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Volkswagen T-Cross (2018–)

Last updated 10 August 2019

 
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Driving

The T-Cross is easy to drive and pleasantly smooth, with very little road or wind noise, even at higher speeds. In fact, despite its compact size, the T-Cross feels very assured and stable at motorway speeds, happily keeping up with fast flowing traffic. Here it's very quiet and relaxed.

Models with larger 18-inch wheels emit a slight drone (although the ride quality is still good) but the majority of cars (SE and SEL models) come with 17-inch wheels that ride significantly better. It's perhaps a softer set-up than the SEAT Arona and better controlled than a Kia Stonic, so it deals well through undulations and over crests.

There's also plenty of grip and the steering has a satisfying weight to it. It means the T-Cross is good fun through twists and turns without having to go too quick.

Around town the T-Cross comes into its own thanks to its raised driving position, good all round visibility and responsive yet light steering. The compact dimensions mean you won't struggle when it comes to getting into a tight space, although you have to go to an SEL model to get parking sensors.

While a 1.6 TDI was added to the range shortly after launch, unless you're doing big mileages, we'd opt for the 1.0 TSI. It's a far nicer engine all round and gives the T-Cross some much need character. The 1.6 TDI on the other hand is noisy and lethargic.

There are two versions of the 1.0 TSI - the entry 95PS model available in the S and SE or the more powerful 115PS model which gets a six (rather than five) speed manual.

The five speed actually has a slightly better shift, but both are rewardingly positive while the nicely weighted clutch and well judged throttle response all combine to make this a very pleasant and simple car to drive.

There is also the optional seven-speed DSG which flicks through the gears quickly and smoothly. This is the DQ200 DSG that has some notoriety but seems to suit the 1.0 TSI engine better than any other. There's no hesitation when coming off the brakes and it responds well from a standstill.

All models of the T-Cross are cheap to run with the petrol models claiming to return mid to high 40s for MPG (on the newer WLTP figures) while the 1.6 TDI returns a claimed 53mpg.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.0 TSI 115 - - - 112–115 g/km
1.0 TSI 115 DSG - - - 111–112 g/km
1.0 TSI 95 - - - 112 g/km
 

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