A milestone has been achieved- graduation from a university! For both parents and students, graduating college is a major achievement. Now that the cap and gown have come off, the daunting task of being a proper adult begins. For the college grad, this usually means starting a “real” job and moving into a new place of their own. Helping them celebrate their next stage of life and setting them up for success is a must for anyone with a recent graduate in the family. And is there a better way to start than with a new car? A vehicle is essential for getting to that new job, and it’s even better when it’s unused and in top condition. The 2024 VW Atlas Cross Sport near Santa Fe, NM is the perfect vehicle for a recent university graduate. Whether it’s a gift or they purchase it themselves with financial help, the Atlas Cross Sport is a sleek and stylish two-row SUV with an easygoing personality that your recent grad will cherish.
The VW Atlas was designed specifically for the SUV-hungry U.S. market in 2017, and the Atlas Cross Sport debuted in 2020 as a 5-passenger sidekick to its 7-seater sibling. Both have undergone a serious refresh, and the updated Cross Sport will arrive with new exterior styling, interior modifications, and even a new engine.
More standard features were added to every Atlas Cross Sport trim level. Premium amenities, such as tri-zone climate control and heated/ventilated front seats, will now be found on all Cross Sport models, from the base SE to the top-of-the-line SEL Premium R-Line. Every model will have a 12-inch touchscreen and a 10.3-inch VW Digital Cockpit gauge cluster display. An already excellent safety system has been improved, with a vehicle exit warning system and rear seat-belt detection now included.
Exterior updates include redesigned headlights, grille, and front bumper. An LED light bar and an illuminated VW logo grace the front of all models except the base trim and the rear sees a similar styling update that includes an illuminated bar and logo running the width of the tailgate.
Completing university studies and earning a degree deserves a fresh start as a new professional! The clean lines and minimalist motif of the German-engineered VW Atlas Cross Sport will keep recent grads focused on the road ahead. Drivers and passengers will experience a more upscale interior ambiance thanks to the improved cabin materials. In addition to the features mentioned above, other newly standard amenities include a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, adjustable ambient lighting, and a leatherette-trimmed dash made with softer touch materials.
Higher trims offer heated rear seats, and top-tier trims feature luxurious quilted leather seating with diamond stitching. The Cross Sport is incredibly spacious, delivering 112 cubic feet of space for passengers and a cargo volume of 40 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
Besides the improved displays, the 2024 VW Atlas Cross Sport near Santa Fe, NM will arrive with wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, six USB-C ports with fast-charging capabilities, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that will keep busy grads connected while on the go.
Lastly, the Cross Sport gets a new direct-injection TSI® 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder under the hood that’s more powerful yet more efficient than the previous engines. Providing 269 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, this SUV can also tow up to 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped.
EPA ratings for fuel economy are not yet available, but VW says they will best previous ratings of 21/25 mpg for city/highway. Front-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission are standard, but VW’s 4Motion AWD system is available on all models.
More details will be announced as the launch date in mid-summer arrives, but you can get an idea of what’s in store by checking out current VW models. Graduates and families are invited to stop by Fiesta VW, 8201 Lomas Blvd NE in Albuquerque, NM 87110, to view or test drive any of the outstanding VW lineup.