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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 XT5 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 XT5 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XT5’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. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XT5.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the XT5’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 3 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 39 more horsepower (276 vs. 237) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 258) than the XT5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
For better traction, the Atlas Cross Sport has larger standard tires than the XT5 (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R18).
The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas Cross Sport R-Line has standard 21-inch wheels. The XT5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the XT5 (117.3 inches vs. 112.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the XT5.
For greater off-road capability the Atlas Cross Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Atlas Cross Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Atlas Cross Sport has 7.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT5 (112 vs. 104.5).
The Atlas Cross Sport has .4 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.
The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT5 with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT5 with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 63 cubic feet).
The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (2000 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Cadillac XT5 is only 3500 pounds. The Atlas Cross Sport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
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 XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
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 XT5 can only close 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 XT5’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 XT5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The XT5’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
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 XT5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the Cadillac XT5 by 63% during 2019.
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