VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS ESTATE 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2141 g/km

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 and 1.6 TDI diesel engine options. And you can make it very much your own. What's not to like?

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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 and 1.6 TDI diesel engine options. And you can make it very much your own. What's not to like?

Background

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.

Driving Experience

There are three T-Cross engine options. Most buyers will want Volkswagen's 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. 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. We said there were three engine options. The minority-interest third choice is a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 95PS. It develops 250Nm of pulling power, a useful increase from the 200Nm figure you get in the 1.0 TSI 115PS unit. 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. The 1.6 TDI diesel variants start from just under £21,500. 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. The 1.6 TDI diesel variant manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel figure of 48.9mpg and an NEDC CO2 reading of 140g/km. 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.

Summary

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 with 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.

  • Rain sensor
  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Rear tinted glass 65% approx light absorbing from B pillar backwards

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • ESC with EDL, ASR, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
  • Hill start assist

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • 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
  • Lane assist
  • Driver alert system
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering

  • Stop/start system

  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
  • Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
  • Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Digital Cockpit Pro
  • Discover media navigation system with 8" display including streaming and internet
  • eCall emergency call system

  • Automatic dimming interior rear view mirror

  • Race decorative inserts in dash and doors

  • Misfuel prevention device
  • Battery regeneration during braking

  • Premium USB cable for Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • 2 X USB connection with USB charging sockets and in rear centre console

  • Radiator grille with high gloss surface and chrome strip
  • Lower door sills and door pillars in black
  • Tailgate with integrated roof spoiler
  • Galvanised body
  • Unique R Line badging
  • Stainless steel door sill protection
  • Rear window aerial
  • Reflectors in all doors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Silver roof rails

  • Rear lights incorporating LED technology
  • Front fog lights with static cornering function
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • Manual coming/automatic leaving home lighting function
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Dusk sensor + automatic driving lights
  • LED dipped and main beam headlights with automatic range adjustment including separate unique signature LED daytime running lights

  • Heating and fresh air system with 4 stage blower
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • 2 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder
  • Black headlining
  • Variable boot floor
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Carbon flag cloth upholstery
  • Moveable and foldable Rear bench seat
  • Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel with contrast stitching and aluminium inserts with R Line logo
  • Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door

  • 2 Front and rear reading lights incorporating LED technology
  • Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • R Line styling pack - T-cross
  • Composition Media infotainment system pack - T cross

  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable 3 point automatic front seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Drivers and Front Passengers airbags with front passengers airbag deactivation switch
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Extended and proactive pedestrian protection
  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
  • 3 rear head restraints and 3 rear three point seat belts
  • Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Front seat R Line logo with rear seat backrest
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Front sports seat with height and lumbar adjustment

  • Remote tailgate unlocking using key fob
  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Child security locks in rear doors

  • Driver and front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror

  • 18" Nevada black alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 115
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 141

  • CC: 999
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: R Line
  • Coin Description: TSI 115
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 13E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 80
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 115
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 115
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.2
  • Top Speed: 120
  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 148
  • Engine Torque - NM: 200
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/45 R18
  • Wheel Style: NEVADA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 1977
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1584
  • Length: 4108
  • Width: 1760
  • Wheelbase: 2551

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1175
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1730
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 620
  • Max. Loading Weight: 555
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 455
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1281
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Voice activation: £210

  • Rear view camera: £265
  • Park assist - Parallel parking assistant with front/rear parking sensors: £130
  • Driver profile selection: £140
  • Front and rear parking sensor with ultrasonic, audible with audio volume reduction when activated and optical parking display via vehicle audio system: Included

  • Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with reverse activated kerb view adjustment on passenger's side: £160
  • Black door mirrors: £0
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators: Included
  • Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors: Included

  • Front and rear 6 speakers: Included

  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £575
  • Special solid paint: Included
  • Signature metallic paint: £730

  • High beam assist: £145

  • Beats sound pack - T-cross: £435
  • Winter pack - T-cross: £305
  • Smoking pack - T-cross: £25

  • Metallic - Energetic Orange: £575
  • Metallic - Limestone grey: £575
  • Metallic - Reflex Silver: £575
  • Metallic - Reef blue: £575

  • Pearl - Deep black: £575

  • Special solid - Pure white: £0
  • Signature metallic paint - Makena Turquoise: £730
  • Signature metallic paint - Champagne Silver: £730

  • Remote keyless entry using key fob including Start/Stop button on centre console: £345
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys: Included

  • Carbon flag cloth - Black with crystal grey: £0

  • Tyre mobility kit and compressor: Included
  • Steel space saver spare wheel: £115

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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