Wheels - Alloy
Wheels - Spare
Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Automatic post collision braking system
ESC with EDL, ASR, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
Hill start assist
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
We Connect Go Dongle
Wireless Car net app connect with Apple CarPlay, combined functionality of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and MirrorLink
Adaptive cruise control including front assist, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, speed limiter
Blind spot monitoring
Driver alert system
Power assisted speed sensitive steering
'Lights On' Reminder warning buzzer
Car information display
eCall emergency call system
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Operating permit alteration
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Automatic dimming interior rear view mirror
Battery regeneration during braking
Misfuel prevention device
2 X USB connection with USB charging sockets and in rear centre console
DAB Digital radio receiver
Diversity antenna for FM reception
Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
Premium USB cable for Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
Title and cover art display
Black roof rails
Body colour door handles
Body coloured bumpers
Lower door sills and door pillars in black
Radiator grille with high gloss surface and chrome strip
Rear window aerial
Reflectors in all doors
Tailgate with integrated roof spoiler
Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
Dusk sensor + automatic driving lights
Front fog lights with static cornering function
High level 3rd brake light
Manual coming/automatic leaving home lighting function
Rear fog light on one side, reversing light on both sides
Rear lights incorporating LED technology
Dust and pollen filter
Heating and fresh air system with 4 stage blower
12V Accessory socket in centre console
Drawer under drivers seat
Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Luggage compartment cover
Moveable and foldable Rear bench seat
Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door
Three spoke multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel and gearknob
Variable boot floor
Front and rear reading lights X 2
Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
Interior light with delay
Luggage compartment lighting
Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
Drivers and Front Passengers airbags with front passengers airbag deactivation switch
Extended and proactive pedestrian protection
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front seat side impact airbags
Height adjustable 3 point automatic front seatbelts with pretensioners
Pre crash preventive occupant protection
Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Single torn horn
Tyre pressure loss indicator
3 rear head restraints and 3 rear three point seat belts
60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Front seat back storage pockets
Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats
Manual front seats with height adjustment
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Child security locks in rear doors
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote tailgate unlocking using key fob
Driver and front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Volkswagen's considered entry into the supermini-based SUV sector, the T-Cross, should find a ready market, thinks Jonathan Crouch
Ten Second Review
Think of a Volkswagen Polo with a more adventurous image, a slightly larger cabin and a more flexible interior. You're picturing this car, Volkswagen's smallest SUV, the T-Cross. It's trendy, quite sophisticated and very acceptably efficient, thanks to its 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit. And you can make it very much your own. What's not to like?
It may seem as if Volkswagen has a considerable number of family SUVs in its model line-up but the surprising truth is that until the introduction of this T-Cross model, the Wolfsburg brand had been completely absent from one of this crucial segment's fastest-growing sectors; that for supermini-based SUVs.
Nissan launched the Juke in 2011. Renault announced the Captur in 2014. It wasn't though until late 2018 that we first saw this T-Cross. It slots into the Volkswagen range just below the Golf-based T-Roc. Which in turn sits below the Tiguan and Touareg SUVs in the company's line-up. the T-Cross is Polo-based and sits on the same MQB-A0 platform as its VW Group cousins, the Skoda Kamiq and the SEAT Arona.
To want a T-Cross, you've got to want Volkswagen's 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine because that's the only one on offer - for the time being anyway. Entry-level variants get it in 95PS form with a 5-speed gearbox but further up the range, the variants available feature this unit in a 115PS state of tune. Go for that and you'll be offered the option of a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. Both engines have impressive torque available from low revs - the 95PS version delivering 175Nm from just 2,000rpm and the 115PS version serving up its 200Nm across the same 2,000rpm to 3,500rpm band. In other words, you won't have to row this little VW along with the gear lever through town.
T-Cross models equipped with the 95PS engine reach 62mph in 11.5 seconds, with a top speed of 112mph where legal, while the punchier 115PS versions top out at 120mph, reaching 62mph in 10.2 seconds. All T-Cross models are front-driven: there's not much appetite in this segment for 4WD. In any case, the Polo platform doesn't allow for it. Don't expect a T-Cross to ride quite as well as a Polo - that taller, heavier body has to tell somewhere - but for the school run and commuting duties, few buyers are likely to have issues.
Design and Build
The T-Cross is actually very similar in size to its T-Roc showroom stablemate, despite the fact that it sits on an MQB-A0 platform supposedly designated for cars a class smaller. It's a couple of inches longer and just under six inches taller than the Polo supermini it's based upon but that still leaves it a touch tinier than most key rivals in the segment for small SUVs. That doesn't stop it from being plenty spacious enough for a small family inside though. There's second row space big enough for a couple of six foot adults to sit comfortably, particularly if they shift the standard sliding rear bench all the way back. Doing that reduces boot space from 455 to 385-litres (still 10% more than a Polo). An adjustable-height boot floor makes the cargo space accessible for a variety of loads too.
Up front, the elevated hip point makes this T-Cross feel bigger than a supermini. If you find yourself paying more to get the Volkswagen badge, you might be a little disappointed to find that the dashboard plastics are rather scratchy. Still, the fascia controls are intuitive and the top two trim levels get a classy 8-inch centre-dash touchscreen with 'Apple Carplay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring functionality.
Market and Model
Expect the T-Cross to sell in the £17,000 to £25,000 bracket, which is fractionally above what you'll pay for volume rivals like Renault's Captur, Nissan's Juke or, indeed, this model's two VW Group cousins, the Skoda Kamiq and the SEAT Arona. T-Cross buyers are offered a choice of four trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line'. 'SE' buyers get the chance to pay £750 more to graduate from the entry-level 95PS version of the 1.0 TSI petrol engine to the 115PS variant. Further up the range, you have to have this perkier unit. Providing you avoid base trim and the base 95PS engine, you'll be offered the chance to pay £1,500 more for a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox.
All T-Cross variants benefit from a sliding rear bench seat as standard. And the 'SE' derivatives that most customers will choose get 17-inch 'Clayton' alloy wheels, black roof rails and front fog lights with cornering function. Plus a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and a variable boot floor. Tech highlights include adaptive cruise control, app connect and a driver alert system. 'SEL' trim brings 17-inch 'Chesterfield' alloys, tinted windows, LED headlights and silver roof rails, as well as front sport seats, carpet mats and an ambient lighting package. Climate control and a Discover Navigation system are also included. We could write for the rest of the page about the opportunities for model personalisation; suffice it to say that there are plenty.
Cost of Ownership
Volkswagen quotes CO2 figures for the 1.0 TSI engine ranging between 111 and 115g/km - so not too far off what you'd get in a diesel. Expect around 55mpg on the combined cycle. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your T-Cross will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner.
What else? Warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since this is what's on offer with its mechanically very similar LCV models. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your T-Cross, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package. Whatever your decision, your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this model is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.
It's surprising that Volkswagen took so long to enter the supermini-sized part of the SUV segment. There's no doubt though that the brand has taken careful note of what buyers want in this class and provided a product that seems to meet what the market's currently looking for. You'll pay a little more for a T-Cross than you will for its most obvious rivals, but what you get in return is a car will a little more polish than obvious competitors.
The sliding rear bench will be a key showroom selling point and buyers will be pleased to find plenty of opportunities for personalisation. You could downsize from a Golf into one of these and feel quite happy - and we think plenty of customers will. How appealing the T-Cross will be to drivers currently loyal to rival brands is another question. There's no doubt though, that it's likely to carve out a useful niche for itself.