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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 Grand Cherokee 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.
The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Atlas Cross Sport and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.
The Atlas Cross Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Grand Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (7 vs. 5 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. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Grand Cherokee.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Grand Cherokee’s 3.6 DOHC V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Atlas Cross Sport have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.
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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.
Regardless of its engine, the Atlas Cross Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Jeep only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Grand Cherokee V6.
For better stopping power the Atlas Cross Sport’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:
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 standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.
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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas Cross Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Grand Cherokee (117.3 inches vs. 114.7 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Grand Cherokee.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 850 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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 significantly lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Atlas Cross Sport get better fuel mileage.
The Atlas Cross Sport has 6.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (112 vs. 105.4).
The Atlas Cross Sport has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.
The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 36.3 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 68.3 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Atlas Cross Sport’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Grand Cherokee’s parking brake has to released manually.
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 Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee’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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee 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 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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