Cutting a dash: The ‘pineapple’ decorative stickers along the dash and door panels of the SE trim add to the appeal.

Reducing a splash: The ‘pineapple’ ornamental stickers alongside the sprint and door panels of the SE trim add to the attraction.

Volkswagen’s first entrant into the compact SUV section – the T-Cross – was launched within the UK final yr.  It joins a household of VW SUVs, particularly Tiguan, T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg. Persevering with just-auto/AIC’s overview of inside design and expertise traits, we take a more in-depth look inside this mannequin.

The T-Cross was previewed in idea guise on the 2016 Geneva motor present, showing there in a cabriolet type because the T-Cross Breeze. On first look, it has a extra of a conventional, two-box SUV form in comparison with the T-Roc, thereby maximising inside area.

Let’s begin with some nitty-gritty knowledge. Measurement-wise, it measures 4,108 mm lengthy and 1,558 mm excessive. It’s, subsequently, bigger than a Polo (4,053 mm and 1,461 mm respectively) and smaller than a T-Roc (4,234 mm and 1,573 mm). Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) structure permits the pushed entrance axle to be situated effectively ahead additional enhancing the automobile’s packaging and use of area.

4 trim ranges are supplied, particularly the entry stage S, rising to the SE, SEL and top-drawer R-Line. The spec sheet of our SE mannequin included an extended record of normal tools, from intelligent security expertise to 17-inch alloys. All SE fashions include air-con, stop-start operate, energy home windows and rain sensor. Non-compulsory tools included entrance sports activities seats, parking sensors, a spare wheel and a winter pack (comprising heated entrance seats and heated windscreen washer jets).

The cockpit is jam-packed with the newest expertise set out logically thereby making it simple to search out your manner round. Instantly beneath the local weather management panel is the storage field for smartphones with two USB ports and an inductive wi-fi charging pad.

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Ahead visibility is nice with no main blind spots to get bothered about because of some comparatively skinny A-pillars. Rear visibility shouldn’t be so nice (it not often is in any SUV of no matter dimension), though a rearview monitor assist throughout parking manoeuvres.

By advantage of its MQB underpinnings, the T-Cross contains a so-called Energetic Information Show that might be acquainted to drivers of Passat, Tiguan and Golf. This replaces the traditional analogue instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. Utilizing a button on the steering wheel, the driving force can swap between three layouts and customise the show to swimsuit their choice. Different steering wheel buttons assist you to function the automobile’s audio system and sat-nav whereas preserving each arms on the wheel.

The tablet-style eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav is app-like in look and extra responsive than we now have discovered elsewhere.

Shifting to the rear, baggage area within the sensible, sq. form boot – with height-adjustable flooring – supplies 385 litres with the sliding (as one) rear seat bench again and 455 litres with it ahead. When the 60/40 break up rear seat backrests are flipped ahead, this liberates 1,281 litres of bags area.  The sliding rear bench implies that as much as 14 cm of additional leg room is offered for the passengers. Storage-wise, the cubbies are an honest dimension and there’s even a sliding drawer beneath the driving force’s seat to retailer odds and sods.

Every spec consists of its personal fabric sort for the inside upholstery, starting from ‘Basket’, to ‘Carbon Flag’, or with colored upholstery if a design pack is chosen – Black, Energetic Orange and Bamboo Backyard Inexperienced. With the design packs, the T-Cross’s upholstery features a three-tone design, with the bolsters and headrests of the seats completed in complementary colors relying on which pack is chosen. Matching colored sprint pads are additionally supplied in these design packs, in addition to colored trim within the steering wheel and centre console.

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Connectivity

All fashions above entry-level S trim come geared up with Automotive-Internet App Join, which mixes the performance of Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and MirrorLink permitting mirroring of a smartphone show on the touchscreen, by way of a USB connection. At SE spec and above, the automobile is supplied with 4 USB cost factors for passengers’ units – two within the entrance of the automobile, and two within the rear – situated behind the centre console. Smartphones could be charged wirelessly.

Superior driver help techniques

By way of superior driver help system (ADAS) applied sciences, the T-Cross ticks a whole lot of packing containers. Normal ADAS tools features a entrance help space monitoring system with pedestrian monitoring and metropolis emergency braking, lane-keeping help, hill begin help; blind spot detection lane change help system with built-in rear site visitors alert. Additionally obtainable as choices are the driving force alert system, computerized adaptive cruise management and park help.

On the highway

Our SE press overview supplied a agency trip on 17-inch wheels. Though in some ways just like the T-Roc, the T-Cross is cheaper and barely much less highly effective. It additionally comes geared up with a couple of extra sensible touches, together with an non-obligatory folding entrance passenger seat. Area-wise, knee and head room within the again is kind of good for six-footers, helped by the sliding performance of the rear seat bench – a rarity on this class. Boot area can also be beneficiant and but nonetheless manages to squeeze in a full-size spare wheel.

Powered by 1.0-litre petrol with a five-speed handbook gearbox, it averaged 41.1 mpg in comparison with the official mixed take a look at cycle of 48.6 mpg.  On steadiness, the T-Cross comes with a beneficiant record of normal tools, intelligent security expertise and an intuitive infotainment system. It’s manufactured on the Spanish Volkswagen manufacturing facility in Pamplona alongside the Polo. Rival fashions embody the likes of the Kia Stonic, Skoda Kamiq and Nissan Juke.

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