The Volkswagen Polo-based T-Cross will be a company’s third new SUV in 18 months when it launches subsequent spring, completing a family choice of 5 off-road-inspired models.
We’ve been for an early expostulate in Volkswagen’s new mini-SUV in all-but-finalised pre-production form, forward of a car’s central entrance in October.
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The front-wheel-drive SEAT Arona opposition is a bit longer than a Polo, during 4,107mm. It’s also 110mm higher, and a pushing position has been lifted by 100mm, too. As a result, it’s intensely bigger than a Polo in each direction, notwithstanding featuring an matching wheelbase.
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In a rear, a T-Cross facilities a dais chair that slides retrograde and forwards, augmenting behind legroom by an considerable 150mm. This means luggage space can change between 385 and 455 litres, creation it distant some-more unsentimental than a Polo. Having pronounced that, shifting a behind chair forwards leaves a curiously vast hole right opposite a behind of a boot, into that sincerely vast equipment can fall. Still, overlay all a seats prosaic and you’ll exhibit a decent 1,281-litre bucket bay.
There will be 3 engine choices initially: dual three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrols and one diesel. The initial TSI engine gets 94bhp and 160Nm of torque, related to a five-speed primer gearbox.
The second petrol bumps things adult with 113bhp/200Nm and a six-speed transmission, while a singular 1.6 TDI boasts 94bhp and 250Nm, and a six-speed box. These competence also be assimilated by a 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI DSG in time.
There will be 4 trim levels: S, SE, SE L and R-Line. VW has nonetheless to set clear UK prices, though a entry-level S with a slightest absolute petrol engine will start during around £17,000. That’s a £3,000 reward over a cheapest Polo.
We gathering a 113bhp petrol chronicle that’s approaching to be a biggest seller. Climb aboard and a initial thing we notice is a loftier pushing position and a T-Roc-like new lurch design. The dashboard plastics are harder than in a Polo, though a eight-inch touchscreen infotainment complement looks great.
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It feels some-more grown-up inside, and a additional space is immediately apparent from any of a 5 seats, though generally in a rear. With a dais in a rearmost position, it’s honestly ample in a back, with leg and headroom to spare.
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Performance from a turbocharged engine is decent rather than sparkling, though excellence is still impressive. There was a tiny some-more breeze sound than we approaching around a A-pillars on these pre-production cars, however.
On a pierce a T-Cross rides intensely good and steers with a light, accurate precision. It doesn’t hurl as many as you’d consider for a automobile so tall, and again a framework has a grown-up excellence to it that belies a tiny SUV’s cost tag. The T-Cross seems to expostulate some-more than good adequate for a automobile in this class, then, even if it is never going to excite an enthusiast.
Where a VW scores many strongly in propinquity to a foe is on cabin feel, nonetheless good practicality and upmarket choice packages should assistance it serve mount out from a crowd.