Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI S 5dr Review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £18,655What Car? Target Price£17,723
Review

Go for the 1.0 TSI 95 SE model and you'll have bought a very fine, practical small SUV for a sensible price. Don't be tempted to go for higher trims and more powerful engines, because if you have that kind of money to spend we'd recommend looking at the T-Roc instead – it's only slightly more expensive and more sophisticated in many areas. The excellent Ford Puma is also more fun to drive.

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Entry-level S trim is pretty basic. The highlights are 16in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, electric windows, front seat lumbar and height adjustment, an 8.0in touchscreen, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Safety features include automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance. We’d suggest a step up to SE if you can.

This is all you'll probably need. It isn't as nippy as a Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost MHEV buts still hits 0-62mph in a claimed 10.8sec and serves up enough performance from low revs to avoid you having to thrash the engine. You don't even miss the absence of a sixth gear – this engine and the 1.6 TDI diesel are the only versions of the T-Cross with a five-speed manual gearbox.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH11.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

48.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

455

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

132

g/km

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