Juliet Reviews…The VW T-Cross

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The wait is over! The Volkswagen T-Cross is finally here and I could not be more excited about it. I headed up the Garden Route to test this new comer and was left with a big smile on my face. I knew I was going to like it, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do.

The T-Cross is not just a Polo on stilts as many would have you believe. And it is not just a new type of Cross Polo either. The SUV-styling goes deeper than that. This car is higher and longer than the Polo. In fact, it is quite a bit bigger in most ways. I love that it has its own design identity too. Sure, it is certainly a familiar Volkswagen, but they could have very easily just added some extra cladding and logos to the Polo and called it a T-Cross. But they didn’t. Well done VW!

Step inside and it is very familiar. If you love the interior of the Polo then you will certainly be right at home in the T-Cross. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard and, as is the case with Volkswagen’s systems, it is user-friendly and the graphics are sharp. You can make the interior look even more fancy by opting for the Active Digital Display which will give you a digital instrument cluster. It really takes the T-Cross to a new level. There are many options on the list that you would usually find in the more high-end cars. There are up to four USB ports up for grabs as well as an optional inductive wireless charging pad. Keyless locking also makes it feel a whole lot more premium. And that’s without mentioning the optional Beats sound system with its 300-watt, 8-channel amplifier and separate subwoofer.

The standard safety spec is generous but again, there are more premium options on offer as well. Features such as Park Assist and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert.

Space is aplenty. The legroom for rear passengers is ample and if it is a bigger boot you’re after, you are in luck. The rear bench slides forward opening up a luggage capacity of 455-litres.

There will be three trim lines available. At the moment you can opt for either Comfortline or Highline. The Trendline will only be available with the 70kW model which is due here next year at a predicted price tag of under R300 000.

Currently you only have the 1,0 TSI 85 kW engine to choose, but the 1.5-litre TSI 110kW engine should arrive early next year. The 1.0-litre is what I got to drive and it is certainly punchy enough, even on highway driving. It also means a low fuel consumption of just 4.9-litres/100 km.

If you love the Volkswagen Polo but need extra space or if you are tired of the rivals that have dominated this segment (possibly only due to the lack of a VW contender), then take the T-Cross for a spin. But move quickly, these will be flying off showroom floors.

PRICING OF THE NEW VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS

1.0 TSI 85kW Comfortline DSG®       R334 600

1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG®                  R365 000

1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG®                   R403 500

The T-Cross comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty,
a 3 year/ 45 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.

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