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T-Cross S

FROM £18,360.00

  • Front Assist, radar controlled distance monitoring system
  • Blind spot detection
  • VW Connect
  • Composition Media Infotainment System with: 8.0" colour touch screen
  • Lane Assist

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S

T-Cross SE

FROM £20,210.00

  • 17" ‘Clayton Alloy Wheels
  • Car-Net 'App-Connect' which integrates compatible smartphones to allow screen mirroring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Front Assist, and City Emergency braking
  • Composition Media Infotainment System with: 8.0" colour touch screen
  • ’Triangle ties/pearl’ Cloth upholstery and a leather multifunction steering wheel

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SE

T-Cross United

FROM £20,410.00

  • 'United' decorative inserts in Atlantic Blue.
  • Front fog lights
  • Front assist, City emergency braking and Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Alloy wheels 16" ‘Dublin'
  • Adaptive cruise control - radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system

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United

T-Cross SEL

FROM £23,070.00

  • 17" 'Chesterfield' Alloy Wheels
  • Climate control - 2Zone electronic air conditioning
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Discover Navigation infotainment system with: 8.0" colour touch screen and Volkswagen Media Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Front Assist, and City Emergency braking

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SEL

T-Cross R-Line

FROM £24,970.00

  • 18" 'Nevada' Alloy Wheels
  • ‘R-Line' styling pack including front and rear bumpers
  • Heated front sports seats with 'R-Line logo on seat backrest
  • Discover Navigation infotainment system 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Front Assist, and City Emergency braking

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R-Line

£900 Off the RRP

£1,000 Towards your finance deposit

New Volkswagen T-Cross

As flexible as your lifestyle.

Special in every way. That’s the new T-Cross, with an exterior that’s funky and fun, and an interior that’s spacious, clever and packed with features. Fall in love with the striking design of the T-Cross. From its eye-catching range of colours to its distinct rear with reflective strips and LED tail light clusters. The T-Cross is guaranteed to make a lasting impression.

Saving Offer - S

Saving Offer - S

Solutions Personal Contract Plan† representative example subject to 5,000 miles per annum for a T-CROSS 1.0TSI S

  • £900 off RRP
  • £1,000 Deposit Contribution
  • £1,599 Customer Deposit
DURATION 4 YEARS
47MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF £208.58
DEPOSIT CONTRIBUTION1 £1,000
CUSTOMER DEPOSIT £1,599
RETAIL CASH PRICE (includes £900 discount) £17,460.00
ACCEPTANCE FEE2 £0.00
OPTIONAL FINAL PAYMENT £7,222.50
OPTION TO PURCHASE FEE3 £10.00
TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE £19,843.34
TOTAL AMOUNT OF CREDIT £14,861.00
REPRESENTATIVE APR % 5.4% APR
RATE OF INTEREST P.A. 5.4% FIXED
EXCESS MILEAGE CHARGE 4.8P PER MILE

At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle 1 £1,000 towards your deposit when purchased on Solutions PCP. Acceptance fee is not required. Optional final payment Payable at the end of your agreement. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 31/12/2020 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication 01/10/20. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. *Service plan must be purchased at point of sale and covers the first two consecutive services limited to 1x oil service and 1x oil and inspection service.

Saving Offer - United

Saving Offer - United

Solutions Personal Contract Plan† representative example subject to 5,000 miles per annum for a T-CROSS EST 1.0TSI UNITED 5DR

  • £900 off RRP
  • £1,000 Deposit Contribution
  • £1,599 Customer Deposit
DURATION 4 YEARS
47MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF £239.15
DEPOSIT CONTRIBUTION1 £1,000.00
CUSTOMER DEPOSIT £1,599
RETAIL CASH PRICE (includes £900 discount) £19,510.00
ACCEPTANCE FEE2 £0.00
OPTIONAL FINAL PAYMENT £8,122.50
OPTION TO PURCHASE FEE3 £10.00
TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE £22,210.70
TOTAL AMOUNT OF CREDIT £16,911.00
REPRESENTATIVE APR % 5.4% APR
RATE OF INTEREST P.A. 5.4% FIXED
EXCESS MILEAGE CHARGE 4.8P PER MILE

At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle 1 £1,000 towards your deposit when purchased on Solutions PCP. Acceptance fee is not required. Optional final payment Payable at the end of your agreement. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 31/12/2020 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication 01/10/20. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. *Service plan must be purchased at point of sale and covers the first two consecutive services limited to 1x oil service and 1x oil and inspection service.

Saving Offer - R-Line

Saving Offer - R-Line

Solutions Personal Contract Plan† representative example subject to 5,000 miles per annum for a T-CROSS 1.0TSI 115 R-LN

  • £900 off RRP
  • £1,000 Deposit Contribution
  • £2,199.50 Customer Deposit
DURATION 4 YEARS
47MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF £299.99
DEPOSIT CONTRIBUTION1 £1,000
CUSTOMER DEPOSIT £2,199
RETAIL CASH PRICE (includes £900 discount) £24,070.00
ACCEPTANCE FEE2 £0.00
OPTIONAL FINAL PAYMENT 9,765.00
OPTION TO PURCHASE FEE3 £10.00
TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE £27,374.02
TOTAL AMOUNT OF CREDIT £20,870.50
REPRESENTATIVE APR % 5.4% APR
RATE OF INTEREST P.A. 5.4% FIXED
EXCESS MILEAGE CHARGE 4.8P PER MILE

At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle 1 £1,000 towards your deposit when purchased on Solutions PCP. Acceptance fee is not required. Optional final payment Payable at the end of your agreement. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 31/12/2020 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication 01/10/20. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. *Service plan must be purchased at point of sale and covers the first two consecutive services limited to 1x oil service and 1x oil and inspection service.

Contract Hire Offer

  • £235 a month.
  • Plus VAT and Initial rental with Contract Hire. Business Users Only

T-Cross SE 1.0 TSI 115PS manual, 3 years, 10,000 miles per annum Contract Hire^ example.

Initial rental £705.00
Monthly rental £235.00 (35 monthly rental)

^No ownership option Business users only. Excess mileage at 4p per mile and damage charges may apply. *All prices including excess mileage exclude VAT. VAT payable at 20%. 18s+. Subject to status and availability. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 15th December 2020 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 01/10/2020. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services.

Motability Offer

Motability Offer

  • Volkswagen Connect
  • Composition media infotainment system
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • Blind spot monitor and lane keeping system
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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.

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