New Volkswagen T-Cross facelift review: VW’s baby SUV gets a midlife refresh

Volkswagen's latest updates have given the T-Cross some much-needed interior upgrades, but not much else

  • 3.5 out of 5

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    Mechanically, the new T-Cross is the same as the old one, and our car was equipped with the most powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. Power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels, with an 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds. It’s an engine with plenty of poke for a car of this size and feels responsive enough, though we suspect most will stick with the more affordable turbocharged 1.0-litre. The brakes in our car felt robust, inspiring plenty of confidence for hard stops.

    The automatic transmission remains a sticking point for us, however. It’s jerky at low speeds and slow to kick down during hard acceleration. Fuel efficiency is still pretty good however, despite it being the more powerful offering, VW claims a combined 47.8mpg. 

    As before, the T-Cross rides pretty well. Our car’s larger 18-inch wheels caused it to fidget slightly over low-speed bumps and potholes, but for the most part the T-Cross is one of the more comfortable small SUVs on sale.

    Model: Volkswagen T-Cross R-Line
    Price: £31k (est)
    Engine: 1.5-litre 3cyl turbo petrol
    Transmission: Seven-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
    Power/torque: 148bhp/270Nm
    0-62mph: 8.4 seconds
    Top speed: 124mph
    Economy: 47.8mpg
    On sale: Early 2024

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