Based on the same MQB A0 platform as the Polo, the T-Cross is 4107mm long and 1461mm high – that’s 54mm longer and 91mm taller than its hatch sibling. Boot space varies between 385 and 455 litres with all seats in place, thanks to rear seats that slide 14cm – that expands to 1281 litres with the second row folded.
Styling wise, the T-Cross has ben designed to look hip and funky. Up front there’s a shrunken version of the T-Roc’s grille, as well as optional LED headlights and square daytime-running lights.
The side profile resembles a taller Polo, while at the rear there are connected LED tail-lights and ‘T-CROSS’ badging across the centre of the tailgate.
Three engines power the new T-Cross. The opening motor is a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder ‘TSI’ petrol engine, available in 70kW and 85kW tunes – they’re connected to five or six-speed manuals respectively, or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic.
A 110kW 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol paired to a six-speed manual/seven-speed DSG will be available down the track, while a sole diesel in the form of a 70kW 1.6-litre turbo-four is available from launch. All models are front-wheel-drive – all-wheel-drive is not available at all.
Inside, the T-Cross differentiates itself from other Volkswagen models through a new steering wheel, different lower dash design and an array of personalisation options. There is also the usual integrated touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation, and a 10.25-inch fully-digital Active Info Display instrument cluster.
Safety technologies available within the T-Cross range includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, hill start assist, blind-sport monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention monitoring and an auto parking assistant.
The Volkswagen T-Cross goes on sale in Europe in 2019, with EU-spec vehicles coming from the Seat factory in Navarra, Spain. Australian models will come from the same plant when it lands locally in late-2019 or early-2020.