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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 Tucson 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 Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Tucson’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 74 more horsepower (235 vs. 161) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 150) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Atlas Cross Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 54 more horsepower (235 vs. 181) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 95 more horsepower (276 vs. 181) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Atlas Cross Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Atlas Cross Sport has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tucson (18.6 vs. 16.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.
For better stopping power the Atlas Cross Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tucson:
Atlas Cross Sport
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 Tucson are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Atlas Cross Sport has larger standard tires than the Tucson (245/60R18 vs. 225/60R17). The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tucson (265/45R21 vs. 245/45R19).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas Cross Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tucson SE/Value. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Tucson Sport.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 12.2 inches longer than on the Tucson (117.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Tucson.
For greater off-road capability the Atlas Cross Sport has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Atlas Cross Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Atlas Cross Sport has 9.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tucson (112 vs. 102.2).
The Atlas Cross Sport has .1 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tucson.
The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Tucson with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 31 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Tucson with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 61.9 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Atlas Cross Sport. The Tucson doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tucson’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Tucson is only 2000 pounds. The Atlas Cross Sport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
The Atlas Cross Sport uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Tucson uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
When three different drivers share the Atlas Cross Sport SEL, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Tucson doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Tucson 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 Tucson’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 Tucson doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate.
When the Atlas Cross Sport SEL is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Tucson’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
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 Tucson doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tucson doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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