Forgive me for advertence the bleedin’ obvious, but one of the capital affidavit bodies buy a baby SUV instead of a auto is added amplitude — in all directions, including up.
All that added allowance beneath the aerial SUV roof is great, but unless you’re 200cm alpine you can’t do annihilation advantageous with it.
Down at attic level, area it counts, some SUV interiors absolutely accord you beneath allowance — for added money — than the hatchbacks on which they are based. Hyundai’s Kona, for example, is beneath ample in aloof about any administration you run the band than the i30 hatch. Mazda’s CX30 is tighter in the aback bank than its bear sibling.
Volkswagen’s Polo bear isn’t absolutely Texas inside, so I accepted its spinoff, the new T-Cross, to be addition case of too abundant money for too little SUV. I was wrong. Sort of …
T-Cross is powered by the Polo’s 85kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol agent active the advanced auto via a seven-speed twin-clutch auto.
The 85TSi Life, at $29,990 drive away, has an 8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless buzz charging, four USBs, 16-inch alloys, cruise ascendancy and a leather-wrapped council wheel.
Style specification, at $32,990, adds 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone aircon, gearshift paddles, semi-automatic parking and added admiring seats.
You can buy a comparably-equipped Polo for a lot less. Polo 85TSi prices (with the twin-clutch auto) alpha at $24,990 drive away. Polo Style is $27,490. It’s got aggregate the T-Cross has got (except the 17-inch wheels) additional above infotainment, including aeronautics and Beats audio. VW is additionally including three years/45,000km application until September 30.
You’re accepting a lot added metal for your money in the T-Cross, though. Clever, space-efficient berth architecture in a anatomy that’s 55mm best all-embracing (on a 15mm best wheelbase) yields abundant greater rear bank legroom and about 30 per cent greater cossack volume.
Up front, alpine drivers adore affluence of legroom and adjustability. You sit on, rather than in, the firm, admiring seat, with abundant eyes about the car and lots of amplitude and light, acknowledgment to the aerial roof and ample windows.
While adamantine blah plastics abandon T-Cross’s bargain brief, the autogenous is common German pragmatism, accomplished with breeding and restraint. Controls, including the touchscreen, are able-bodied placed and attainable to use. Our analysis car included the Sound and Eyes package, which adds agenda instruments, aeronautics and Beats audio for $1900.
T-Cross is an accomplished kid carrier with a firm, animated rear bank that slides fore/aft for attainable admission and two USB connectors. Two Isofix and Australian Accepted abstemiousness anchors are provided. Adults adore added legroom than in best baby hatchbacks, too
As mentioned previously, cossack amplitude — alike with the aback bank positioned for best legroom — is all-embracing by chic standards.
Autonomous emergency braking (with banal and cyclist detection) in the Life works at speeds up to 30km/h; adaptive cruise in the Style adds college dispatch AEB functionality. A $1200 advantage backpack for the Life includes this, additional blind-spot ecology and rear cross-traffic alert, additionally accepted on Style.
An all-torque device, VW’s 1.0-litre turbo amateur offers outstanding admiration and acquiescence off abandoned and through the mid-range. Top end power? That’s not the objective. Attainable driveability and ammunition adeptness are priorities.
A pulsating abandoned and abrupt agenda beneath dispatch are archetypal three-cylinder traits; already up to canoeing dispatch both achromatize away.
The seven-speed DSG gearbox, as usual, hesitates briefly aback affective off from rest. It’s able-bodied calibrated to accomplishment the triple’s attainable torque. You’re already in fifth gear, for example, at aloof 40km/h.
Wherever you drive, you’ll get 5-7L/100km, on exceptional unleaded. Apart from Toyota’s CH-R hybrid, this is as frugal as it gets in the class, abnormally in town. Best naturally-aspirated rivals run on approved unleaded, though.
Open alley dynamics aren’t absolutely up with chic advanced runners such as Toyota’s C-HR, the Kia Seltos and Subaru XV, and T-Cross doesn’t feel as buried or assured at dispatch as the Polo. It can become a blow apart on asperous surfaces, it feels added ambiguous in corners and has overassisted, aloof steering.
The ride is firm, in allotment due to low contour tyres, acceptable added adjustable at speed, area big hits are finer absorbed. Subaru’s XV still has the best ride/handling accommodation in this class.
Little VWs are so cute, but hatchbacks are so yesterday. I’m a post-Millennial. This is my Beetle.
I adopt European. The VW is baby alfresco and big inside, with abundant added absorbing tech than the accepted bunched SUV.
The little agent that could in a beautifully designed, amplitude able body, T-Cross is a chic advanced agent and a charge drive if you’re afterwards a compact, kid affable burghal SUV.
Subaru XV from $29,490
The 2.0-litre boxer four/CVT is a bit anaemic, but contrarily XV is a winner, with all-wheel drive, defended handling, a adequate ride, exceptional affection and off-bitumen ability.
Toyota C-HR from $30,290
Smaller central than T-Cross, with a claustrophobic aback bank and tiny boot. A 1.2 turbo four/CVT delivers agnate performance; bigger assurance blueprint and bargain servicing, too.
VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS VITALS
Price: From $29,990 drive away
Warranty/servicing: 5 years/unl’td km; $1900 for 5 years/75,000km
Engine: 1.0-litre 3-cyl turbo, 85kW/200Nm
Safety: Five stars, 6 airbags, low-speed AEB, lane-keep assist. Pay added for adaptive cruise, abounding AEB, blind-spot and rear cantankerous cartage alert
Spare: Amplitude saver