Auto123 opinions the new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity.
The trend at a lot of automakers these times is to acquire an SUV and, with a slight redesign, set it again on the market place as a 4-door activity coupe. Volkswagen is no exception and presents us this year an Atlas Cross Activity with a revised rear finish (with blended results) and a additional-winsome entrance finish that appears to be like extremely significantly like the normal Atlas. The over-all outcome is visually enjoyable. To wit, we received many appears to be like for the duration of our week-lengthy examination drive of a array-topping $54,495 Execline version.
The Cross Activity is, as talked about, adapted from the 2020 Atlas. It retains the similar wheelbase, but it shrinks by a hundred and forty four mm many thanks to the different roofline. The roof is 59 mm lower and finishes with a activity coupe-type angle. The entrance finish of the automobile is, all in all, fairly eye-catching with an aggressive facial area, nicely made headlights and two substantial air intakes under the headlights. This offers the activity coupe SUV a fairly facial area, a person unique from that of the Atlas.
The rear finish is significantly less charming in truth, it feels like the designers have been in a hurry to minimize it off sharply and plonk on to it aspects lying about the studio flooring. As evidence, in contrast to the classy headlights, the imposing taillights seem to harken again to the SUVs of the 90s let us concur that’s possibly not what you want to harken again to. To develop balance with the pretend air intakes at the entrance, Volkswagen also went with pretend exhaust stores at the rear. We could have done devoid of ‘em.
Luckily, from the side, many thanks to the twenty-inch wheels and the lowered roof, the effect of a sports coupe is there, so mission completed.
Nothing changes compared to the standard Atlas, except of training course for the absence of the 3rd row of seats. The interior is extremely perfectly-appointed, and the door panels are covered with the similar gentle leather-based as the seats. The only disappointment is the overuse of small-finish plastic for issues like the window controls and centre console. Remember that this is a automobile costing shut to $fifty five,000.
Luckily, fairly significantly almost everything else functions to dissipate any effect we could have been establishing that Volkswagen is out to make pleasurable of us. To start with of all, there is the massive key screen (8 inches) that is easy to use with your fingertips, as perfectly as brief-entry buttons to regulate the audio technique, GPS or automobile configurations.
In the again is the place issues most adjust in comparison with the Atlas, of course plenty of. To start with of all, the doorways open extensive to provide easy entry to a bench that is just as comfy as the entrance seats. The distinction is that you get limousine-like legroom. By eradicating the 3rd bench seat, VW was capable to put in the next a person in purchase to supply optimum legroom. Even with a massive 6′ 5″ bumper installed on the entrance passenger seat, a 6′ two” occupant could sit immediately guiding it devoid of running out of space. This is not attainable with a lot of automobiles.
The removing of the 3rd bench seat also translates into a trunk so generous it could provide as a wardrobe for Girl Gaga. With 1141 litres at your disposal, you can conveniently accommodate all the baggage of all your travellers. Of training course, the angled glass of the tailgate could stop you fitting in specified bulky sq.-formed objects. If this comes about, travellers in the rear seat can be asked to get out so you can fold down the rear bench and advantage from the monumental cargo quantity of 2203 litres. Enable them acquire the bus…
To move this activity-coupe-type SUV about, our Execline version is equipped with a 3.6L V6 establishing 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque in tandem with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The other motor provided with the Trendline and Comfortline versions is a turbocharged 4-cylinder building 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to the similar gearbox.
The distinction in electricity concerning the two engines is not substantial, nor is the driving working experience: our V6 version was extremely smooth. The transmission is as discreet as a butler for the Royal Relatives and the gear changes are extremely smooth. The other gain of the V6 motor, in addition to the smooth seem it emits, is that it can pull up to 5,000 lb, compared to the two,000 lb attainable with the 4-cylinder. We did not have the opportunity to examination the Atlas Cross Activity equipped with that mill, but I consider that many thanks to the turbocharger, commences are a little additional dynamic than with the V6.
Gas consumption averaged thirteen.9L/a hundred km for the duration of our examination drive. Luckily for our funds, a lot of of our kilometres have been driven on the highway, which permitted us to cut down this figure to an virtually acceptable amount. In the town, it was about 16.0L/a hundred km. That’s fairly atrocious, and it’s thanks generally to an aging motor that will not actually have a location these times in the Volkswagen family, which generally focuses on 4-cylinder turbocharged engines.
The Atlas Cross Activity drives extremely perfectly, is extremely comfy and is nice to use on a everyday foundation. A person of its greatest property is devoid of a question its interior quantity. There’s enough room in all places in the automobile, entrance and rear, down small and up prime, and of training course in the substantial trunk.
This automobile is available in Canada starting off at $38,995 in the Trendline version, which, despite the fact that it will not supply all the attributes of the prime-of-the-line Execline variant, still allows you to acquire gain of all that interior room and the model’s athletic silhouette. These are two of the big property of the Atlas Cross Activity.
Its key competitor in this section is the Honda Passport. Owning driven the two, we would lean in the direction of the Atlas Cross Activity for its dynamic and sporty search, regardless of a shorter warranty than the Japanese competitor.
Modern and eye-catching appears to be like
We like significantly less
Extreme V6 fuel consumption
Shorter warranty than rivals
Plastic aspects abound in the interior
Volkswagen Atlas (for $36,740, you have a 3rd row of seats)
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Activity images