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No 4x4 for VW's smallest SUV - set for launch in 2019

PROS

  • Larger T-Roc drives extremely well
  • Efficient engines make it cheap to run
  • Some versions will have loads of kit

CONS

  • No 4x4 versions will be offered
  • Likely to carry a Volkswagen premium
  • Not that different to T-Roc

Verdict

VW T-Cross review summary

The first details are emerging of Volkswagen’s next SUV model, the T-Cross, set to join the range below the popular VW T-Roc. It’ll be built alongside the Polo, which shares many of its underpinnings, at VW’s Navarra plant in Spain.

It's set to be a rival for the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic, Vauxhall Mokka X and countless other small, chunky-looking SUVs.

VW T-Cross side profile shot

Although the smallest crossover in the Volkswagen stable may look like a 4x4, it’s actually only going to be available with front-wheel drive. It sits on the same MQB modular architecture as many of the firm’s models, and boast the following dimensions:

VW T-Cross dimensions

  • Length: 4,107mm
  • Height: 1,558mm
  • The VW T-Cross's width hasn’t been announced at time of publication
  • Boot volume: 385-455 litres

VW T-Cross boot graphic

The boot itself is variable, with the rear seat bench sliding to unlock more cabin room or luggage space as required. The back seats also split in a 60:40 configuration. Folding them down liberates a maximum of 1,281 litres.

What engines will the Volkswagen T-Cross get?

We expecting a range of petrol and diesel engines, the former likely to be a 1.0-litre TFSI with 95hp, 115hp and 150hp, and the latter a 2.0-litre with 95hp.

Precise specification will be confirmed closer to the T-Cross’s official launch in 2019, but we’re expecting the latest VW driver-assistance systems including automatic braking and lane-keeping tech as standard.

We’re expecting alloy wheel sizes of ‘up to 18 inches’, while optional extras will include a digital dash, cornering headlights, wireless smartphone charging and keyless entry and ignition.

VW T-Cross rear shot

As ever, Parkers will be among the first to drive this new SUV, so keep an eye out for the full VW T-Cross review coming soon

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