New Volkswagen T-Cross 2019 assessment

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The Volkswagen Polo-based T-Cross is the model’s third new SUV within the final two years and completes a household line up of at least 5 fashions in complete. VW, you may rightly conclude, is totally dedicated to the SUV, each now and sooner or later with quite a lot of drivetrains that can embody a full EV mannequin throughout the subsequent 18 months.

Now, the T-Cross involves the UK with two completely different engine choices, each 1.Zero-litre three-cylinder turbo petrols – one with 94bhp, the opposite with 113bhp. In its most reasonably priced type, the T-Cross prices simply £16,995, rising to £25,050 for the 113bhp R-Line DSG.

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Dimensionally, the front-wheel-drive T-Cross is barely longer than a Polo (at four,107mm). It’s additionally 110mm larger, whereas the driving place has been raised by 100mm. Consequently, it’s significantly greater than a Polo inside, regardless of their equivalent wheelbases. 

Within the rear, the T-Cross incorporates a bench seat that slides backwards and forwards, rising rear legroom by a powerful 150mm. It feels extra enjoyable however, on the similar time, extra grown-up than a Polo inside, and the additional sense of house is straight away apparent – from any of the 5 seats, however particularly within the rear. With the bench in its rearmost setting the T-Cross feels genuinely roomy, with leg and headroom to spare. Slide the bench ahead, nevertheless, and rear legroom disappears utterly.

Baggage house can range between 385 and 455 litres – or a theoretical 1,281 litres with all of the seats folded. And that makes it way more versatile and accommodating outright than a Polo, too. Even the passenger seat could be folded flat, making a load space just like that of a small van.

Having mentioned that, sliding the rear seat forwards leaves a curiously giant gap proper throughout the again of the boot, into which even pretty giant objects can fall. VW’s designers don’t appear too bothered about this, declaring how a lot additional boot house the sliding seat unleashes, but it surely looks as if a wierd quirk in an in any other case sensible and well-designed child SUV.

There might be 4 completely different trim ranges; S, SE, SE L and R-Line. The choices record is lengthy, however all fashions include VW’s glorious Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with full connectivity as commonplace, plus wi-fi charging to your cellphone, LED lights entrance and rear, air-con and a variety of energetic and passive security techniques that embody lane help, brake help and aspect monitoring.

We drove each variations, though the preferred mannequin is prone to be the lower-powered model in SE trim. Very first thing you discover while you climb aboard is the additional top of the driving place. Each automobile we tried featured VW’s elective new ‘3D’ sprint design; it appears good, feels good, and options far more durable sprint plastics than the Polo. The impact will not be with out attraction from behind the wheel.

Efficiency from the 1.Zero-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol – basically the identical motor that powers the Up! GTI – is first rate moderately than glowing in both guise, with an absence of torque under 2,500rpm blunting its attraction on the transfer. The Zero-62mph sprint takes 10.2 seconds within the 113bhp mannequin or 11.5 seconds within the 94bhp model.

Refinement is spectacular in each fashions; the 94bhp automobile will get a slick five-speed, whereas the six-speed guide gearbox works nicely within the 113bhp mannequin, too. Each can be found with an elective dual-clutch transmission.

On the transfer, the T-Cross rides extraordinarily nicely and steers with a lightweight, correct precision. It doesn’t roll as a lot as you’d assume for a automobile so tall, and once more its chassis has a grown-up refinement that belies its underpinnings. Dynamically it provides little or no away to the Polo on which it’s primarily based.

It received’t excite the common fanatic, but it surely drives nicely sufficient. The place it scores most efficiently beside the Renault Captur and SEAT Arona is in its high-quality cabin really feel, its glorious practicality, upmarket communications bundle and spectacular noise suppression on the transfer.