2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 Buick Envision

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Safety

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The Atlas Cross Sport has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Envision doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Atlas Cross Sport and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Envision’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Atlas Cross Sport for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Envision.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 38 more horsepower (235 vs. 197) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 24 more horsepower (276 vs. 252) than the Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Atlas Cross Sport has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (18.6 vs. 17.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Atlas Cross Sport

Envision

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.6 inches

The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Envision are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Atlas Cross Sport has larger standard tires than the Envision (245/60R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (265/45R21 vs. 235/50R19).

The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas Cross Sport R-Line has standard 21-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Atlas Cross Sport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the Envision (117.3 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 5 inches wider in the front and 5.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas Cross Sport has 11.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (112 vs. 100.6).

The Atlas Cross Sport has .7 inches more front legroom, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Atlas Cross Sport. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is only 1500 pounds. The Atlas Cross Sport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Atlas Cross Sport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Atlas Cross Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Envision doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Atlas Cross Sport offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Recommendations

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The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the Buick Envision by over two to one during 2019.

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