2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 BMW X5

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Atlas Cross Sport and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 84 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Atlas Cross Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the X5’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Atlas Cross Sport’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.5 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The design of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport amounts to more than styling. The Atlas Cross Sport has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .34 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Atlas Cross Sport get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas Cross Sport has 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Atlas Cross Sport’s rear seats recline. The X5’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X5 with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 33.9 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X5 with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 72.3 cubic feet).

The Atlas Cross Sport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Atlas Cross Sport (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the BMW X5 by 49% during 2019.

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