The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
While the Volkswagen T-Cross is no Range Rover in terms of driver elevation, it does place you farther from the road than many of its small SUV rivals, including the Ford Puma and Kia Stonic, and much higher than the Skoda Kamiq.
But aside from how high you sit, the whole arrangement feels similar to that of the Polo, on which the T-Cross is based. That's a good thing because it means there’s a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustment, including standard height and lumbar adjustment on all trims, plus a height-adjustable centre armrest (SE trim and above). Our only minor grumble is that, depending on the length of your legs, you might find that the leading edge of the seat base digs into the backs of your thighs.
Fear not, though, as the Light and Sight pack is available on all but base S trim, and is a really affordable option that adds a rear-view camera and automatic high-beam function for the headlights.
Front and rear parking sensors come as standard from Active trim upwards, but it’s disappointing that you get no sensors at all on S or SE trim unless you dip into the options list. Ultra-bright LED headlights come with Black Edition, SEL and R-Line trims, but are a very expensive option if you go for SE trim.
Sat nav and infotainment
Every T-Cross has an 8.0in colour touchscreen, along with a USB-C connection, USB charging, Bluetooth and a DAB radio, while a 9.2-inch screen with voice control is an optional upgrade on all but entry-level S cars. Volkswagen Connect comes as standard, which allows the car to communicate with an app on your phone so that, among other things, you can analyse the efficiency of your driving or check on the car's location, just in case you've forgotten where you parked.