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Volkswagen T-Cross Auto Express Review

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Volkswagen T-Cross Auto Express Review

The new Volkswagen T-Cross is among the most accomplished compact crossovers in its class. Its strong points include a versatile cabin complete with a sliding rear bench seat; and an engine lineup which, while small, manages to combine more than adequate performance with decent fuel economy.

  • The T-Cross is a small SUV that was first unveiled as a concept car at the 2016 Ceneva Motor Show; the production T-Cross is Volkswagen's contribution to the hugely popular small SUV segment and was released in March 2019.

    The T-Cross is the smallest of the five SUV's in the Volkswagen range, sitting below the T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.

    The T-Cross is powered exclusivly by 1.0-litre TSI petrol engines, offered in two power outputs and with a choice of five and six speed manual gearboxes or a seven-speed DSG. A diesel model may follow in due course. 

    The usual Volkswagen trim line-up applies. S kicks off the range and brings a decent level of standard equipment, with 16-inch alloys, cloth upholstery, manual seat adjustment and an eight-inch infotainment system with DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Manual air conditioning, all-round electric windows and start-stop are also included, as is Volkswagen Connect – the German brand’s connectivity system that allows the monitoring of various car functions via a phone app, plus 24-hour access to a customer service helpline.

  • Auto Express' overal ratings


    MPG, CO2 and running costs - 3.9/5
    The mid-forties fuel economy and low CO2 emissions of the T-Cross are par for the small SUV course.

    Interior, design and technology - 4.5/5
    Some rivals are more funky to look at, but the cabin is smart and the in-car tech is class-leading

  • Engines, performance and drive - 3.9/5

    Simple petrol-only engine lineup works well; driving experience safe and easy rather than thrilling.

    Practicality, comfort and boot space - 4/5 
    Cubby-filled, spacious cabin made even more versatile thanks to sliding rear seat bench

    Reliability and Safety - 3.3/5
    Strong safety scores are highly likely, but VW’s cars are only average as an ownership prospect

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