Volkswagen T-Cross (2018) Review

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Volkswagen T-Cross (2018) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The T-Cross is comfortable and good to drive, as well as being fairly affordable by VW standards.

+Comfortable and easy to drive. Surprisingly practical and spacious. Excellent 1.0-litre petrol.

-More hard plastics inside than we'd like, diesel is noisy and unrefined.

New prices start from £16,995, brokers can source from £16,096
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

Given the breadth of Volkswagen’s range, the T-Cross was a late arrival into the compact crossover sector in 2018. Up against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the T-Cross mixes style with practicality in a package based on the Polo’s mechanical bits. Running costs are gentle on the bank balance and the T-Cross can save you further by acting as a family’s sole transport, which not many compact crossovers could claim to manage.

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The T-Cross is Volkswagen's answer to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 - a small crossover that's designed to be practical, good to drive and have a dash of style too. 

Of course there's no shortage of small crossovers on the market, but the T-Cross makes a strong case for itself as the best around with a practical interior, excellent refinement and a great 1.0-litre engine. It's even reasonably priced against the competition, with prices starting at around £17,000.

Think of the T-Cross as a crossover version of the Polo and you get the idea of its size. Its compact dimensions disguise a surprisingly spacious interior though. While its small size makes it great in supermarket car parks, it's big enough inside to make this a viable family car with space for kids in the back and a decent sixed boot too - larger than a Ford Focus in fact.

While the interior is solid and well built, there's quite a lot of hard plastic which is a little disappointing given the 'premium' image. There are a few other small things like the exposed bolts for the base of the back seats.

Thankfully, driving the T-Cross is an easy experience. It's safe and feels very reassuring at motorway speeds where it happily cruises along with little road or wind noise. But what makes the T-Cross stand out is the excellent 1.0 TSI engine - available in two versions. 

The three-cylinder unit gives the T-Cross some much needed character and has a surprising turn of pace for such a small engine. That combined with a slick manual gearbox means the T-Cross can actually good fun if you go for the more powerful engine. There is also a 1.6 TDI but unless you're doing mammoth mileages, but it's not particularly refined with lots of noise and vibration making its way into the cabin. We'd recommend sticking with the petrol, as the diesel feels like an afterthought. 

Thanks to the entry-level S model, the T-Cross has a competitive starting price against its rivals. Indeed, the T-Cross will tick a lot of boxes for buyers who want a vehicle that is comfortable, practical and enjoyable to drive but still compact in size. It makes an ideal family motor and is cheap to run too. We think it's the best small crossover on the market right now.  

Ask Honest John

What's the best small SUV to lease?
"Could you please help me? I'm looking for a stylish SUV to lease. It needs to be able to cope with flooded and icy roads in winter! I only have up to £250 to spend each month. Kindest regards and thank you."
Take a look at the Peugeot 2008. It's a very stylish choice and, although all models are front-wheel drive, Advanced Grip Control is available as an optional extra. This is essentially a fancy traction control system that makes a big difference in slippery conditions. Also consider a Skoda Kamiq, Volkwagen T-Cross or Ford Puma. A set of winter tyres will really help in cold weather.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What small crossovers do you recommend?
"I'm looking for a new car - my absolute must-haves are a high driving position and rear sensors. I have about £20k to spend on a car and was thinking Nissan Juke or VW T-Cross. "
The T-Cross is a better option than the Nissan Juke. We'd also recommend a Skoda Kamiq – it's very similar to the T-Cross with a shared platform and engines but your money will go futher. We'd also recommend a Ford Puma.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which crossover offers a completely flat boot floor?
"With a view to purchasing, I'm comparing the Skoda Kamiq, Suzuki Vitara, Vauxhall Crossland and Volkswagen T-Cross. It's important to me to know on which cars the rear seats fold completely flat for a mobility scooter, but with showrooms closed, I cannot check for myself. Please can you advise? Also, is any of these cars significantly better than the others?"
We'd recommend the Volkswagen T-Cross out of your shortlist. All models come with a sliding rear bench, which lets you prioritise space in the boot or for rear passengers, while most also come with an adjustable boot floor. This means you can virtually eliminate the usual boot lip – making loading bulky items easier. The Skoda Kamiq is a good alternative. It's very similar to the T-Cross, although it doesn't have the sliding bench.
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Which crossover should I buy?
"I need a car for a round trip commute of 90 miles, mostly on the motorway. I have been looking at a SEAT Arona, Skoda Kamiq or Kia Stonic as I like the style of those. Which would you recommend and engine type, trim level etc - or is there a better choice? I am not wedded to any brand and just view a car as a tool to get to work. It needs cruise control and air con which is fairly standard these days. Thanks."
You won't go wrong with any of the three you've mentioned but the Skoda Kamiq is probably the best all-rounder. It's available with a 1.6 TDI diesel engine which would be a frugal choice for your commute. Also look at the Volkswagen T-Cross or T-Roc.
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What does a Volkswagen T-Cross (2018) cost?

Buy new from £16,096 (list price from £18,655)