What’s the T-Cross like inside the cabin?

There’s plenty of scope for adjustment in the driver’s seat, which is comfortable and of a good size even for the bigger-of-build, and there’s plenty of space of heads, limbs and feet. A sliding second-row bench is fitted as standard, which means you can trade off a bit of space in the good-size boot for extra leg room or vice versa. You’re unlikely to need to except in occasional circumstances, though, because there’s enough space in the back for average-sized adults or teenagers to ride comfortably, and that variable boot floor makes for every bit as much cargo space as you’d expect in a small car.

SE spec cars do without VW’s Active Info Display digital instrument cluster, although it can be added as an optional extra. It comes as standard on R-Line cars, and helps elevate the cabin’s already modern feel.

Volkswagen’s standard interior treatment is still a bit monotonous, but there’s scope to add a bit of colour and life with one of the optional Design packs – particularly if you happen to like orange things. Perceived quality, meanwhile, is good, rather than great. If you’re giving up a lower-end Golf for this car, there’s just a chance you might notice the shortfall, although it’s unlikely that you’d be offended by it.

How does the T-Cross perform on the road?

The 1.0-litre engine is just vocal enough when it’s working hard that you won’t confuse it for a four-pot, but it seems generally smooth and well-mannered at cruising revs. It feels a little bit laggy when picking up from below 2000rpm (a problem exacerbated by the longer intermediate gears of the five-speed gearbox) but responds well from there on upwards and gives the car a performance level somewhere between adequate and ample. Driveability is generally good, and the engine will spin up to 6000rpm for overtaking quite freely and without protesting too hard.

The T-Cross is more boxy and upright than some cars in this class, and because it’s also a touch softer-sprung than some, there’s just a hint of floatiness about its body control when dealing with bigger lumps and bumps around the national speed limit. That’s a price most owners will very happily pay, however, in return for a quiet and absorbent low speed ride and good absorbency at trunk road pace, and it doesn’t adversely affect handling precision or high-speed stability.

The T-Cross corners with a touch of roll but still good chassis response. It has a very secure and dependable mid-corner feel, and it doesn’t get knocked off path easily by bumps or crosswinds at motorway speeds.

Is the T-Cross the compact crossover to go for?

If you’ve decided on the compact crossover segment already and like a car of substance as well as style, you should absolutely consider the T-Cross.



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