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Volkswagen T-CROSS ESTATE 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG

Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-CROSS 1.0 TSI 115 SEL 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG57.60
  • 0-62mph6.3 secs
  • Top Speed120 mph
  • C02111 g/km
  • BHP115
  • Torque148 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

Review

Think of a Volkswagen Polo with a more adventurous image, a slightly larger cabin and a more flexible interior. You're picturing this car, Volkswagen's smallest SUV, the T-Cross. It's trendy, quite sophisticated and very acceptably efficient, thanks to its 1.0-litre TSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel engine options. And you can make it very much your own. What's not to like?

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Volkswagen's considered entry into the supermini-based SUV sector, the T-Cross, should find a ready market, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

It may seem as if Volkswagen has a considerable number of family SUVs in its model line-up but the surprising truth is that until the introduction of this T-Cross model, the Wolfsburg brand had been completely absent from one of this crucial segment's fastest-growing sectors; that for supermini-based SUVs. Nissan launched the Juke in 2011. Renault announced the Captur in 2014. It wasn't though until late 2018 that we first saw this T-Cross. It slots into the Volkswagen range just below the Golf-based T-Roc. Which in turn sits below the Tiguan and Touareg SUVs in the company's line-up. the T-Cross is Polo-based and sits on the same MQB-A0 platform as its VW Group cousins, the Skoda Kamiq and the SEAT Arona.

Driving Experience

There are three T-Cross engine options. Most buyers will want Volkswagen's 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. Entry-level variants get it in 95PS form with a 5-speed gearbox but further up the range, the variants available feature this unit in a 115PS state of tune. Go for that and you'll be offered the option of a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. Both engines have impressive torque available from low revs - the 95PS version delivering 175Nm from just 2,000rpm and the 115PS version serving up its 200Nm across the same 2,000rpm to 3,500rpm band. In other words, you won't have to row this little VW along with the gear lever through town. T-Cross models equipped with the 95PS engine reach 62mph in 11.5 seconds, with a top speed of 112mph where legal, while the punchier 115PS versions top out at 120mph, reaching 62mph in 10.2 seconds. We said there were three engine options. The minority-interest third choice is a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 95PS. It develops 250Nm of pulling power, a useful increase from the 200Nm figure you get in the 1.0 TSI 115PS unit. All T-Cross models are front-driven: there's not much appetite in this segment for 4WD. In any case, the Polo platform doesn't allow for it. Don't expect a T-Cross to ride quite as well as a Polo - that taller, heavier body has to tell somewhere - but for the school run and commuting duties, few buyers are likely to have issues.

Design and Build

The T-Cross is actually very similar in size to its T-Roc showroom stablemate, despite the fact that it sits on an MQB-A0 platform supposedly designated for cars a class smaller. It's a couple of inches longer and just under six inches taller than the Polo supermini it's based upon but that still leaves it a touch tinier than most key rivals in the segment for small SUVs. That doesn't stop it from being plenty spacious enough for a small family inside though. There's second row space big enough for a couple of six foot adults to sit comfortably, particularly if they shift the standard sliding rear bench all the way back. Doing that reduces boot space from 455 to 385-litres (still 10% more than a Polo). An adjustable-height boot floor makes the cargo space accessible for a variety of loads too. Up front, the elevated hip point makes this T-Cross feel bigger than a supermini. If you find yourself paying more to get the Volkswagen badge, you might be a little disappointed to find that the dashboard plastics are rather scratchy. Still, the fascia controls are intuitive and the top two trim levels get a classy 8-inch centre-dash touchscreen with 'Apple Carplay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring functionality.

