Reader Test Team Volk­swa­gen T-cross viewed in Wolfs­burg

New £17k Polo-sized SUV com­petes with the likes of the Re­nault Cap­tur

What Car? - - Contents - Kris Cul­mer Kris.cul­[email protected]­mar­

VOLK­SWA­GEN EX­PECTS WORLD­WIDE sales of SUVS to in­crease by around 65% over the next decade – and they’re far from un­pop­u­lar as it is.

So, it has de­vel­oped its fifth and small­est high-rider, the T-cross. Shar­ing its chas­sis with the Polo hatch­back, it’s 127mm shorter than the T-roc. How­ever, it of­fers good space for a car of its type and a 6.5in or 8.0in touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, while pre­sent­ing plenty of pos­si­bil­i­ties for per­son­al­i­sa­tion. En­gines are two three-cylin­der 1.0-litre turbo petrols, a 1.5-litre turbo petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel.

Will it be an­other sales hit? We took read­ers to Volk­swa­gen’s fac­tory in Ger­many to find out.

R-line is prici­est of the four specs; boot vol­ume is a de­cent 385 litres; pic­tured model has the sporty R-line bodykit

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