The New Volkswagen T-Cross: Worth the Wait?

The baby SUV segment is booming at the moment, with the Volkswagen T-Cross being one of the newest, and most anticipated, additions of 2019. Volkswagen built up a big hype around the T-Cross’ release and set expectations pretty high for motorists. So, was it worth the wait?

The Volkswagen T-Cross is based on the very popular VW Polo, which should tempt motorists to trade up to this newcomer. The T-Cross might be a little smaller than expected when first seen, but it is undeniably good looking.

Where does the T-Cross fit in?

The T-Cross enters the very competitive compact SUV segment, with rivals like the Ford EcoSport, Toyota CH-R, Mazda CX-3 – to name a few. It is expected that the T-Cross will raise the bar for this segment in terms of quality, safety and price.

The T-Cross is aimed at young motorists who are tech and design-savvy. Being a crossover vehicle, the T-Cross is pretty versatile and is great to drive in urban areas, but can also be taken on the open road for a weekend away.

What are the options?

There are only two T-Cross variants currently available in South Africa – the Comfortline and the Highline, both with an 85kW-engine and 7-speed automatic transmission.

1.0 TSI 85kW Comfortline DSG      R334 600

1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG            R365 000

Volkswagen will introduce another two variants to the T-Cross family in 2020, one being a base model that will retail under 300k.

Trim options

The Comfortline comes standard with 16-inch Belmont alloy wheels, black roof rails, a multi-function steering wheel, Park Distance Control (front & rear) and cruise control. You can add options like the R-Line exterior with 17-inch alloy wheels, a Beats sound system, Park Assist with a rearview camera and Adaptive Cruise Control (with Blind Spot Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Folding Mirrors etc.)

The Highline has 18-inch Cologne alloy wheels, sport seats, inductive wireless charging and VW’s Composition media with App-Connect (includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). Extra options for the Highline include an R-Line exterior with 18-inch alloy wheels, the Design Package in Energetic Orange, Adaptive Cruise Control and a range of different interior options.

The verdict

In short, yes, I’d say the Volkswagen T-Cross was worth the wait! It comes with great standard features, has a very comfortable ride and the price is not bad at all. The T-Cross had a great first month on the market in SA and was the second most sold VW model in September.

Well done, Volkswagen!

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Martin Gouws
Martin Gouws

Car Editor

Martin is a TV production person and has been working in the Afrikaans TV industry for 5 years on a number of different productions. He also has a love for cars and has recently started doing his own video car reviews under the name HeyGouwsie! He has a natural creative streak and an eye for details which makes for a great combination.

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