VW has finally filled the gap between its Vivo Maxx and Tiguan, with the new T-Cross.
Recognising that the light-duty gravel travel market is growing in South Africa, with strong demand for front-wheel drive crossovers, the German brand has launched its T-Cross locally, with two trim options.
The T-Cross combines bold styling and some outrageous colours, with all the quality cabin materials and sophistication you’d expect from a Polo.
And that isn’t surprising, as this new VW crossover rides on the same MQB platform, which structures the current Polo.
If you could imagine a slightly larger Polo, with a higher ride height and crossover styling elements, then you’d be conceptualizing the T-Cross.
Available in nine different exterior colours, which include an outrageous hue called Energetic Orange, VW’s T-Cross is sure to appeal to design literate buyers. VW is also offering five different wheels options.
T-Cross design has adjustable luggage space
Measured bumper-to-bumper the T-Cross is 182mm longer than a Polo and its roofline is 123mm higher off the ground. For those drivers who feel more comfortable looking down on other traffic and road users, the T-Cross features a 100mm higher seating position than Polo.
Ground clearance isn’t insubstantial, at 180mm, which means that T-Cross will be able to travel on the roughest of gravel roads without issue.
Its very clever inside, too, with a rear seat which can slide adjust on its rails by 140mm. Luggage space ranks at 377-litres, but if you have kids seated on the rear bench seat and slide it to the foremost position, that luggage capacity grows to 455-litres.
VW is also claiming best in class total rear section luggage capacity for T-Cross, with 1 281-litres of space, with the rear seats folded flat.
Digitisation is an important theme with T-Cross and VW has equipped the cabin with four USB ports to facilitate charging.
VW will be marketing two trim levels of the T-Cross, with another two variants to join the product line in 2020.
T-Cross starts with three-cylinders
Both the Comfortline and Trendline derivatives are powered by a 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It features three cylinders, boosting 85kW and 200Nm. Drive is to the front-wheels only (forget about any sand track or light off-road adventuring), via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Performance is reasonable for a vehicle of its size, with T-Cross capable of 0-100kph in 10.2 seconds and a top speed of 193kph. In ideal cruising conditions, fuel consumption can average 4.9l/100km.
VW will add a 1.5-litre TSI engine early in 2020, which produces 110kW and is notably more potent.
The current price ladder starts at R334 600, for a 1.0 TSI Comfortline. With this T-Cross you’ll get 16-inch alloy wheels and black roof rails as standard. Inside there is a leather multi-function steering wheel. Parking convenience is courtesy of both front and rear parking sensors.
Positioned at R365 000 there is the 1.0 TSI Highline, distinguished by its much larger 18-inch alloy wheels. It also adds sports seats and inductive wireless charging to the cabin. There is also a composition media interface with App-connect, which mirrors your Smartphone functionality through the vehicle’s infotainment system.
Although not yet available, VW has committed to a price point for its T-Cross 1.5 TSI, which will retail for R403 500 when it arrives early in 2020.
For those seeking the best value T-Cross, there will be a slightly depowered 70kW 1.0 TSI Trendline joining too, with a five-speed manual transmission. VW will be pricing that T-Cross below R300 000.
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