2020 Volkswagen T-Cross Review – Small but Versatile
2020 Volkswagen T-Cross | Small but versatile, the new SUV of Volkswagen attacks the queens of the segment, the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur with the arguments of youth.
We stop more at Volkswagen. After a certain ignition delay, the German manufacturer multiplies the SUV. Even if it’s going to be a whirlwind, its catalog will soon have a dozen, including versions for the North American and Chinese markets and electric models. In Europe, the range of its recreational vehicles will include five vehicles in the coming weeks. Its offer, now the largest of the generic manufacturers, will cover a broad spectrum. From 4.11 m to 4.87 m. The last to arrive is the smallest of the siblings. It targets the archi segment disputed urban SUVs in full boiling. The 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross will have much to do because it arrives in a context of the renewal of Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, the two stars of the market, but also explosion models.
Although fairly conventional and cubic inspiration, the 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross design shows that the lines move within the VW style. The MQB A0 platform inherited from the Polo allows balanced volumes, with wheels at the four corners. The range of body colors including a turquoise blue and two shades of orange (blood orange and apricot) will brighten the landscape. The family spirit is preserved and, from the front, this little SUV would almost pass for a Tiguan. The horizontal strip linking the two rear optics is the main originality of a vehicle equipped, at the entry level, with a large black plastic strip at the sill. A uniform body suits him better. With a length of 4.10 m, the T-Cross is positioned as one of the most compact vehicles in its class, with the Captur and the Seat Arona. If it is twelve centimeters shorter than the T-Roc, the T-Cross makes almost six centimeters to the two models of PSA, the Citroën C3 Aircross and the Peugeot 2008.
2020 Volkswagen T-Cross Dimensions
Being one of the smallest of the band does not prevent it from proposing one of the best relationship congestion/habitability. An asset he owes to his platform. The T-Cross sits the occupants of the front seats 10 cm higher than in a Polo without it seems to dominate outrageously the flow of traffic. The amplitude of adjustments to the front seats is satisfactory but the driving position must accommodate a horizontal steering wheel. As is often the case, the rear central square is really trouble-free but, after the small doors, two adults will be able to travel in the back without feeling confined. The stepped floor does not prevent to have an honorable roof guard. With a few details, the dashboard is reminiscent of the Polo. Compared to the city, he adds a tray at the top. Uninspired decors replace the Polo’s colored headbands. Dials are always analog. A digital instrument block of 10.25 inches is well proposed but only with the high-end version Carat or optional. The latest addition to the market, the 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross is logically equipped with the most modern equipment, especially in terms of driving assistance.
As standard, the T-Cross includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection coupled with automatic braking, Lane Keeping Assist with Lane Correction. Like the C3 Aircross, it has a sliding rear seat on 14 cm. It is unfortunate that it moves in one block and that it is not possible to modulate only a part of the rear space. From level 2, the front passenger seat folds into a wallet to house a surfboard for example. Under the seat, a storage drawer can also take place. Another plus: the volume of the trunk makes its rivals jealous. With a load capacity ranging from 385 lites (455 l with the bench seat) to 1,281 l, rear seat folded. By installing the floor at the lowest, one obtains almost a flat surface. The picture is not so idyllic. A disappointment points out: if the hard plastics that flood the cabin meet the standards of the segment, they are moving away from the VW universe. The heterogeneous coatings of the door panels underline a flagrant need for economy.
2020 Volkswagen T-Cross Performance
This first contact with Volkswagen’s smallest SUV allowed us to tour the two engines available from the launch in mid-April, the 3-cylinder 1 liter gasoline (95 and 115 hp). These blocks like the diesel 4-cylinder (95 hp) suffer from very long transmissions in order to obtain the best possible results when approving consumption. If the T-Cross is not as dashing as the Polo, it’s also because it drags an overweight of a hundred pounds. Of the two 3-cylinder 1 liter gasoline, the most pleasant is not the one we believe. The 95 hp version is enough to properly animate the 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross. This is the one we recommend even if the locks on the 5-speed manual transmission could have been better secured with the clutch pedal positioned lower and the throttle running longer. The 7-speed DSG automatic transmission is to be avoided, except for the urban ones. With this transmission, the 115 hp version lacks brilliance. The climbs go on forever before the passage of the higher gear. The sport mode offers more dynamism. Even with the 95 hp diesel driving from which we traveled a few kilometers, we must anticipate before considering a safe overtaking and do not hesitate to go down several reports. The 150 hp petrol version planned for later this year should allow the T-Cross to become more comfortable on the road. If the available engine performance disappoints, this small SUV shines with quality road services and perfectly in line with the expectations of customers.
- Technical sheet
- Engines: 3 cyl. Ess. turbo 999 cm3
- Power: 95 and 115 hp at 5,500 rpm
- Torque: 175 and 200 Nm from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm
- Transmission: traction, 5 or 6 speed manual gearbox
- Dimensions (L × W × H): 4,108 x 1,782 x 1,559 mm
- Safe: 385/455/1 281 liters
- Weight: 1,170 and 1,175 kg
- 0-100 km / h: 11.5 and 10.2 seconds
- Speed: 180 and 193 km / h
- Consumption: mixed EU: 4.9 l / 100 km
- Emissions (CO2): 108 and 105 g / km
- Price: starting from $22,278