CASPER GORNIOK

What Car? - - Advice -

Age 48 Job Mar­ket­ing and strat­egy con­sul­tant Drives Nis­san Note, Seat Leon

“I’m look­ing to re­place my Note with a prac­ti­cal ‘car on stilts’.

“The T-cross’s SUV seat­ing po­si­tion is pos­i­tive, be­cause it gives you a bet­ter view out.

“There’s re­ally good space in both the front and back, and the boot is very ver­sa­tile; the rear seats slide and lie nearly flat when folded down. Mind you, I’d have liked for them to split 40/20/40, rather than 60/40.

“The build stan­dard is spot on, as is ma­te­rial qual­ity; it seems Volk­swa­gen has learnt from the mis­take it made with T-roc.

“There’s a great re­la­tion­ship be­tween the driver and con­trols, and I’m in­cred­i­bly pleased to see a proper, man­ual hand­brake.

“The dash­board styling is ace, and you can per­son­alise it; I love the stripes op­tion, which is stylish with­out be­ing gar­ish.

“Per­for­mance and han­dling should be good, but re­fine­ment is key, be­cause most small SUVS are sim­ply too noisy at 70mph.

“My one crit­i­cism is over-theshoul­der vis­i­bil­ity, due to the thick­ness of the rear pil­lars.

“I was go­ing to buy a Seat Arona, but not now; the T-cross just feels a lot more ‘solid’, in that in­de­scrib­able, emo­tional sense.”

‘The build stan­dard in­side is spot on, as is the ma­te­rial qual­ity’

There’s lots of room in the rear for a car of this size, while the boot proves ver­sa­tile

Read­ers were all taken with the car’s rear re ec­tor strip Would you like to be part of a fu­ture Reader Test Team, or do you have a ques­tion about an up­com­ing car?

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