November 24, 2020
Are you looking to purchase the new Volkswagen T-Cross that’s for sale in 2020? The Volkswagen T-Cross is the German brand’s launch into the compact SUV market, and landed on our shores in 2019. Seeing that the brand is well known for its success, it has already paved the way for this car. The excellent sales of the Polo and Polo Vivo reflect this sentiment. The T-Cross has already enjoyed the same trend in this country, when 810 units were sold in its first month, climbing to 1132 units in October 2019. This is nothing short of a spectacular entry into the South African market. Discover more about this exceptional SUV as we review it more closely.
The fabulous paintwork called “Makena Turquoise Metallic” has already become a distinguishing feature of the T-Cross, with 8 other body colours also available. Another striking body colour is called “Energetic Orange”, which truly lives up to its name. Everything in the T-Cross, from the steering wheel to the seat covers and the 18-inch ‘Cologne’ wheels, are covered in orange.
The R-Line exterior amplifies the look of the car while the tough 18-inch Nevada wheels give it a rugged image. This makes it look like an SUV and not a hatchback. The design of Its horizontal brake light was borrowed from the Audi Q8, and provides that space-age look from the rear.
The T-Cross is 4.2 metres long, which is 182 mm longer than the hatchback. What is striking is the elevated ground clearance of 597 mm. This allows the driver and passengers, sitting in the comfort of their leather seats, to view the surrounds from high up.
The 1-litre TSI Highline has R-line features. Its turbocharged, 999 cc petrol engine delivers 85 kW power and 200 Nm torque via an effortless 7-speed, DSG transmission. The two other variants, 1.0 TSI 70 kW (selling under R300 000) and the top-of-the-range 1.5 TSI 110 kW R-line, are due to land in South Africa sometime in 2020.
The T-Cross seems to run on ‘fumes’ from its 40-litre tank, having a fuel consumption of 4.9 litres/100 km, and equalling that of the Datsun Go and Renault Kwid.
The T-Cross is a great pleasure to drive, while the DSG transmission changes gears quickly and effortlessly. The rear camera and park assist are invaluable, whilst the motion detectors efficiently guide you while parking. The balanced design of this perky car is such that you don’t even notice the small engine size.
The interior is characterised by much eye-boggling technology, especially the high-resolution 12.3-inch TFT colour display and optional Active Info Display. It supplies everything you need to know, from driving data, speed and driving range. Use the multifunction steering wheel to show you where you would like to travel. The pattern on the dashboard console is something different from the usual single-tone colour. The spacious 377-litre boot can be extended to 1281 litres by partially or fully folding the back of the rear seat down. The engine start/stop button is hidden to the left of the gear stick. The car tends to switch off its engine too quickly, even while it is still in motion. In addition, a slight lag can be felt upon taking off after the car has been switched on again.
The price starts with the Comfortline at R334 900. The car comes with standard features such as Park Distance Control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and 16-inch Belmont wheels.
The T-Cross has raised the bar above the Polo – you’ll discover this when you go for your first test drive.
If the car is financed through a bank, don’t forget to get comprehensive car insurance before you collect the SUV. Why not contact PMD and discover more about their affordable, comprehensive car insurance with unique benefits such as premiums that don’t increase* and a reduce to zero excess*. T’s and C’s apply.
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