2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL R-Line

The enduring image of Volkswagen is formed by its iconic models of the past which come and go in new versions like the all new EV VW Microbus expected to arrive in US showrooms in a year from now.

In the last decade VW has moved from genre defining small cars to an impressive SUV stable starting with the value-packed Taos, the energetic Tiguan, the broad shouldered Atlas Cross Sport, and the new 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 EV SUV.

The updated 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL R-Line gets a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder tuned to Golf R, GTI and the Arteon sedan standards.

Is the Atlas Cross Sport enough of a scrambler to earn the performance “R” badge? With 269 horsepower this substantial SUV sprints off the line, finessing highway merges and high speed maneuvers, while towing rated for 5000 lb.

Inside the Atlas Cross Sport is well appointed with quilted ventilated seating in spare German style, with a premium on head and leg room and great all around visibility and comprehensive tech but some overbearing safety alerts. Priced from $36,000 – $51,000, the VW offers solid value.