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Volkswagen T-Cross (2018–)

Last updated 10 August 2019

 
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Wheelbase 2551 mm
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Interior

While the T-Cross may be based on the same platform as the Polo, it feels much more spacious inside. Even those over six feet tall will have no problems finding a comfortable driving position with lots of legroom and there's no danger of you bashing elbows with your passenger. 

The driver and front passenger each get height-adjustable seats with adjustable lumber support in all versions, including the entry level S. The seats also offer impressive support in what is essentially a 'small' car.

The layout of the interior is far from adventurous but it's very pleasant nonetheless with clear instruments, a simple button layout and an excellent touchscreen. The Volkswagen infotainment system remains the best around, with a clear and attractive design that's intuitive.

There are some hard plastics that don't go with the Volkswagen premium feel, particularly around the doors. There are however, different coloured dash treatments you can get - the rather bold orange in our pictures being one example.

In the back, the exposed bolts under the rear seats don't scream 'premium' either and look like a magnet for children's legs to get scratched on in the summer. On the plus side, there's an unobtrusive central floor tunnel, so there's more foot room.

All models have a sliding rear seat that moves forwards 14cm to increase the load area from 385 litres to 455 litres. That's more than the bigger T-Roc and is a feature that the similar SEAT Arona doesn't offer. It's very handy and there's more than enough room for a pushchair,  although it does mean the back seats are pretty unusable as it eats up all the rear legroom. 

You can also fold down the rear seat backrests 60/40 to provide a reasonably flat, but quite high load deck that's almost 1.5 metres long. 

Usefully, the boot has a height adjustable floor (on SE and above) which creates a handy extra storage space beneath the boot - useful for wellies and picnic blankets. However, if you go for the Beats Sound pack you lose the adjustable floor as the space is taken by a subwoofer.

Standard equipment from launch: 

S trim cars are identifiable by their 16-inch ‘Rochester’ alloy wheels, while the entire T-Cross range gets electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors as standard, in addition to an eight-inch touchscreen Composition Media infotainment system with Volkswagen Connect, rear LED tail lights and automatic headlights. Standard-fit Front Assist with the city emergency braking system and Predictive Pedestrian Protection, as well as Lane Assist with blind spot plus lane keeping system and Hill Start Assist. All T-Cross versions have a sliding rear bench seat as standard.

SE models are equipped with 17-inch ‘Clayton’ alloy wheels, black roof rails and front fog lights with cornering function, a leather-trimmed, multifunction steering wheel, and a variable boot floor. Tech highlights include adaptive cruise control, app connect and a driver alert system.

SEL brings 17-inch ‘Chesterfield’ alloys, tinted windows, LED headlights and silver roof rails, as well as front sport seats, carpet mats and an ambient lighting package. Climate control and a Discover Navigation system are also included, while a driver tiredness detection system and front and rear parking sensors also feature.

R-Line models gain 18-inch ‘Navada’ alloy wheels, R-Line exterior and interior styling and Volkswagen’s Active Info Display.

 

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