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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
  • More practical than a Polo

CONS

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

Verdict

VW T-Cross review summary

Volkswagen’s T-Cross fits in beneath the T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg in the German manufacturer’s range. Sitting on the same platform as the Polo, it marks an entry point in the range for buyers who want the look, feel and styling of an SUV but aren’t quite ready for a full-sized version yet. 

Volkswagen T-Cross, side

Measuring up at 4,107mm in length and 1,558mm in height, the T-Cross comes in larger than the Polo but smaller than the T-Roc, with boxy styling more similar to the Tiguan and Touareg models. 

Two petrol engines on offer initially 

Although the T-Cross will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines in other markets, it will only be available in 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol front-wheel drive form when it hits UK shores.

As per with models in the range, the T-Cross will be available with a choice of five- and six-speed manual gearboxes and a seven-speed DSG automatics. 

Volkswagen T-Cross, rear

A 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine can be specced on the T-Cross in other markets but won’t initially be available to order in the UK.

Model line-up to include R-Line specification

A total of four different trim levels will be offered to UK buyers – S, SE, SE L and R-Line – with varying levels of standard equipment. Exact specs haven’t yet been confirmed, although Volkswagen’s Active Info Display will feature, along with several other bits of kit taken from more expensive models.

Volkswagen T-Cross, driving position

These include, Front Assist featuring Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking, Blindspot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, rear traffic alert and the e-call emergency alert and support service.

Improved practicality over the Polo

Bigger dimensions mean more practicality, and although not a million miles away from the Polo’s compact frame, the T-Cross boasts a bootspace of between 385 and 455 litres with the rear seats in place.

Volkswagen T-Cross, boot

Meanwhile, the rear seat row can also be slid forwards and backwards by up to 14 centimetres, with the rear seats also capable of folding in a 60:40 split.

When can I buy the T-Cross and how much will it be?

Orders for the T-Cross open at the start of 2019 with first deliveries taking place in the Spring. Although not confirmed, prices should start from around £17,000.

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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