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Volkswagen unveils new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport fastback SUV

There is a new model in the VW SUV lineup, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

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Volkswagen could not be restrained. In a vehicle design era where every two- and three-row luxury SUV is seemingly being re-conceived with a fastback design, it was only a matter of time before the Volkswagen Atlas got the treatment.

And here it is, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

"Building off the success of the Atlas seven-seater midsize SUV, we see an opportunity for a five-seater model that offers even more style and almost as much interior space," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "We look forward to entering this growing segment with the Atlas Cross Sport, which offers outstanding Volkswagen technology, driver-assist features, style, and value."

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The front of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is similar to the Atlas, but not identical.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The new SUV is 2.8 inches shorter than the current Atlas and 2.3 inches closer to the ground. It's the same 78.3 inches wide as the 2019 Atlas and rides on the identical 117.3-inch wheelbase.

At its front, the Atlas Cross Sport has a three-bar chrome grille and a distinctive new light signature. These looks are very similar to what was seen on the Volkswagen concept that was first seen at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The rear of the Atlas Cross Sport features a sloping roofline and less square appearance than the Atlas.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The look is rounded out with a sculpted rear bumper, and chrome accents on the lower body sides, rear bumper, and windows. R-Line models features more heavily sculpted bumpers with chrome and piano black treatments and available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

VW is giving buyers the same powertrain options in the Atlas Cross Sport as they have in the Atlas - a 235-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or the 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The interior of the Atlas Cross Sport is more premium than in the Atlas, alluding to what is coming in the larger model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The model has interior upgrades over the Atlas. There's a new steering wheel and available stitching accents on the door inserts and seats. There's a more modern list of available features including wireless charging, heated rear seats and steering wheel, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and the Fender Premium Audio System with 12 speakers. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit configurable instrument display is available on the SEL and SEL Premium trims.

It comes standard with forward collision warning with braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear traffic alert. Other safety and driver assistance features are available including adaptive cruise control, park distance control, traffic jam assist, and dynamic road sign display.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The Atlas Cross Sport has a good amount of passenger and cargo space despite its sloping roofline.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The Atlas Cross Sport has 111.8 cubic feet of passenger space. There is 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row seats and that number expands to 77.8 cubic feet with the second row folded. Though the new model has less space than the original Atlas SUV, it still has more space than many other three-row SUVs.

The Chattanooga-made 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be available in eight trim levels: S, SE, SE w/Tech, SE w/Tech R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. The model will go on sale in Spring 2020 with pricing announced closer to that date.

AutomotiveMap's writers chose their favorite vehicles to use to make a large Costco run.

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It's always the paper towels. They take up more room than you think and then you're left trying to figure out where to put the rotisserie chicken.

When you're ready to upgrade your vehicle, consider these AuotmotiveMap picks, which are perfect for shopping trips to Costco, Sam's Club, and the like.

​2020 Ford Escape

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Sue Mead: The 2020 Ford Escape has been completely redesigned for the new model year. The sportier, more powerful, and more premium Escape comes in front- and all-wheel drive variants. It's also available as a hybrid that has up to 400 miles of range. The value-priced Escape has standard Ford Co-Pilot360 safety and driver assistance technology and a large rear cargo space.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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Harvey Briggs: Start with 165 cubic feet of passenger volume, the convenience of stow-and-go seating, side doors and a tailgate that open wide and there's no better vehicle for hauling a 65" flatscreen, five pounds of crab legs, and four all-season radials than this. Get a black 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with the S appearance package for a look that's bad to the bone.

​2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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Jesus Garcia: When you absolutely, positively need to buy and carry everything you buy at Costco, accept no substitute than the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with its efficient 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine and available 4x4. Like any good passenger van, it has gobs of storage space.

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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Perry Stern, AutoNXT: The unique cargo carrying ability of Honda's pickup truck – a lockable trunk below a proper cargo bed – make the Ridgeline an excellent option for the run to Costco.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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Nicole Wakelin: Like is hybrid counterpart, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica offers lots of cargo room without having to fold down the seats so you can head straight to pick up the kids at school without a stop at home.

2020 Honda CR-V

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Eileen Falkenberg-Hull: The Honda CR-V ticks a lot of boxes for the average family and many of them are likely big box retailer shoppers. The compact SUV seats up to five and has cavernous cargo space which means you can easily fit a stroller alongside your load of toilet paper, roasted chicken, wine, and fruit snacks.

2020 Ford Expedition Max

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Chad Kirchner: The 2020 Ford Expedition Max is the way to go because the extra 12-inches of cargo space is needed for the bulk buys when you're toting along your whole family for an excursion.

The Hyundai Venue is new to the U.S. for the 2020 model year.

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If you thought it didn't get any smaller than the subcompact Hyundai Kona, you were wrong. Hyundai's new, smaller SUV, the 2020 Hyundai Venue, has made its way to the U.S. market. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know.

Hyundai developed the model to be budget-friendly.

Research indicated that people often pass up buying new cars because they are too expensive, but then they miss out on the latest safety and infotainment tech. Hyundai wanted to create a vehicle that would cost as much as a used car but have all new equipment.

2020 Hyundai Venue The backside of the Venue reveals a wide opening trunk.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Venue comes in three trim levels.

Buyers get to choose between the base SE, SEL, or top-tier Denim model. All the models come with the same engine but the base model has a six-speed manual transmission as opposed to the Venue SEL and Denim's intelligent variable transmission. SEL and Denim models of the front-wheel drive SUV have three drive modes: normal, sport, and snow.

The Nissan Kicks isn't very quick. What is the engine like in the Venue?

The Venue is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. It's peppier than the Kicks but nothing too exciting. Still, you'll feel like you have plenty of power at speed.

2020 Hyundai Venue The interior of the Venue features a standard 8-inch infotainment screen.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai has loaded the Venue with a solid list of safety features.

Standard and available safety features include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) uses the car's front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings automatically steering the car if necessary.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) helps detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue or careless
  • Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning (RCCW) helps detect when a vehicle may have entered a car's rearward path providing a driver

It's supposed to cost as much as a used car. What's the MSRP?

Hyundai sells the Venue SE for $17,350. The SEL is $19,250 and the Venue Denim is $22,050. That MSRP does not include the destination charge. Remember, most dealers are willing to negotiate on prices.

So it's a cheap car. Does it look cheap inside?

The short answer is no. The Venue Denim has nicer appointments than many mid-grade trucks on the market that cost a fair amount more. The designer of the HVAC system controls should be proud that they're both easy to use and attractive while looking like little else currently on the market.

The seats are comfortable.

Most low-cost SUVs and cars have seats that aren't comfortable for any length of time. The Venue is the exception to this rule.

When does it go on sale.

The Hyundai Venue is currently for sale at dealerships nationwide.