2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 Jaguar E-Pace

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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 Jaguar E-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 E-Pace 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 E-Pace 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, 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 E-Pace’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Jaguar 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 E-Pace’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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 25th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (276 vs. 246) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

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 E-Pace requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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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 E-Pace are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 11.7 inches longer than on the E-Pace (117.3 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the E-Pace.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas Cross Sport has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 5.4 inches more front shoulder room, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Atlas Cross Sport’s rear seats recline. The E-Pace’s rear 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 E-Pace with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Jaguar E-Pace is limited to 3968 pounds. The Atlas Cross Sport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 E-Pace can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas Cross Sport to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the E-Pace.

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 E-Pace 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Atlas Cross Sport SE/SEL has standard extendable sun visors. The E-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Atlas Cross Sport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The E-Pace doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SE/SEL has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The E-Pace doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Atlas Cross Sport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by over 17 to one during 2019.

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