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New T-Cross from Volkswagen looks to secure customers in the supermini market

Author: Sam Allibone

 

Volkswagen have expanded their SUV line-up with a sister model to the Polo: The T-Cross.

Volkswagen T-Cross Front

Outside, the T-Cross sits 97mm taller than its sister model, the Polo, and comes with full front LED headlights. There will be the option to add Light Assist, allowing the beam to adapt itself depending on the surroundings and other vehicles. 12 colours are available, of which a few can be brought inside onto the centre dashboard trim. Blue and Orange wheels will add an additional pop of colour if selected.

Inside, there are many modern conveniences to make the crossover an attractive all-round package. Two USB ports in the front, and two in the back, offer greater connectivity, or there is an inductive phone charging platform for wireless charging. The 8” touchscreen in the centre console mimics that of the Polo, and music-lovers will be pleased to find a 300w Beats Audio Sound-System in the options list.

Volkswagen T-Cross Back

Boot capacity is moderate, with between 385 and 455 litres worth of space, aided by the sliding rear seats which can be adjusted to allow more leg room or luggage space. A wheelbase 4.11m in length and 2.56m in width creates ample room in the cabin, ideal for frequently carrying passengers.

Volkswagen have certainly not added assistance systems sparely: Lane Assist, Blind Spot Sensor monitoring, Pedestrian Monitoring, City Emergency Braking and Hill Start Assist all come as standard. Included in the Parking Distance Control system is Manoeuvre Braking, which will help avoid low-speed collisions when parking by applying the emergency brake. Those who make regular long journeys can add a Driver Alert System and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Volkswagen T-Cross Interior

The T-Cross will have three petrol engines and one diesel engine from launch. The diesel will be a 1.6 TDI unit, creating 93bhp, whereas the other engines will be either a 1.0 TSI unit with 93bhp or 113bhp, or a 1.5 TSI four-cylinder 148bhp engine. Pricing is expected to start from £17,000 when the car goes on order in February 2019. Spring deliveries are expected.


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