Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 9.1 - 10.2 mpp
Diesel engines 10.2 - 11.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 42.8 - 47.9 mpg
Diesel engines 50.4 - 54.3 mpg
  • Frugal engine option, both petrol and diesel
  • Many common parts with other smaller models
  • Larger wheel options require more expensive tyres

The T-Cross comes with a reasonable range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which major on economy and efficiency. If you're after maximising your miles per gallon, then we'd direct you towards the frugal 1.6-litre diesel. Fuel consumption in the 'real world' WLTP test is between 52.0-54.3mpg for the one and only 95hp version. However, we'd advise going for the petrol, not least because it's so much nicer to drive.

Going petrol doesn't put you that far behind in mpg, though. Given the economical credentials of the 1.0-litre TSI petrol motors, achieving an average of at least 40mpg in the real-world shouldn’t prove too challenging. Officially, VW claims between 47.9-48.7mpg for the 95hp version and 46.3-47.9 for the 115hp manual. Should you opt for the DSG automatic, those quotes drop slightly to 44.8-45.6mpg. Plump for the more powerful 1.5 TSI Evo engine (available on the R-Line model) and that economy drops to 43.2mpg – still an impressive figure.

Being based on VW’s small car platform with much commonality between various other Volkswagen-badged as well as Audi, SEAT and Skoda models, parts prices shouldn’t prove to be drastically expensive or tricky to source. Consequently, servicing won’t be too difficult or costly, eithers.

How green is the Volkswagen T-Cross?

All 1.0-litre petrol models emit between 134-137g/km of CO2 meaning that at current VED car tax rates you will be paying £165 for the first year. That rises to 142g/km if you choose a 1.0-litre DSG automatic version. Going for the 1.5-litre R-Line model sees a rise (but not a significant one) to 148g/km of CO2 emissions.

The diesel is greener in terms of CO2 than the 1.5 at 140g/km, but if you want the lowest emissions, you're best off going for the 1.0-litre petrol. Technology is used to lower running costs further, with turbocharging benefiting both performance and economy, plus all T-Crosses feature stop/start technology to avoid burning through fuel when the car’s sat still.

Reliability for Volkswagen in the usual surveys, such as JD Power shows it's a middling performer with good dealer support. There are ongoing issues with the 1.5-litre TSI Evo, including poor running and smoothness, especially on the DSG automatic version. We've had problems with our similarly-powered Volkswagen Arteon long-term test car.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 8 - 17
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