New Polo-based city SUV hits the market, offering a Euro rival to the Mazda CX-3 below $30,000
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Volkswagen’s cheapest and smallest SUV, the T-Cross, has been confirmed for an April launch priced from $27,990 before on-road costs.

The 4.1m long Polo-based crossover is pitched as a European-badged competitor to the likes of Mazda’s CX-3 sTouring and Hyundai’s Kona Elite.

It also rounds out VW’s formerly under-indexed SUV range, which now comprises the T-Cross, just-launched T-Roc, Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace, and Touareg. For the brand, this is T-Riffic news.

Two T-Cross derivatives will be offered from launch. The 85TSI Life is the $27,990 model mentioned above, while the 85TSI Style version commands a $3000 premium.

Both use the Polo’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine making 85kW and 200Nm, mated to a seven-speed DSG auto and front-wheel drive.

A flagship 110TSI Style derivative, with a 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre engine, arrives in June.

“The T-Cross takes Volkswagen into new territory,” claims VW Australia’s director of customer experience and marketing, Jason Bradshaw.

"Previously Japanese and Korean brands have had this segment to themselves… Now, for the first time, there is an affordable German compact SUV, one that as the Tiguan and Touareg do in their respective segments, transcends the gulf between the mass market brands and those perceived as prestige."

We shall see if the market agrees.


T-Cross 85TSI Life features

  • 16-inch alloys
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Four USB ports
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Reversing camera
  • City AEB, pedestrian and cyclist monitoring
  • Lane-departure assist
  • Driver Fatigue Detection
  • Parking sensors
  • Leather multi-function wheel
  • Static cornering lights
  • Auto dimming rear-view mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Low pressure tyre indicator
  • Black roof rails

T-Cross 85TSI Style extras

  • 17-inch alloys
  • LED headlights
  • Automatic high beam function
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Proximity key fob
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Park Assist
  • ‘Comfort sport’ front seats
  • Carpet mats
  • Chrome roof rails and exterior headlights

T -Cross 110TSI Style extras

  • 1.5-litre engine 110kW/250Nm
  • 18-inch alloys
  • Dark tinted rear and rear-side windows
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Black-grey design cloth and dashboard décor

Options

Driver Assistance package (85TSI Life only) - $1200
(Adaptive cruise control, blind-sport monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, Park Assist, Proactive occupant protection system, power folding door mirrors)

Sound and Vision package - $1900
(Digital cockpit, Discover Media satellite navigation, beats 300W premium audio system)

R-Line package - $2500 (85TSI Style) or $1900 (110TSI Style)
(18-inch Nevada alloys, R-line badging and dark body accents, dark tinted rear and rear side window, aluminium pedals, R-line scuff plates, leather multi-function sports steering wheel, carbon flag cloth upholstery)