First Drive

2019 Volkswagen T-Cross verdict

The T-Cross will be Volkswagen's smallest SUV and should cost from around Β£17,000, making it a rival for the big-selling Nissan Juke. It won't go on sale until next year, but we've already tried a late prototype

Words By John Howell

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2019 Volkswagen T-Cross

That Β£17,000 starting price already mentioned will be for the lower-powered 1.0-litre unit in an entry-level trim. But this potentially favoured 1.0 TSI 115, with a few creature comforts, should cost between Β£18,500 and Β£19,500. And if you look at the equivalent engine in the Seat Arona for guidance, by today's NEDC measurements we'd expect it to manage around 57mpg, with CO2 emissions in the region of 113g/km. By the time the T-Cross arrives, though, cars will be measured by the more real-world-representative WLTP tests.

Having been told that the T-Cross is 95% ready, we’d have to say from our drive that it's 95% recommendable. The ride and handling need fine-tuning, but the fundamentals certainly feel right, and it's great in terms of space and practicality. So, if VW can hit the targets above, making it relatively affordable to by and run, this forthcoming baby SUV has the potential to be more than just good. Indeed, the strapline could be 'I am best car in the class'.

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Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 115

Price tbc Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol Power 113bhp Torque tbc Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph tbc Top speed tbc Official economy tbc CO2, tax band tbc

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