Geneva Motor Show 2019: Volkswagen T-Cross opens for orders from £16,995

Published 05 March 2019

Volkswagen has added a fifth SUV to its range, with the launch of the compact T-Cross. The new model is on sale now and rivals the Hyundai Kona with prices starting from £16,995.

The Polo-sized crossover mirrors the styling of the Volkswagen Breeze Concept and is powered by Volkswagen's familiar range of three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, with the 1.0 TSI producing 95PS or 115PS. Volkswagen hasn't released any fuel economy figures, but CO2 emissions range from 111 - 117g/km.

Depending on vehicle spec, the T-Cross is available with a five or six-speed manual transmissions, while the 115PS version gets the option of a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. European markets will have the option of a four-cylinder 1.6 TDI diesel, but this has been omitted from UK order books as buyers continue to shun diesel. 

The T-Cross is around 12 centimetres shorter than the T-Roc, at 4.1 metres, but provides more cabin space and better access with the front axle being positioned much further forward. The sliding rear seats also provide more flexibility when it comes to storage, with the boot providing between 385 – 455 litres when the rear seats are in place.

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The model line-up in UK will be the familiar S, SE, SEL and R-Line trims and top spec cars will rise to £25,000 and feature LED headlights, digital instrument cluster, touchscreen navigation, automatic climate control and 18-inch alloy wheels. 

Mid-spec SE models are expected to be the most popular with UK buyers. The T-Cross SE starts from £18,795 and gets 17-inch alloys, roof rails, front fog lights, leather-trimmed steering wheel and adjustable boot floor. 

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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