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VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS ESTATE SPECIAL EDITION

1.0 TSI 110 Active 5dr

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Volkswagen's considered entry into the supermini-based SUV sector, the T-Cross, should find a ready market, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

It may seem as if Volkswagen has a considerable number of family SUVs in its model line-up but the surprising truth is that until the introduction of this T-Cross model, the Wolfsburg brand had been completely absent from one of this crucial segment's fastest-growing sectors; that for supermini-based SUVs. Nissan launched the Juke in 2011. Renault announced the Captur in 2014. It wasn't though until late 2018 that we first saw this T-Cross. It slots into the Volkswagen range just below the Golf-based T-Roc. Which in turn sits below the Tiguan and Touareg SUVs in the company's line-up. the T-Cross is Polo-based and sits on the same MQB-A0 platform as its VW Group cousins, the Skoda Kamiq and the SEAT Arona.

Driving Experience

There are three T-Cross engine options. Most buyers will want Volkswagen's 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. Entry-level variants get it in 95PS form with a 5-speed gearbox but further up the range, the variants available feature this unit in a 115PS state of tune. Go for that and you'll be offered the option of a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. Both engines have impressive torque available from low revs - the 95PS version delivering 175Nm from just 2,000rpm and the 115PS version serving up its 200Nm across the same 2,000rpm to 3,500rpm band. In other words, you won't have to row this little VW along with the gear lever through town. T-Cross models equipped with the 95PS engine reach 62mph in 11.5 seconds, with a top speed of 112mph where legal, while the punchier 115PS versions top out at 120mph, reaching 62mph in 10.2 seconds. We said there were three engine options. The minority-interest third choice is a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 95PS. It develops 250Nm of pulling power, a useful increase from the 200Nm figure you get in the 1.0 TSI 115PS unit. All T-Cross models are front-driven: there's not much appetite in this segment for 4WD. In any case, the Polo platform doesn't allow for it. Don't expect a T-Cross to ride quite as well as a Polo - that taller, heavier body has to tell somewhere - but for the school run and commuting duties, few buyers are likely to have issues.

Design and Build

The T-Cross is actually very similar in size to its T-Roc showroom stablemate, despite the fact that it sits on an MQB-A0 platform supposedly designated for cars a class smaller. It's a couple of inches longer and just under six inches taller than the Polo supermini it's based upon but that still leaves it a touch tinier than most key rivals in the segment for small SUVs. That doesn't stop it from being plenty spacious enough for a small family inside though. There's second row space big enough for a couple of six foot adults to sit comfortably, particularly if they shift the standard sliding rear bench all the way back. Doing that reduces boot space from 455 to 385-litres (still 10% more than a Polo). An adjustable-height boot floor makes the cargo space accessible for a variety of loads too. Up front, the elevated hip point makes this T-Cross feel bigger than a supermini. If you find yourself paying more to get the Volkswagen badge, you might be a little disappointed to find that the dashboard plastics are rather scratchy. Still, the fascia controls are intuitive and the top two trim levels get a classy 8-inch centre-dash touchscreen with 'Apple Carplay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring functionality.

Market and Model

Expect the T-Cross to sell in the £17,000 to £25,000 bracket, which is fractionally above what you'll pay for volume rivals like Renault's Captur, Nissan's Juke or, indeed, this model's two VW Group cousins, the Skoda Kamiq and the SEAT Arona. T-Cross buyers are offered a choice of four trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line'. 'SE' buyers get the chance to pay £750 more to graduate from the entry-level 95PS version of the 1.0 TSI petrol engine to the 115PS variant. Further up the range, you have to have this perkier unit. Providing you avoid base trim and the base 95PS engine, you'll be offered the chance to pay £1,500 more for a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. The 1.6 TDI diesel variants start from just under £21,500. All T-Cross variants benefit from a sliding rear bench seat as standard. And the 'SE' derivatives that most customers will choose get 17-inch 'Clayton' alloy wheels, black roof rails and front fog lights with cornering function. Plus a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and a variable boot floor. Tech highlights include adaptive cruise control, app connect and a driver alert system. 'SEL' trim brings 17-inch 'Chesterfield' alloys, tinted windows, LED headlights and silver roof rails, as well as front sport seats, carpet mats and an ambient lighting package. Climate control and a Discover Navigation system are also included. We could write for the rest of the page about the opportunities for model personalisation; suffice it to say that there are plenty.

