Volkswagen T-Cross: a tiny SUV with big ambitions

Withhonestly say you were expecting this car? Realize that in the model range of Volkswagen, somewhere under Thanom and slightly higher than the European Polo hatchback, gaping hole? That’s it! Meanwhile, the engineers in Wolfsburg to stay up all night. Last year in the Old world, released a compact crossover T-Roc, and today I meet with the model T-Cross, which the Germans are threatening to make the global. At the appointed minute the car pulled the covers from three events in Amsterdam, Shanghai and são Paulo. And there are chances that the T-Cross will bring to Ukraine.
In Europe T-Cross is offered in four versions: Basic, Life, Style and R-Line. The latter is distinguished by the “sport” bumpers and 17-inch wheels. Lights top versions are led.

For the exterior were answered by the same Klaus Bischoff, who gave us a fantastic and monumental Arteon Touareg third generation. However, T-Cross turned out a little creepy: toy hot ass and heavy gaze of a tired dog. I’m not trying to say that the caricature of the exterior of the citroën C3 Aircross stiff or impersonal Crete are perceived to be better, but these crossovers at least there is no conflict of identity. By the way, as they have to compete Ti-Cross. And volkswagenaudi often remember the Captur.

The collision protection system Front Assist with function of recognition of pedestrians and emergency automatic braking is included in the basic equipment. The lane departure warning and help system at startup on the rise, too.

T-Cross, sharing a modular platform MQB-A0 with the Polo hatchback is the smallest in the segment. With a length of 4107 mm 150-200 mm it is shorter than most of its competitors. But thanks to a decent wheelbase (2563 mm) and correct the layout of the cabin, behind no less than Capture and Crete, and certainly more than in Ekosport. And the back seat of the VW moves forward and backward in the range of 14 see This way you can vary the boot volume from 385 to 455 liters. If the Germans are not cunning, this is a record!

Tiny crossover VW T-Cross out of people

Impression of interesting design and perfect ergonomics spoiled by poor quality materials as the Polo sedan and the liftback Rapid. With the equipment order: in the rich versions are even dual-zone climate control and wireless charging for smartphones.

Landing behind the wheel is good – the seat is contoured for volkswagenaudi perfectly, and “lifter” allows you to get low enough to not feel like a rider of the ladder. Steering wheel adjustable in two planes. Equipment on top. In the database – four power window and multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen. The surcharge – eight-inch touchscreen, electronic, tidy, dual-zone climate control, adaptive “cruise” and even a 300-watt audio system Beats. And yet – plenty of opportunities for personalization. And this is the main trump card of T-Cross.

The lack of a backlight mirrors in the sun visors can be forgiven a lot of cars, but not VW. And T-Cross devoid of ceiling handlesRear seat can be moved forward and backward by 14 inches; boot volume “under the curtain” – from 385 to 455 litres with folded rear seat – 1281 liter. You can fold the backrest of the front right seat and carry a two-meter items

No, but really, why none of the competitors have not done it before? Marketers Renault and Ford have enough imagination to offer the EcoSport and Captur (in Europe) in two-tone color, but the fuse ended and the dark interior is ready to drive us into a depression. Saratovskie guru outrageous “served” C3 Aircross in eight colors and the five variations of execution of the interior. But buyers of the T-Cross is available 12 colours, six trim options seats, six kinds of decorative inserts in the panel, and eight types of rims! Remember the Mini Cooper and never get to Ukraine Opel Adam.

However, interrupt laudatory hymns. If only because interesting and ergonomic interior is a little frustrating. Even if you constantly remind yourself that T-Cross is a low budget B – class crossover, grievances abound there. Not a single gram soft plastics; glove box with a hard gut easier than the Polo sedan. And volkswagenaudi (apparently, looking at the EcoSport) stripped T-Cross ceiling handles and backlight mirrors in the sun visors. And it was the attention to detail, for centuries, have made Volkswagen a Volkswagen.

The presentation was static, but that T-Cross is going great, I have no doubt. Chassis tuning is almost the same as the European Polo, so now and ever, indeed the T-Cross can be considered the most car-like crossover in the class. In his motor range is the engine in accordance with this chassis – unlike most of its competitors. A-liter petrol “four” with a capacity of 150 forces in conjunction with seven-speed DSG accelerates to hundred in 7.8 seconds. Three-cylinder 115-horsepower engine (plus DSG7 or six-speed mechanics) can do it in 9.9 seconds.

Two primary engine less interesting. The first 95-strong petrol “Troika” (11.8 seconds to 100 km/h), matched exclusively with a five-speed mechanics. Diesel of the same power (for 12 seconds to 100 km/h) friends with a robot DSG.

And only now, when we came to the logical conclusion, I have to tell them something. The fact that all-wheel drive and never will be – it does not imply platform. Although T-Cross with 184 millimeters under the plastic underbody protection and a good geometric cross can be called a crossover, “all-wheel drive” audience, he loses on the shore.

However, provided adequate price (in Europe – from 17 900 euros) he will drink a lot of blood in front wheel drive competitors.

BEHIND THE WHEEL OF NO. 12, 2018

Volkswagen T-Roc. Prominent small

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