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  • Plenty of room for four
  • Flexible use of space
  • Compact dimensions for town use

For smaller families, the Volkswagen T-Cross will prove to be an eminently practical choice with ample room for four, along with plenty of in-cabin storage options. That sliding rear bench – standard on all T-Cross models – will prove useful for those with kids as little ones in child seats will be within close reach of adults in the front.

Although very similar in footprint to the Polo, the T-Cross’s extra height and elevated seating positions makes it much easier to get children into car seats without bending over so severely. With its compact dimensions – note that the R-Line is slightly longer at 4,235mm – the T-Cross is no trickier to park and drive in cities than a regular supermini. In fact, sitting slightly higher, makes it even easier in many regards.

That extra height also allows the T-Cross to have a deeper boot than the Polo, a feature boosted on SE models and above with their variable-height boot floors.The sliding rear bench allows the boot volume to be increased without reducing the seat tally, although it can be split-folded 60:40 to increase the space available or to accommodate longer loads.

Volkswagen T-Cross safety

  • A full five-star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Lots of standard safety equipment across the range
  • Although it’s an SUV, there’s no four-wheel drive option

Euro NCAP tested the Volkswagen T-Cross for crash-testing purposes in late 2019 and gave it a clean bill of health. It was particularly impressive for its ability to protect the driver and everyone inside, with a strong passenger compartment. Those upfront are the most protected, with Euro NCAP saying the rear-seat occupants benefit from 'adequate' protection.

Standard safety equipment is on the positively generous side with all models featuring:

SEL models and above also feature automatic lights and adaptive cruise control. One feature not available on any T-Cross derivative is Volkswagen’s 4Motion four-wheel drive system, despite its chunky SUV looks suggesting the contrary. Far better in colder months to switch to winter tyres for enhanced traction.

Volkswagen T-Cross crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
First Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Line optional equipment
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Roof rails
SE optional equipment
None available

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SEL optional equipment
  • CD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen T-Cross SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 97%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 81%
Safety Assist: 80%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.