VOLKSWAGEN T-cross Estate

1.0 TSI S 5dr

VOLKSWAGEN T-cross Estate - 1.0 TSI S 5dr

Vehicle Information

List Price
£18,765.00
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
11.1 secs
Engine Size
1.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
130 g/km
By Line

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

Ten Second 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?

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 with 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.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe 4 position delay
BRAKES
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • ESC with EDL, ASR, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
  • Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
  • We Connect Go Dongle
DRIVER AIDS
  • Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking predictive pedestrian protection
  • Lane assist
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Stop/start system
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 'Lights On' Reminder warning buzzer
  • Car information display
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
  • Ready 2 Discover system with 8" display including streaming and internet
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
  • Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Softell decorative inserts in dash and centre console
ENGINE
  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Misfuel prevention device
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB Digital radio receiver
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Front and rear 6 speakers
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • Premium USB cable for Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Galvanised body
  • Lower door sills and door pillars in black
  • Radiator grille with high gloss surface and chrome strip
  • Rear window aerial
  • Reflectors in all doors
  • Solid paint
  • Tailgate with integrated roof spoiler
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • Halogen clear headlights range adjustable via infotainment system with automatic headlight activation and separate LED daytime running lights
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Manual coming/automatic leaving home lighting function
  • Rear lights incorporating LED technology
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Heating and fresh air system with 4 stage blower
  • Manual air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Basket cloth upholstery
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Moveable and foldable Rear bench seat
  • Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door
  • Three spoke steering wheel
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Front and rear reading lights X 2
  • Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting
SAFETY
  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
  • Drivers and Front Passengers airbags with front passengers airbag deactivation switch
  • Extended and proactive pedestrian protection
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Height adjustable 3 point automatic front seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
SEATS
  • 3 rear head restraints and 3 rear three point seat belts
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
  • Front seats with adj lumbar support
  • Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Manual front seats with height adjustment
SECURITY
  • Child security locks in rear doors
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Remote tailgate unlocking using key fob
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 16" Rochester black alloy wheels anti theft wheel bolts
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre mobility kit and compressor
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO2: 116
  • HC: 8E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 999
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: True
  • EC Combined: N
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 5.9
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Coin Series: S
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 95
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 97
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 81
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 86
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 11.1
  • BHP: 95
  • Engine Power KW: 70
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 129
  • Engine Torque MKG: 17.8
  • Engine Torque NM: 175
  • Engine Torque RPM: 2000
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: ROCHESTER
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1584
  • Length: 4108
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6
  • Wheelbase: 2551
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1760
  • Width (including mirrors): 1977
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 455
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1720
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1281
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 620
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1170
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 550
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£167.12
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,504.12 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£139.27
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,253.43 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
18,765.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
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An Arrangement Fee will be applied. Charges for excess mileage and/or damage may apply at the end of the contract.
Personal lease
£167.12
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£1,504.12
Business lease
£139.27
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£1,253.43
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£167.12
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,504.12 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£139.27
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,253.43 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
18,765.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£18,765.00
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
11.1 secs
Engine Size
1.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
130 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£167.12
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,504.12 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£139.27
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,253.43 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

VOLKSWAGEN T-cross Estate

1.0 TSI S 5dr

VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS ESTATE S*Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£167.12
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,504.12 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£139.27
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,253.43 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC