After an extensive teaser campaign, Volkswagen has finally unveiled their latest SUV offering, the Volkswagen T-Cross. This is the brand’s first-ever compact SUV and is aimed at the younger demographic.
Based on the Group’s MQB platform, the T-Cross measures at 4.11 metres with a 2.56-metre wheelbase – smaller than a Honda HR-V. Despite that, the designers have taken clever measures to ensure that the T-Cross will seat five comfortably. One of which is to introduce a sliding rear bench that can be adjusted by 14 cm for more passenger leg room or luggage space, the latter is rated between 385 to 455 litres.
The T-Cross is a tiny car but the designers have penned it in such a way that it appears to be larger than its dimensions suggests. At the front, the T-Cross features Volkswagen’s familiar family fascia on SUVs and buyers can introduce a little more flair to the baby SUV by specifying the R-Line trim.
Over to the rear, the taillamps are connected by a trim that runs across the tailgate while a T-Cross model designation sits below the number plate holder. Funky is the name of the game for the T-Cross, especially when it comes with more than 12 exterior colour options.
For powertrain options, there are three TSI petrol engines and one TDI diesel option. The entry-level T-Cross has the option for two 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol generating 95 hp and 115 hp. The top petrol variant gets a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI with 150 hp while the 1.6 TDI four-cylinder diesel is good for 95 hp. All variants of the T-Cross is strictly front-wheel driven.
The key USP for the T-Cross compact SUV is its advanced driver assistance systems that is available as standard fitment across all variants including Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring, City Emergency Braking System, Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, proactive occupant protection system and Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with integrated Rear Traffic Alert.
Other functions such as Driver Alert System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Park Assist are available as an option. With the number of standard safety features available on the T-Cross, the baby SUV is one of the safest vehicles in class.