What Car? says...
At first glance, the Volkswagen T-Cross doesn't seem like a model that VW really needs in its line-up. After all, it already has the T-Roc – another small SUV that's near enough the same size. Indeed, you might even find yourself trying to choose between the two cars.
But look a little closer and there are some key differences. The T-Cross is available with less powerful engines and more spartan trim levels, for example, so it can be quite a lot cheaper to buy if you select your spec carefully. It also has some clever tricks, including sliding rear seats, so in some ways it's a more practical car.
The Volkswagen T-Cross is below average among small SUVs for reliability, coming 17th out of 20 models rated in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. As a manufacturer, VW came 20th out of 30 car makers ranked in the survey. The T-Cross comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, which is on a par with most rivals, but behind Hyundai, Kia and MG. Read more here
No, the T-Cross is only available with traditional petrol or diesel engines. We think the best of those is the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol. If you want a fully electric VW car, you should explore the VW ID range. Read more here
The entry-level 1.0-litre petrol engine is probably all you need. It does 0-62mph in 10.8sec and pulls from low revs, so you don’t need to thrash it. We’d recommend pairing that with the T-Cross’s SE trim, which includes 17in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, a second USB charging port and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. Read more here
SE trim level is our pick, and gets 17in alloys, adaptive cruise control, a second USB charging port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. SEL is more expensive, and packs the T-Cross with creature comforts including dual-zone climate control and tinted windows. They’re good to have, but you pay a relatively high price for them. Read more here
The T-Cross was tested by safety experts Euro NCAP in 2019 and received a maximum five-star rating, with a notably better adult protection score than the Ford Puma and Nissan Juke. The T-Cross’s child protection scores were marginally lower, though. Standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) and a post-collision safety system. Read more here
The Volkswagen T-Cross has sliding rear seats, so you can extend the boot from being a similar volume to the VW Golf’s to the capacity of the Nissan Qashqai boot. The volume ranges from 385 litres to 455 litres, depending on how far back or forward you push the seats. Whichever setting you use, there’s enough room or a buggy or a big shop. SE trim and above gets a boot floor height adjuster, which adds versatility. Read more here
|RRP price range||£22,130 - £30,150|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||44.1 - 49.6|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,313 / £1,880|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,626 / £3,761|