2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE 4Motion new car reviews

Photography Courtesy Volkswagen

Want a Volkswagen but need three rows and the ability to tow 2000-5000 lbs.? Try the Atlas on for size.

VW offers eight different trims, available with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive, and, depending on the trim, a four- or six-cylinder engine.

We just sampled the SE trim–one step up from the base S trim–powered by the 2.0-liter turbo-four mated to VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Keep reading to get our driving impressions.

[Editor's note: photography depicts the VW Atlas SEL Premium 4Motion.]

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

It’s the Volkswagen of mid-sized SUVs.

That’s the review.

How’s that the review? The interior has that VWness–businesslike, not too flashy.

The SUV itself isn’t huge yet still has a third row. Call it efficient packaging.

And the ride is a few clicks tauter than the competition. It’s not a Toyota, not a Chrysler product.

The biggest trick: How can VW entice buyers from a so-crowded field?

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