2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Cayenne Coupe. But it costs extra on the Atlas Cross Sport.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Cayenne Coupe helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Cayenne Coupe and the Atlas Cross Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Cayenne Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Cayenne Coupe’s reliability 68 points higher than the Atlas Cross Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 27th.

Engine

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The Cayenne Coupe has more powerful engines than the Atlas Cross Sport:

Horsepower

Torque

Cayenne Coupe 3.0 turbo V6

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne S Coupe 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

455 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

541 HP

568 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

670 HP

663 lbs.-ft.

Atlas Cross Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

235 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Atlas Cross Sport 3.6 DOHC V6

276 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Coupe running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Atlas Cross Sport:

MPGe

Cayenne Coupe

AWD

Electric Motor

45 city/37 hwy

Atlas Cross Sport

MPG

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/24 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/23 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/23 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/22 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Coupe running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Atlas Cross Sport:

MPG

Cayenne Coupe

AWD

E-Hybrid 3.0 turbo V6

20 city/22 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/23 hwy

S 2.9 turbo V6

18 city/22 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/19 hwy

Atlas Cross Sport

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/23 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/23 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/22 hwy

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Atlas Cross Sport must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Atlas Cross Sport (19.8 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Cayenne Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Atlas Cross Sport (23.7 vs. 18.6 gallons).

Transmission

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The Cayenne Coupe’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cayenne Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Atlas Cross Sport:

Cayenne

Cayenne S

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne opt.

Atlas Cross Sport

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15.4 inches

16.3 inches

17.3 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

14.4 inches

16.1 inches

12.2 inches

The Cayenne Coupe offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne Coupe Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cayenne Coupe has larger standard tires than the Atlas Cross Sport (F:275/45R20 & R:305/40R20 vs. 245/60R18). The Cayenne Coupe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Atlas Cross Sport (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 265/45R21).

The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 275/45R20 front and 305/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 60 series tires. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 285/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne Coupe has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Atlas Cross Sport. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels on the Atlas Cross Sport R-Line.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cayenne Coupe has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cayenne Coupe flat and controlled during cornering. The Atlas Cross Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Cayenne Coupe offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Cayenne Coupe offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Volkswagen doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Atlas Cross Sport.

The Cayenne Coupe has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Atlas Cross Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Cayenne Coupe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Cayenne Coupe’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (39.8 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cayenne Coupe has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Atlas Cross Sport (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Cayenne Coupe to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Cayenne Coupe Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.6 inches higher than on the Atlas Cross Sport (9.6 vs. 8 inches).

Towing

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The Cayenne Coupe’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (7700 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Cayenne Coupe is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Atlas Cross Sport. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 62% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Atlas Cross Sport SEL, the Cayenne Coupe offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Cayenne Coupe’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Cayenne Coupe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Atlas Cross Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Cayenne Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cayenne Coupe offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Cayenne Coupe’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Atlas Cross Sport has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cayenne Coupe offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Atlas Cross Sport.

The Cayenne Coupe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Atlas Cross Sport SE/SEL.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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