2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Trim Levels

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport gray parked on side of road

Size always matters when it comes to cars, which is the reason Volkswagen decided to make a two-row version of the Volkswagen Atlas. The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport fits a niche as a two-row crossover in the mid-size segment. Now in its second model year, the Atlas Cross Sport has proven successful enough to deserve a wide range of trims.

For the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, trims start with the modest S and climb all the way up to the lofty SEL Premium R-Line. Many shoppers will want something between the extremes, so one of the other six options is sure to be the right fit. To help car shoppers narrow down their choices a little easier, the following chart highlights a pair of characteristic features from each trim.

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S LED Headlights Volkswagen App-Connect
SE Heated Front Seats Climatronic® Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
SE with Technology Park Distance Control (Front and Rear) Remote Start
SE with Technology R-Line R-Line Bumpers and Badging 20-Inch Alloy Wheels
SEL Panoramic Sunroof 4MOTION® All-wheel Drive
SEL R-Line Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 21-Inch Two-Tone Machined Alloy Wheels
SEL Premium Overhead View Camera (Area View) Leather Seating Surfaces
SEL Premium R-Line 21-Inch Two-Tone Machined Alloy Wheels Fender® Premium Audio system

Trim Level Comparison

Another thing to look for when shopping is the engine included with the trim. Many trims have an available 3.6L V6 engine that can reach 276 horsepower and up to 266 lb-ft of torque. 4MOTION® all-wheel drive availability is mixed among all the trims as well, making that another thing to look for when considering trims. The value of the S may prove hard to beat for a lot of shoppers, but the SE with Technology trim could be a major contender for the same crowd.

As usual, those who like sporty Volkswagen vehicles should elect for trims with the R-Line name attached. It appears three times among the trims, giving R-Line lovers variety in terms of pricing as well.

Although there is no exact middle trim, the SEL is probably the best representation of a middle trim for this model. The SEL includes all of the modern technology drivers expect, and then some, with plenty of extras to make it feel like a treat to drive without diving into the same territory as the more premium trims.