Cost of Ownership

Volkswagen quotes CO2 figures for the 1.0 TSI engine ranging between 111 and 115g/km - so not too far off what you'd get in a diesel. Expect around 55mpg on the combined cycle. The 1.6 TDI diesel variant manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel figure of 48.9mpg and an NEDC CO2 reading of 140g/km. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your T-Cross will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. What else? Warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since this is what's on offer with its mechanically very similar LCV models. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your T-Cross, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package. Whatever your decision, your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this model is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.

Summary

It's surprising that Volkswagen took so long to enter the supermini-sized part of the SUV segment. There's no doubt though that the brand has taken careful note of what buyers want in this class and provided a product that seems to meet what the market's currently looking for. You'll pay a little more for a T-Cross than you will for its most obvious rivals, but what you get in return is a car with a little more polish than obvious competitors. The sliding rear bench will be a key showroom selling point and buyers will be pleased to find plenty of opportunities for personalisation. You could downsize from a Golf into one of these and feel quite happy - and we think plenty of customers will. How appealing the T-Cross will be to drivers currently loyal to rival brands is another question. There's no doubt though, that it's likely to carve out a useful niche for itself.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions131.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed117mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' Reminder warning buzzer
  • Adaptive cruise control including front assist, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
  • Car information display
  • Driver alert system
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Lane assist
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
  • Operating permit alteration
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Stop/start system
  • Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
  • Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • We Connect Go Dongle
  • Wireless Car net app connect with Apple CarPlay, combined functionality of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and MirrorLink

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Misfuel prevention device

Entertainment

  • 2 X USB connection with USB charging sockets and in rear centre console
  • DAB Digital radio receiver
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • Premium USB cable for Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display

Exterior Features

  • 3D active badge on B-pillar
  • Active door sills
  • Active sill panel trims
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Dusk sensor + automatic driving lights
  • Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with reverse activated kerb view adjustment on passenger's side
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights with static cornering function
  • Galvanised body
  • Heated rear window
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Lower door sills and door pillars in black
  • Radiator grille with high gloss surface and chrome strip
  • Rear fog light on one side, reversing light on both sides
  • Rear lights incorporating LED technology
  • Rear tinted glass 65% approx light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Rear window aerial
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Reflectors in all doors
  • Tailgate with integrated roof spoiler
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket in centre console
  • 3 rear head restraints and 3 rear three point seat belts
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
  • Ambient lighting and sourround lighting
  • Brushed stainless steel pedals
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
  • Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front and rear reading lights X 2
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Front seats with adj lumbar support
  • Glovebox
  • Heating and fresh air system with 4 stage blower
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light with delay
  • Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Moveable and foldable Rear bench seat
  • Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door
  • Three spoke multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel and gearknob
  • Trapeze cloth upholstery
  • Variable boot floor

Packs

  • Winter pack - T-cross

Passive Safety

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
  • Drivers and Front Passengers airbags with front passengers airbag deactivation switch
  • ESC with EDL, ASR, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
  • Extended and proactive pedestrian protection
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Height adjustable 3 point automatic front seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Hill start assist
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Single torn horn
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Child security locks in rear doors
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote tailgate unlocking using key fob

Trim

  • Decorative strips in doors in matt silver/ center console

Wheels

  • 17" Clayton alloy wheels + anti theft wheel bolts
  • Breakdown kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    131

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Engine Code
    C113FX
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    51.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    110
  • Based On ID
    93463
  • Coin Description
    TSI 110
  • Coin Series
    Active
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    10E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    86
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    80
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    110
  • Engine Power - KW
    81
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    148
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    200
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    117

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    CLAYTON
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1584
  • Length
    4108
  • Wheelbase
    2551
  • Width
    1760

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1750
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1281
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    455
  • Max. Loading Weight
    555
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    630
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1195
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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