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Volkswagen T-Cross Review 2021

If you're in the market for a small SUV that is comfortable, practical and enjoyable to drive, look no further than the Volkswagen T-Cross.

Taking on rivals such as the Skoda Kamiq, the Ford Puma and the Nissan Juke in the competitive compact crossover class, the Volkswagen T-Cross offers space, style and decent fuel economy, making it perfect for adventures in and out of the city.

Our Volkswagen T-Cross review covers:

  • Key Features
  • Design and Practicality
  • Interior and Trims
  • Power and Performance
  • Leasing vs Buying

Volkswagen T-Cross Key Features

  • Distinctive VW design with new optional paint colours
  • Practical interior with generous head and legroom
  • 60:40 split rear seats and a 385-litre boot which can expand to 1,281 litres
  • Good choice of petrol engines with 94bhp, 109bhp or 148bhp
  • Various trim levels including the S, SE, Active, Black Edition, SEL and R-Line

Design and Practicality

While the T-Cross may not be as quirky to look at than rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Ford Puma, it boasts a funkier design than Volkswagen's larger SUVs. Paint colours like Energetic Orange and Mekena Turquoise, along with matching alloy wheels, help make it stand out on the road. There are also elements inspired by the rest of the VW family, including fog light surrounds inspired by the T-Roc and side creases reminiscent of the Polo.  

Volkswagen T-Cross exterior

Inside, the T-Cross features some clever tricks to make it more practical. Interior storage is plentiful with a large glovebox, a multitude of trays, cubbies and cupholders and a sliding drawer under the driver's seat. Legroom is as generous as it is in a Volkswagen Polo and its taller stance means headroom is equally good for both front and back passengers. 

The 385-litre boot has enough space for a child's buggy or your holiday luggage, which can be expanded to 1,281 litres when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded down, which is 46 litres more than you get in a Renault Captur. SE trims and above comes with an adjustable boot floor as standard. 

Interior and Trims

Sadly, the T-Cross doesn't quite match some of its rivals in terms of style, but refinement is good. The dashboard layout is almost identical to the Polo, with a large infotainment display, an attractive steering wheel and a simple, logical control layout. As with the outside, there is a range of trim packages to help jazz things up, with coloured and textured dashboard panels. 

There are numerous trim levels to choose from, including the S, SE, Active, Black Edition, SEL and R-Line. The entry-level S comes with an eight-inch infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, manual air conditioning, Volkswagen Connect and 16-inch alloys.  Step up to SE, and you'll get front fog lights, black roof rails, a front centre armrest, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a variable boot floor, and 17-inch alloys. 

The mid-spec Active offers navigation, heated front seats, all-round parking sensors and a styling pack. A Black Edition model is also available with similar equipment to the Active but with a moody blacked-out design.

The SEL trim level adds LED headlights, silver roof rails, two-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, plus an uprated infotainment system and 17-inch alloys. Top-spec R-line adds 18-inch alloys, a host of interior and exterior styling upgrades and a standard 10.3-inch Active Info Display digital instrument system.

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, the T-Cross comes with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 94bhp or 109bhp and a 1.5-litre petrol unit with 148bhp. The 94bhp petrol comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 109bhp petrol version has a six-speed manual. The 148bhp petrol comes exclusively with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. 

Volkswagen T-Cross interior

Most drivers will be happy with the entry-level 1.0 TSI petrol engine for nippy around town or the more powerful 109bhp unit if driving long distances or on the motorway. 

In terms of ride, the T-Cross isn't quite as comfy as the Skoda Kamiq but still rides well. Compared to other small SUVs, it's much less fidgety than the Kia Stonic, and more controlled than the Citroën C3 Aircross, and is generally smooth and well-mannered at cruising speeds.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Volkswagen T-Cross start from £22,270.00 OTR* or to lease from £222.66 per month.

Want to get behind the wheel of the new Volkswagen T-Cross? Lease with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts and take advantage of inclusive road tax, breakdown cover and mainland GB delivery direct to your door. Leasing offers many benefits over buying, including fixed monthly rentals, an low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract length terms, meaning you can change your vehicle every two to three years to take advantage of safety and technology improvements.

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer. 

Customer Reviews

Volkswagen T-Cross
Average Rating Based on 49 reviews
4.2 out of 5

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4.6 out of 5
Stewart Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 Black Edition *Incl. Metallic Paint*

I am quite happy with the vehicle, lack of satnav, cd player minor annoyances

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5.0 out of 5
Philip Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 Black Edition *Incl. Metallic Paint*

The leg room, both back and front is exceptional and the mpg is very good. It has just had it's first service and needed no extra costs so I was delighted.

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4.3 out of 5
Rhiannon Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI SE MY23

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4.9 out of 5
Kayleigh Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI SE MY23

There isn't anything to not love about the vehicle!

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3.9 out of 5
Steve Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI SE MY23

Decent, small SUV. A bit gutless with a full load but comfortable to drive and good value for the money

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4.4 out of 5
Ernest Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 SEL DSG

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3.6 out of 5
Gary Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 SEL MY22

Need a bigger car

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3.9 out of 5
Kelly Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 SEL MY22

Handbrake issue. The car was given to me with no warning that the handbrake was very tight and I had to take extra care. Turns out too tight for me to able to use it effectively resulting in it rolling in to a colleagues car. On taking it in to VW Stockport, I was told it is known to be like this on this vehicle. They adjusted the handbrake and I have had no problems with it since. When the car was delivered it seemed more important to tell me how to connect my phone and how to use the sat nav rather than advise on known safety issues. Makes me consider whether I would lease/buy from VW again.

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4.4 out of 5
Jayne Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Active

boot space a bit smaller than anticipated, but overall a great car- pleased with it..... loving the heated seats!

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4.3 out of 5
Roger Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 Black Edition DSG Model Year 22

Fuel economy is not as good as expected,. Infotainment system is tempromental.

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5.0 out of 5
Matthew Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 Active DSG

It's practical and is perfect for our needs

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2.3 out of 5
Rhiannon Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 Active DSG

The model is practical and good however I have had several mechanical issues with this car so wouldn’t lease another and I hope to hand this car back ASAP.

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3.4 out of 5
Harry Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI S

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4.3 out of 5
Linda Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 Active

Nice car suits my needs bit small inside not a lot of leg room , only done 6 k miles so far , insurance cost is reasonable can’t comment on service costs , haven’t incurred any yet, and yes would be happy to lease it again if it was in my price bracket

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4.9 out of 5
Bethany Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Active

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