There are a total of eight trims comprising the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport lineup: S, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. The S, SE, SE with Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium all come standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. All other trims get the 3.6-liter VR6 with 276 hp and 266 lb-ft by default. Every trim besides the SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line have the choice of both FWD or AWD, but these two trims are only compatible with AWD. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the lineup.
Going for the S gets you LED exterior lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, and power-adjustable wing mirrors. Inside, there is manual air conditioning, six-way manually-adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The safety spec includes blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning.
The SE looks much the same from the outside, but the cabin gets a welcome lift by virtue of leatherette upholstery. Comfort goes up a few notches with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The MIB3 infotainment system with a larger eight-inch touchscreen is added as well.
Next is the SE with Technology which wears larger 20-inch alloy wheels. It can also be optioned with a panoramic sunroof. This model boasts a 115V power outlet, adaptive cruise control, and park distance control.
The SE with Technology R-Line, like other R-Line variants, has sportier body styling with unique bumpers and badging. It also enjoys a leather-wrapped steering wheel and stainless steel pedal caps.
If you want most of the bells and whistles, the SEL is a good place to start. This model comes with travel assist, dynamic road sign display, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, a memory system for the driver’s seat, and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. It’s also the first trim to get a digital cockpit and navigation.
The SEL R-Line blends the R-Line’s racier appearance with the SEL’s generous selection of standard features. Here, 21-inch alloys are standard. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and stainless steel pedal caps are shared with the cheaper SE with Technology R-Line.
The SEL Premium distinguishes itself from previous trims with power-folding side mirrors housing puddle lights. Climb inside, and there’s genuine leather in place of leatherette. This trim also has ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a 12-speaker Fender sound system.
Last but certainly not least, the SEL Premium R-Line is the ultimate Atlas Cross Sport. It has all the aesthetic trimmings of other R-Lines along with the SEL Premium’s many upscale features. This trim is only available with the VR6 engine and AWD.