Volkswagen-Polo in Cross VW-T-Cross driving report. In the spring of 2019, VW will complete its SUV range with the Polo T-Cross. We were already able to make a round now.
After Touareg, Tiguan (including Allspace) and T-Roc now T-Cross. The youngest #VW
SUV builds like the Polo on the modular transverse matrix MQB A0 and should close the gap in the much sought after small crossover models around the Renault Captur. With its dimensions (length / width / height: 4.11 / 1.76 / 1.56 meters), the T-Cross is closely following its Spanish sister model, the Seat Arona, which was introduced in 2017 and whose drive range it largely handles: three- and four-cylinder TSI (with petrol particulate filter) with 95, 115 and 150 hp and a four-cylinder TDI with 95 hp and SCR Kat, almost all with optional dual-clutch transmission.
And like the Arona, which is also based on the #MQB
A0, four-wheel drive and adaptive dampers are not provided. But the VW developers around line manager Andreas Krüger was clear that the T-Cross has more to offer, if he should pass after the late market launch in the spring of 2019 in the competition - both internally and externally. The most important component is the extended variability, because the rear seat with a ratio of 60:40 divided folding backrest is standard by 15 centimeters movable.
Thus, the standard luggage space can be expanded from 385 to 455 liters - that's even more than in the 15 centimeters longer Golf, even at roof-high load behind the front seats (1281 liters).
The feeling of space is also comparable. With the bench pushed back, large occupants can almost stretch their legs, their heads do not hit the headliner. Since the seats are positioned ten centimeters higher than in the Polo, it is easier to get on and off.
Spacious and functional A flat fold-down front passenger seat back and a height-adjustable cargo floor are available as an option, which can also be fitted with the rigid luggage compartment cover if required. Small items take on large-format shelves in doors and center console, for mobile phones there is an inductive charging option and two USB sockets front and rear. The cockpit, still concealed in the prototype, closely follows the layout of the Polo in the layout. The optional digital instruments form a unit with the eight-inch infotainment touchscreen placed at the same height and are surrounded by a trim in body color.
These include air vents and air conditioning. Unusually: Optionally VW provides a two-zone automatic climate control, but no glass roof. Twelve exterior colors and a black contrasting finish for the roof are available, along with wheels in 16-, 17- or 18-inch format. At the front, the T-Cross carries H7 or LED headlamps, while lights are always fitted with LED technology at the rear. In between spans - for the first time in a VW - a black aperture with red reflective tape.
The prototype, which is waiting for us in the southeast of Munich for a first exit, is covered with colorful foil. Under the well-visible hood from the driver's seat is the well-insulated 1.6-liter TDI, which accelerates the T-Cross fast.
Just as the suspension reacts precisely but not too directly to the sufficiently smooth steering and the suspension responds comfortably without disturbing the structure: after just a few meters, all of this feels familiar to Polo or Arona.
In fact, the T-Cross is still on the go, for example with a very extensive assistance offer, with the Lane Keeping Assist even being part of the standard equipment. And probably also at the prices that VW announces at the latest at the beginning of the presale at the end of the year.
For orientation: The Arona starts at 16 290 euros.
The T-Cross is 5.4 inches longer and 11.2 inches higher than a VW Polo. Series Manager Andreas Krüger explains the special details of the new T-Cross.