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Image: Wheels24 / Sergio Davids
Image: Wheels24 / Sergio Davids

The T-Cross, which will join the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg, set to arrive locally in September.

READ: VW's Polo SUV headed for SA: The T-Cross is 'measured maturity' in an awesome crossover package

The T-Cross, manufactured in Navarra, Spain, will soon be captivating hearts in the South African market with its combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and fuel economy.

Powerful and economical - the turbocharged engine

At launch in the third quarter this year, the T-Cross will be powered by the automaker's 1.0 TSI turbocharged petrol engine delivering 85kW. T-Cross will also be available with the more powerful 1.5 TSI three-cylinder engine delivering 110kW from the fourth quarter of 2019 and the entry level 1.0 TSI engine delivering 70kW from the first quarter of 2020.

The T-Cross measures 4.2m in length, 182mm more than the Polo and 11cm shorter than the T-Roc (which will launch in South Africa in 2020). The difference in height is even more obvious: the T-Cross measures 1.5m compared to the Polo’s 1.4m.

The wheelbase of 2.5m increases the space for seats and provides a spacious and roomy feel. The elevated seat position is typical of an SUV. The driver and front passenger sit 597mm above the road, while the rear passengers benefit from a vantage point of 652mm.

That is 10cm higher than in the Polo, thus guaranteeing good visibility from all seats.

1.0 TSI engine 

The three-cylinder 1.0 TSI generates 85kW of power. The turbocharged direct injection engine develops maximum torque of 200 Nm is available between 2 000 and 3 500 rpm. This version reaches 100km/h in 10.2 seconds and has a top speed of 193 km/h. Claimed fuel consumption is 4.9 litres/100km. This engine is only available in 7-speed DSG transmission.

Pricing for the T-Cross will be confirmed closer to the local launch of the model in September.

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Attractive highlights include the successful combination of a powerfully expressive front spoiler and a large, wide radiator grille, at the outer ends of which the headlamps are integrated. The light units are designed to be long and flat, and extend far into the flanks.

The positioning of the fog lights and daytime running lights emphasise the height of the vehicle front. If the optional LED headlights are installed, the daytime running lights share the same housing. The tail light clusters feature LED technology as standard.

On the sides of the T-Cross, two horizontal sharp character lines from front to rear underline the dynamic appearance of the compact SUV. 

A bold reflective band spans the rear. Framed by a black trim panel, it is a notable recognition feature in the same way as the distinctive front end. 

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The dynamically designed wheels also contribute to the distinctive and cool look of the new T-Cross. 16-inch wheels are fitted as standard. In addition, 17" and 18" alloy wheels are available as options.

The exterior of the T-Cross can also be customised in various ways. There is a choice of nine exterior colours or a selection of coloured wheel rims which enhance the combination options.

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A more spacious interior

The T-Cross provides good visibility. Passengers enjoy a superior view and good all-round visibility thanks to the elevated seating position. The interior is extremely spacious, giving the occupants the feeling that they are sitting in a larger vehicle.

The 2.55m wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five people. For the greatest possible versatility in the interior, the sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 14cm, allowing more passenger leg room or more luggage space. The luggage compartment holds between 377 and 455 litres.

Thanks to a rear seat back that folds down fully or partially, you can create a flat loading space with up to 1281 litres of storage volume - unsurpassed by any other SUV in this segment.

The large-format dash pads correspond in colour and structure to the seat materials, the steering wheel clasp, the painted central console, the platinum grey trim colour and the exterior finishes. This gives the interior of the vehicle a cool, sporty look.

The design package also offers 3D decor for the dash pad, two-tone seat surfaces, a steering wheel clasp and central console in a matching tone, and colour-coordinated wing mirrors and wheels. The indirect ambient lighting further accentuates the vehicle’s interior. Electric windows on all four doors and a height-adjustable driver and passenger seat also come as standard.

Even more digitalised

The T-Cross provides discerning users with the highest level of networking and connection to the outside world. Even the operation and customisation of the on-board functions are intuitive. Up to four USB ports and the optional inductive wireless charging ensure optimum connectivity and sufficient power for smartphones. The optional keyless locking and starting system Keyless Access makes access to the T-Cross more convenient. Another highlight is the optional sound system from renowned US brand Beats with a 300-watt, 8-channel amplifier and a separate subwoofer in the luggage compartment.

Numerous standard driver assistance systems

The T-Cross’s outstanding five star rating in the Euro NCAP test and exemplary occupant protection, increases safety, reduces the risk of a collision and improves driving comfort. The Driver Alert System comes standard whilst optional equipment available on the T-Cross includes Front Assist area monitoring system, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, automatic adaptive cruise control, Park Assist and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert.

Top score for the T-Cross in Euro NCAP safety tests

The T-Cross performed outstandingly in the renowned Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety test. 

WATCH: Euro NCAP tests Volkswagen T-Cross, Rav4 and Corolla Hatch 

Euro NCAP recreates the most common accident scenarios as part of comprehensive test procedures. The vehicle scored a compliance rating of 97% in the “Adult occupant protection” category. Very few vehicles have scored this value, demonstrating that small SUVs can keep up with larger models.

The child safety rating of 86% underlines how perfectly suitable the T-Cross is for families. The active support systems scored a rating of 80%, far better than the previous standard in this vehicle category. In addition to passive protection equipment, the vehicle also features Front Assist that looks out for pedestrians’ and cyclists’ safety. With 81% the vehicle scored very well within the currently valid assessment scenarios in this category.

Three equipment line offerings

The T-Cross, already equipped with extensive standard equipment, can be customised and upgraded further with optional equipment and several equipment trims.

Trendline trim

The entry level variant comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, split folding rear seats, colour-coded handles and mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors, electric windows at the front and rear, height and lumbar adjustable driver and passenger seats, Tyre Pressure Monitor, 6.5" 'Composition Colour' display, combined front and side airbags, Rest Assist as well as Titanium black seat and instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

Comfortline trim

The Comfortline trim expands on the Trendline and comes standard with 16" ‘Belmont‘ alloy wheels, black roof rails, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel with multi-function display, Park Distance Control (front and rear), cruise control, Light and Sight Package and a front centre arm rest.

Optional features on the Comfortline trim include; R-Line Exterior with 17" ‘Manila‘ alloy wheels, Beats sound system, Inductive Wireless Mobile Charging, Composition Media with App-Connect, Discover Media (includes Navigation), Active Info Display, Park Assist with Rear View Camera and Foldable Mirrors , Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), LED headlights with Rear View Camera, Keyless Entry and Removable Towbar.

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Highline trim

The third equipment variant, the Highline, has additional standard features to the Comfortline which include Comfort Sports Seats, Inductive Wireless Mobile Charging, Driving Profile Selection, Climatronic Aircon, LED Headlights, Composition Media with App-Connect and 18" 'Cologne' alloy wheels. Optional extras on the Highline include; R-Line Exterior with 18-inch ‘Nevada‘ alloy wheels, Design Package in Energetic Orange, Beats sound system, Discover Media (includes Navigation), Active Info Display, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), Keyless Entry, Removable Towbar and Titanium Black-Energetic Orange seats, titanium black instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

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