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Volkswagen T-Cross – Meet Germany's rival to the Hyundai Kona

Published 25 October 2018

Volkswagen has launched its new compact crossover. The T-Cross will start in the region of £17,000 when it goes on sale in early 2019 and be Volkswagen's first petrol-only crossover, with diesels completely omitted from the UK line-up.

The Volkswagen T-Cross will rival the Hyundai Kona and play a fundamental role in the German carmaker's promise to take a 50 per cent share of the SUV market by 2025. 

The Polo-sized crossover mirrors the styling of the Volkswagen Breeze Concept and paves the way for a soft-top Range Rover Evoque Convertible rival. The engine line-up features Volkswagen's familiar three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, with the 1.0 TSI producing 95PS or 115PS depending on vehicle spec.

Both versions of the 1.0 TSI are equipped with petrol particulate filters, but there are no official words on CO2 emissions or fuel economy. Volkswagen expects the 115PS petrol and six-speed manual gearbox to be the most popular model, but a seven-speed DSG will be available as an optional extra.

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European markets get the T-Cross with option of a four-cylinder 1.6 TDI diesel, but this has been omitted from UK order books as buyers continue to move away from diesel. That said, Volkswagen could add the 1.6 diesel to the T-Cross line-up at a later date if the market shows signs of a revival. 

At 4.1 metres in length, the T-Cross is around 12 centimetres shorter than the T-Roc, but promises more space and better access for five adults with the front axle being positioned much further forward. Volkswagen says the bootspace will be more flexible too, with 385 – 455 litres, thanks to a sliding and folding rear bench seat.  

The model line-up in UK will be the familiar S, SE, SEL and R-Line trims and top spec cars will get a digital instrument binnacle, eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, LED headlights, automatic climate control and the choice of dash pad colours for the centre console. 

Volkswagen will also give the T-Cross a comprehensive selection of semi-autonomous tech, with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency city braking and park assistance. Rear Traffic Alert will also make it to the options list, providing the driver with a warning about approaching vehicles when reversing out of a parking space or obstructed driveway. 

The compact crossover market is on course for a bumper 2019, with the Volkswagen T-Cross set to rival the DS3 Crossback and all-new versions of the Nissan Juke and Suzuki Jimny. Mercedes-Benz has also confirmed major updates for its A-Class-based GLA crossover.

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