Volkswagen Unveils Refreshed T-Cross
The Volkswagen T-Cross was introduced in 2018 as a subcompact crossover SUV that stands out from the competition. It is not simply a raised-up version of the Polo but a well-designed vehicle in its own right.
Since its arrival, VW has sold around 1.2 million units, and to give credit where it's due, it has been claiming victory in its fold by offering great practicality, refinement and superb efficiency.
It has recently been to the surgeon's room for a nip and tuck, and it looks slightly different. Sold in three variants, Life, Style and R-Line, the new T-Cross comes fitted with new integrated LED headlights and LED rear lights as standard for the two latter trims and as an option on the Life variant.
Like most VWs of today, the front and rear lights are linked by a light bar and for the first time in a T-Cross, VW is offering the IQ. Light LED Matrix headlights at an extra cost.
The good thing is that all variants get silver underbody protection while the base sits on stylish 16" alloys and the rest of the range on 17" alloy wheels.
The entire range can be made in three new, fresh colours: Grape Yellow, Clear Blue Metallic and Kings Red Metallic.
While the exterior is subtly altered, judging from pictures at least, things start to get a little fancier inside, thanks to a new free-standing infotainment system in two sizes depending on the trim specified; 8" and 9.2", both with the latest hardware and software.
For the more stylish trims, buyers will notice the illuminated touch and slider controls instead of toggles and switches. VW offers a digital instrument cluster as standard across the range. The dashboard has seen a considerable makeover to align with other models under the VW banner. That said, the dash panel features soft-upholstered and higher-quality surface materials, while the Style and R-Line front door trims get the same treatment.
Though it's technically a facelift, and we don't expect any change in dimensions, VW says the T-Cross is 27 mm longer than before due to the reshaping of the bumpers that give it a more commanding stance on the road.
The boot space remains unchanged at up to 1,281 litres, with all the rear seats folded flat.
While there's no word on what powers the updated range, we expect the usual engines to soldier on unchanged. As a reminder, the current lineup consists of the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder and the 1.5-litre 4-cylinder TSI engines, with the former available in two states of tune; 70 kW/175 Nm and 85 kW/200 Nm. The latter pumps out 110 kW and 250 Nm.
Depending on the trim specified, the engines shove power to the front axle via a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG transmission.
If you're looking for a compact crossover SUV that offers onboard technology, style, and an urban focus all in one package, the T-Cross represents excellent value for your money.