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The V60 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the V60 Cross Country and Atlas Cross Sport have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Atlas Cross Sport’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The V60 Cross Country has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the Atlas Cross Sport.
The V60 Cross Country’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V60 Cross Country and the Atlas Cross Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.
The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 1 year and 16000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the Atlas Cross Sport (3/36,000 vs. 2/20,000).
The battery on the V60 Cross Country is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60 Cross Country’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Atlas Cross Sport’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 3 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.
The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 more horsepower (250 vs. 235) than the Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
On the EPA test cycle the V60 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the Atlas Cross Sport 4Motion turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/31 hwy vs. 18 city/23 hwy).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V60 Cross Country higher (5 out of 10) than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport (3 to 5). This means the V60 Cross Country produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Atlas Cross Sport every 15,000 miles.
The V60 Cross Country’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 60 series tires.
The V60 Cross Country has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the V60 Cross Country flat and controlled during cornering. The Atlas Cross Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For better maneuverability, the V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.5 feet).
For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Atlas Cross Sport (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The V60 Cross Country is 7.2 inches shorter than the Atlas Cross Sport, making the V60 Cross Country easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The V60 Cross Country is 5.6 inches narrower than the Atlas Cross Sport, making the V60 Cross Country easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The V60 Cross Country is 8.6 inches shorter in height than the Atlas Cross Sport, making the V60 Cross Country much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).
The V60 Cross Country has .7 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Atlas Cross Sport.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Atlas Cross Sport SEL, the V60 Cross Country offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The V60 Cross Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left open on the V60 Cross Country the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Atlas Cross Sport can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The V60 Cross Country’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Atlas Cross Sport has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
The V60 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Atlas Cross Sport.
The V60 Cross Country has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Atlas Cross Sport SE/SEL.
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