First Drive: Volkswagen T-Cross

Twelve centimetres shorter than the T-Roc, the T-Cross is still a fully fledged 4-door.

Volkswagen’s smallest and cheapest SUV arrives here this month and it looks good, writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? Despite its diminutive proportions, it seems the new Volkswagen T-Cross is a small car with big ideas. The clue to the size of its ambitions lies in its motto, “I am more”. The T-Cross is not just another small SUV in a crowded market – it’s a small car that means business.

Is it a looker? With a broad bonnet and dominant grille, it is undeniably chic, not overly muscular or aggressive. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, it is available in a range of colours including ‘Reef Blue’, ‘Makena Turquoise’ and ‘Energetic Orange’, but even on a dull day in Mallorca our grey T-Cross managed to draw a covetous glance or two.

What about the interior? Once tempted inside, the T-Cross is surprisingly roomy and feels substantially bigger than the Polo I had parked at the airport. It’s hard not to be impressed with the head and leg room or the pleasure of that lofty driving position in such a small car. The layout is simple and uncluttered with durable materials, while the brightly coloured panels are intended to appeal to the twentysomething motorist.

It is roomy enough for a family of four and the sliding rear-seat bench means you can create up to 1,281 litres of storage space. Enough to accommodate wakeboards or ski bags as Volkswagen suggests. In terms of size, it is 4.11m long and 1.58m high so it is fractionally bigger than the Polo and a mere 12cm shorter than the T-Roc.

Volkwagen’s smallest SUV is equipped with a range of safety features making it one of the safest SUVs in its class

Under the bonnet? There will be two engines from launch; a 1.0-litre petrol with two versions, one with 95hp (112g/km) and five-speed transmission and a 115hp (111g/km) version with six-speed transmission or the option of a 7-speed DSG.

And on the road? On the road it’s fun, light and agile and sharper round corners than rivals. The 115hp TSI proved particularly impressive with oodles of oomph.

Will it break the bank? On sale here next month, four trims, S, SE, SEL and R-Line are prices start from £16,995.  There is generous standard equipment includes multiple safety systems while the Stylish ‘S’ trim gets alloys, VW Connect, LED taillights and more.

What about safety? The T-Cross also comes bursting with safety features, many previously only found on much pricier cars, including a front assist area monitoring system with pedestrian monitoring, city emergency brake and a proactive occupant protection system, which closes the windows, tightens the seat belts and applies additional brake pressure in a potential accident situation.

Why you will like it? Despite their popularity, it is hard not to wonder what exactly is the point of a small crossover? Would you buy one instead of a Polo with the same engine and keep a few more euro in your pocket?

By combining a roomy family car with striking good looks, Volkswagen’s T-Cross delivers on the promise of more – more space than rivals and crucially more attitude than a jacked-up small hatchback.

What it says about you? You may have a good eye for value but you like to stand out from the crowd

3 words to describe the VW T-Cross: Funky, Spacious: Fun


Volkswagen T-Cross – 2019 engines and specifications
Model Engine Gearbox CO2 g/km Price (RRP OTR)
S 1.0 TSI 95 PS 5-speed manual 112 £16,995.00
SE 1.0 TSI 95 PS 5-speed manual 112 £18,795.00
SE 1.0 TSI 115PS 6-speed manual 112 £19,545.00
SE 1.0 TSI 115PS 7-speed DSG 111 £21,045.00
SEL 1.0 TSI 115PS 6-speed manual 112 £21,650.00
SEL 1.0 TSI 115PS 7-speed DSG 111 £23,150.00
R-Line 1.0 TSI 115PS 6-speed manual 115 £23,550.00
R-Line 1.0 TSI 115PS 7-speed DSG 112 £25,050.00


For more information on the T-Cross visit Volkswagen UK  website or  Facebook  or Twitter for further details.


Geraldine Herbert

2nd April 2019

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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