New VW T-Cross compact SUV on-sale 07 | 03 | 2019

    VOLKSWAGEN’S NEW T-CROSS compact SUV has gone on-sale at Scottish dealerships. Prices start at £16,995 with first deliveries scheduled for April. The full range joins the 250-unit, limited First Edition priced at £23,150. (Related: VW T-Cross opens with limited offer First Edition)

    The T-Cross is the fifth and most compact Volkswagen SUV to date and sits below the T-Roc, but above the Polo and is offered in S, SE, SEL, and R-Line trims from launch.

    Entry level S trim cars are identifiable by their 16-inch ‘Rochester’ alloys, while the entire T-Cross range gets electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors as standard, in addition to an eight-inch touchscreen Composition Media infotainment system with VW Connect; rear LED tail lights; and automatic headlights. (Related: VW lifts wraps from T-Cross SUV)


    Standard-fit Front Assist with the city emergency braking system and Predictive Pedestrian Protection, as well as Lane Assist with blind spot plus lane keeping system and Hill Start Assist offer one of the highest levels of driver assistance in the class. In addition, an eCall system adds peace of mind and reinforces the message that connectivity is high on the new T-Cross model’s long list of talents. (Related: Roadtest — VW Polo 1.0TSI)

    All T-Cross versions offered in the UK also benefit from the car’s signature sliding rear bench seat as standard. This particularly practical feature offers exceptional flexibility, providing the choice between enhanced rear leg room or a bigger load area of up to 455 litres.


    SE examples are equipped with 17in ‘Clayton’ alloys, black roof rails and front fog lights with cornering function; a leather-trimmed, multifunction steering wheel; and a variable boot floor. Tech highlights include adaptive cruise control, app connect and a driver alert system. Prices start at £18,795.

    SEL brings 17in ‘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, while a driver tiredness detection system and front and rear parking sensors also feature as standard in this £21,650 version.

    Top-spec T-Cross R-Line models gain 18 ‘Navada’ alloys; sporty R-Line exterior and interior styling; and Volkswagen’s innovative Active Info Display. Prices for these start at £23,550.


    Options available to new T-Cross buyers include five different alloy wheel designs; keyless entry; high-spec beats sound system; and multiple style packs. These allow owners to customise the look of the interior and exterior of their cars, with Energetic Orange, Bamboo Garden and Black style packs available. (Related: VW Golf GTI TCR launched)

    Two frugal petrol engines are available at launch; 95PS and 115PS variants of Volkswagen’s 1.0-litre TSI unit, available with a 5- or 6-speed manual, or a 7-speed DSG gearbox, depending on the engine and specification.


    Both engines have impressive torque available from low revs – the 95PS version delivering 175Nm from just 2000 rpm, and the 115PS version serving up its 200Nm across the same 2000 rpm to 3500 rpm band. T-Cross models equipped with the 95PS engine reach 62 mph in 7.1sec, with a top speed of 112mph where legal, while the punchier 115 PS versions top out at 120 mph, reaching 62 mph in 6.8 seconds.


    “This undeniably stylish new compact car completes the major expansion of our SUV line-up — for the time being — and I’m incredibly excited to welcome it here,” Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said

    “T-Cross ensures we have an SUV offering for the vast majority of UK buyers and I’m looking forward to seeing the first customer cars out on the road in the coming weeks.”

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    Jim McGill


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