Market and Model

Expect the T-Cross to sell in the £17,000 to £25,000 bracket, which is fractionally above what you'll pay for volume rivals like Renault's Captur, Nissan's Juke or, indeed, this model's two VW Group cousins, the Skoda Kamiq and the SEAT Arona. T-Cross buyers are offered a choice of four trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line'. 'SE' buyers get the chance to pay £750 more to graduate from the entry-level 95PS version of the 1.0 TSI petrol engine to the 115PS variant. Further up the range, you have to have this perkier unit. Providing you avoid base trim and the base 95PS engine, you'll be offered the chance to pay £1,500 more for a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. The 1.6 TDI diesel variants start from just under £21,500. All T-Cross variants benefit from a sliding rear bench seat as standard. And the 'SE' derivatives that most customers will choose get 17-inch 'Clayton' alloy wheels, black roof rails and front fog lights with cornering function. Plus 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' trim 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. We could write for the rest of the page about the opportunities for model personalisation; suffice it to say that there are plenty.

Cost of Ownership

Volkswagen quotes CO2 figures for the 1.0 TSI engine ranging between 111 and 115g/km - so not too far off what you'd get in a diesel. Expect around 55mpg on the combined cycle. The 1.6 TDI diesel variant manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel figure of 48.9mpg and an NEDC CO2 reading of 140g/km. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your T-Cross will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. What else? Warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since this is what's on offer with its mechanically very similar LCV models. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your T-Cross, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package. Whatever your decision, your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this model is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.

Summary

It's surprising that Volkswagen took so long to enter the supermini-sized part of the SUV segment. There's no doubt though that the brand has taken careful note of what buyers want in this class and provided a product that seems to meet what the market's currently looking for. You'll pay a little more for a T-Cross than you will for its most obvious rivals, but what you get in return is a car will a little more polish than obvious competitors. The sliding rear bench will be a key showroom selling point and buyers will be pleased to find plenty of opportunities for personalisation. You could downsize from a Golf into one of these and feel quite happy - and we think plenty of customers will. How appealing the T-Cross will be to drivers currently loyal to rival brands is another question. There's no doubt though, that it's likely to carve out a useful niche for itself.

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Driver Convenience
Front and rear parking sensors
Adaptive cruise control
Car-Net App-Connect with VW media control
Discover navigation system with 8.0" colour screen, radio/CD player, European map data
Dusk sensor
eCall emergency call system
Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking + predictive pedestrian protection
Lane assist with blind spot plus lane keeping system
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Power assisted speed sensitive steering
Side scan blind spot detection
Speed limiter
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Stop/start system
Warning sound and light for doors and tailagte open
Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Exterior Features
Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Power adjustable heated door mirrors
Rear tinted glass 65% approx light absorbing from B pillar backwards
Solid paint
Automatic dimming interior rear view mirror with rain sensor
Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
Body colour door handles
Body coloured bumpers
Front and rear electric windows
Front fog lights with static cornering function
Galvanised body
Heated rear window
High level 3rd brake light
LED headlights with auto range adjustment + LED daytime running lights
Manual coming/automatic leaving home lighting function
Radiator grille with chrome lamelel and bumpers in wagon paint
Rear tail lights LED expect turn signals
Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent delay
Reflectors in all doors
Silver roof rails
Tailgate with integrated roof spoiler
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Interior Features
Comfort front sports seats
Front seats with adj lumbar support
Hexalink cloth upholstery
12V socket in centre console
2 Front and rear reading lights incorporating LED technology
2 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation
3 rear head restraints and 3 rear three point seat belts
60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Drawer under drivers seat
Driver's seat height adjustment
Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder
Dust and pollen filter
Front + rear carpet mats
Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
Glovebox
Heating and fresh air system with 4 stage blower
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated vanity mirror
Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
Interior light with delay
Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats
Luggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment lighting
Lumbar support
Manual front seats with height adjustment
Moveable and foldable Rear bench seat
Removable luggage cover
Storage compartment in driver and passenger doors
Sun visors with mirror on passenger side
Three spoke multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel and gearknob
Variable boot floor
Wheels
17" Chesterfield alloy wheels + anti theft wheel bolts
Tyre mobility system
Entertainment
2 USB sockets in rear
Composition Media with 8"colour touch screen including DAB/CD drive, MP3/WMA, AUX-in/SD slot, 1 USB port and Bluetooth telephone connectivity
Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
Premium USB cable for Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
Title and cover art display
Packs
Light and sight pack - T-cross
Safety
3 point seat belt with electric pre tensioner
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Automatic post collision braking system
Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
Drivers and Front Passengers airbags with front passengers airbag deactivation switch
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
ESC with EDL, ASR, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
Extended and proactive pedestrian protection
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes
Front seat side impact airbags
Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
Height adjustable 3 point automatic front seatbelts with pretensioners
Hill start assist
Pre crash preventive occupant protection
Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Security
Alarm with remote central locking and interior protection
Central locking without safe fuse with radio remote control and 2 radio folding keys
Child security locks in rear doors
Electronic engine immobiliser
Technical
Battery regeneration during braking
Misfuel prevention device
Trim
Softell decorative inserts in dash and centre console
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 111
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 999
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 57.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 62.7
EC Urban (mpg) 50.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 45.6
General
Badge Engine CC 1.0
Badge Power 115
Coin Description TSI 115
Coin Series SEL
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 12E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 6.3
Engine Power - BHP 115
Engine Power - KW 85
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 148
Engine Torque - MKG 20.4
Engine Torque - NM 200
Engine Torque - RPM 2000
Top Speed 120
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 205/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style CHESTERFIELD
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1584
Length 4235
Wheelbase 2551
Width (including mirrors) 1799
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 40
Gross Vehicle Weight 1750
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1281
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 455
Max. Loading Weight 555
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 630
Minimum Kerbweight 1195
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £310.54 p/m £5.94 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £328.87 p/m £29.10 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £342.33 p/m £44.09 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £247.85 p/m £10.94 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £273.10 p/m £33.25 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £293.17 p/m £60.08 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £227.15 p/m £19.55 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £246.87 p/m £43.00 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £264.75 p/m £64.23 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £372.65 p/m £7.12 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £394.65 p/m £34.92 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £410.80 p/m £52.91 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £297.42 p/m £13.12 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £327.72 p/m £39.89 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £351.81 p/m £72.09 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £272.58 p/m £23.46 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £296.24 p/m £51.60 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £317.71 p/m £77.07 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active Info display 10.25" high resolution TFT dash display with customisable menu and information £375.00
Driver profile selection £140.00
Park assist - Parallel parking assistant with front/rear parking sensors £580.00
Rear view camera £260.00
Voice activation £205.00
Exterior Features
Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with reverse activated kerb view adjustment on passenger's side £160.00
Exclusive paint £750.00
High beam assist £145.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
Special solid paint £275.00
Packs
Beats sound pack - T-cross £430.00
Design pack with 18" Bamboo garden wheel - T-cross £630.00
Design pack with 18" Black wheel - T-cross £630.00
Design pack with 18" Energetic orange wheel - T-cross £630.00
Smoking pack - T-cross £25.00
Winter pack - T-cross £300.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Champagne Silver £750.00
Exclusive paint - Makena Turquoise £750.00
Metallic - Dark Petrol blue £575.00
Metallic - Energetic Orange £575.00
Metallic - Limestone grey £575.00
Metallic - Reef blue £575.00
Metallic - Reflex Silver £575.00
Pearl - Deep black £575.00
Solid - Urano grey FOC
Special solid - Black £275.00
Special solid - Flash red £275.00
Special solid - Pure white £275.00
Security
Remote keyless entry using key fob including Start/Stop button on centre console £340.00
Trim
Design pack with 18" Bamboo garden wheel - Diag fabric - Makena Turquoise - Orange/Platinum Grey £630.00
Design pack with 18" Black wheel - Diag fabric - Neutral/Titanium Black £630.00
Design pack with 18" Energetic orange wheel - Diag fabric - Orange/Ceramique £630.00
Hexalink cloth - pearl black FOC
Wheels
17" Clayton alloy wheels + anti theft wheel bolts £135.00
17" Manila black diamond turned surface alloy wheels £135.00
18" Funchal silver alloy wheels + anti theft wheel bolts £440.00
18" Koln black diamond turned surface alloy wheels £440.00
* option prices shown are estimated