Twin fake exhausts for the four-cylinder engine and quadruple fake exhausts for the V6. If the exhaust is hidden under the hood, depart it there. There’s no need to faux usually, no a person is fooled.

four or 6 cylinders
Just like with the Atlas, you have a alternative of a 235-hp two. turbocharged four-cylinder with 258 lb-ft of torque or the 276-hp 3.6L V6 with 266 lb-ft of torque.

The great information is that all Atlas Cross Activity types (as very well as the subsequent Atlas) will only be offered in AWD in Canada. This implies no much more four cylinders with entrance-wheel push only. Equally engines are mated to an 8-pace computerized transmission.

Volkswagen factors out that only five% of prospective buyers have been opting for a entrance-wheel-push product. With this all-wheel-push four-cylinder, Volkswagen men and women hope to declare thirty and even forty% of gross sales for the four-cylinder model. The Atlas, which ranks third on the brand’s gross sales chart (driving the Tiguan and the Jetta), desires to consolidate its position in the section with the Cross Activity model.

Relating to towing potential, it can be still possible to tow two,268 kg (or five,000 lb) with the V6, and VW representatives informed us that they’re operating quite tough to get the same capabilities with the four-cylinder.

Inside update
The value of a Trendline product is set at $38,995. For that, you get eighteen-inch wheels, LED computerized headlights with heated mirrors and entrance seats, rain-sensing wipers, fabric seats, a blind spot detector and rear cross-traffic sensor.

All types offer ahead collision warning with computerized unexpected emergency braking, blind spot checking technique and rear cross traffic warning.

For $45,195, the Comfortline adds adaptive cruise regulate, parking aid technique, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, remote commence, energy tailgate, panoramic roof, twin-zone computerized weather regulate, voice-activated regulate via an eight-inch screen and eight-way adjustable energy seats for the driver.

You have to go to the $fifty four,495 Execline model for the digital cockpit made by Audi, but you also then get heated and ventilated leather seats in the entrance and heated seats in the back with energy adjustment for the driver and entrance passenger. There’s also a larger sized stock of digital driving aids like the “Website traffic Jam Help”, which is an assistant that allows the auto to navigate via early morning traffic at speeds of up to sixty km/h, end and restart if traffic picks up within just 3 seconds.

The Execline also will come with a traffic-indication recognition technique that displays pace limits, no-passing zones, school zones and perform zones that are detected by cameras and auto info. A Fender audio technique with 12 Panasonic speakers and 480 watts is also amid the options.

The R-Line adds 21-inch rims, some awesome logos and stainless metal pedals.

An getting older V6
On this working day we drove both the four-cylinder and V6 types in transform. The upshot from that is that the V6 no for a longer time has the energy of attraction it had right until recently. With the addition of four-wheel push to the four-cylinder types, there is frankly minimal to be gained from heading for a V6. The energy and torque of the four-cylinder is quite very similar to all those of the V6, which dates back to the nineties and is beginning to display its age via common efficiency and superior gas use.

Driving mostly highways, it was difficult to get under thirteen.5L/one hundred km, even though the four-cylinder is closer to 11.five, which is not incredible but considerably much more acceptable.  

As talked about, Volkswagen informed us they’re operating tough to give the four-cylinder a towing potential of two,268 kg like the V6 with the (unacknowledged) aim of simply rmeoving the V6 from the solution offering. You can also feel the four-cylinder much more anxious on the road. Steering is specific with no getting quite communicative.

As for cargo place, you get one,141 litres driving the 2nd row of benches and in excess of two,200 if you fold the seats down.

For dad and mom who no for a longer time have little ones at house or simply for all those who do not need a third row, the Atlas Cross Activity presents one more alternate in this section. The four-cylinder is the product that we think tends to make the most perception.

We like

Properly-appointed interior place
Superior driving position
Comfortable seating

We like significantly less

Thirsty engines (even the four-cylinder)
Growing old V6
Some regrettable plastics still dot the cabin

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