Volkswagen launched the two-row Atlas Cross Sport in 2020 – two years after the standard three-row Atlas. In 2021, the Atlas Cross Sport received a few tech and safety updates but remains mostly unchanged. With this model still fresh, we expect the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport to be a carryover model.
Visually, the current Atlas Cross Sport retains most of the vanilla Atlas design, including its upright face, smooth bodyside lines, slight hood ridges, and upright tailgate. The Cross Sport livens things up a bit with its forward-leaning tailgate. We expect this design to remain the same in the 2022 VW Atlas.
Inside, the Atlas Cross Sport features the same typical Volkswagen cabin as the base Atlas. This space is clean, clutter-free, and plays it safe with long stretches of featureless plastics and soft-touch materials. VW adds a dose of sportiness with its flat-bottom steering wheel, but this only breaks up the monotony for a second. The Cross Sport’s interior differs from the base Atlas with its two-row seating configuration – the base Atlas is a three-row crossover. We expect this simple interior design to remain in the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport.
The Atlas Sport offers plenty of standard equipment, including a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, cloth upholstery, 17-inch wheels, and more. Buyers can move up the trim level ladder and get more premium amenities, like an 8-inch touchscreen, tri-zone climate control, 20-inch wheels, leatherette upholstery, a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster, five USB ports, a Fender audio system, and more. We expect the standard features and options to remain the same in the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport.
The current Atlas Cross Sport has two powertrain options. The base setup is a 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but buyers can opt for a 276-hp 3.6-liter V6. These engines pair with the same eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional with both engines. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.
The current VW Atlas Cross Sport hasn’t been through IIHS safety testing, but the 2020 model pulled off “Good” results in five of the six IIHS crash tests. It hasn’t been through the roof-strength test yet. It even received a “Good” rating for its available LED projector headlights. While this set it up for Top Safety Pick status, the IIHS hasn’t rated its standard automatic emergency braking yet, disqualifying it from TSP consideration. We expect all the safety features and ratings to remain the same in the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport.