The T-Cross leaves a lasting impression at first sight. The striking front end highlights the vehicle’s family affiliation while the exterior also emphasises the individuality of the new SUV model. The T-Cross measures just under 4.11 metres in length, 54 millimetres more than the Polo. The difference in height is even more obvious: the T-Cross measures 1,558 millimetres compared to the Polo’s 1,446 millimetres. The wheelbase of 2,563 millimetres is very large compared to the external length – which increases the space for seats and provides a spacious, roomy feel. The elevated seat position is typical of an SUV. The driver and front passenger sit 597 millimetres above the road, while the rear passengers benefit from a vantage point of 652 millimetres. That is 10 centimetres higher than in the Polo – thus guaranteeing good visibility from all seats.
The T-Cross is undeniably and immediately recognisable as a completely new vehicle – perfectly tailored to a new, urban generation. Attractive highlights include the successful combination of a powerfully expressive front spoiler and a large, wide radiator grille, at the outer ends of which the headlamps are integrated. The light units are designed to be long and flat, and extend far into the flanks. This arrangement gives the new T-Cross an unmistakeable appearance from the front. The lower section of the front end is characterised by distinctive recessed fog lights and integrated daytime running lights. The positioning of the fog lights and daytime running lights emphasise the height of the vehicle front. If the optional LED headlights are installed, the daytime running lights share the same housing. The tail light clusters feature LED technology as standard.
On the sides of the T-Cross two horizontal, sharp character lines from front to rear underline the dynamic appearance of the compact SUV. They form a muscular shoulder at the rear and culminate in a new, equally memorable design element. A bold reflective band spans the rear. Framed by a black trim panel, it is a notable recognition feature in the same way as the distinctive front end. The light band emphasises the width of the vehicle and at the same time signals presence and vitality. The message is: the T-Cross sits robustly on its wheels and is ready for any adventure.
The large wheel arches also emphasise the striking appearance. The dynamically designed wheels also contribute to the distinctive and cool look of the new T-Cross. 16-inch wheels are fitted as standard. In addition, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels are available as options or for some equipment packages.
The outside of the T-Cross can also be customised in various ways. The owner can choose from twelve exterior finishes. A selection of coloured wheel rims enhances the combination options.
At 4.11 metres in length, the T-Cross is around twelve centimetres shorter than the T-Roc. Even so, the latest addition to the Volkswagen SUV range offers easy access for all passengers through four large doors – a major advantage of the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which allows the driven front axle to be positioned much closer to the vehicle front. This facilitates the vibrant and powerful SUV design that gives the T-Cross its unmistakable performance, while also creating a remarkably generous wheelbase. In addition to easier entry, vehicle occupants also benefit from a significant increase in interior space and legroom for both rows of seats. Up to five people can travel in comfort in the vehicle. Meanwhile the new compact SUV has between 385 and 455 litres of stowage space depending on the seat configuration. The T-Cross can also be transformed into the equivalent of a small van in a split second. If the rear bench seat is folded down and the T-Cross loaded up to the roof behind the seats, the volume increases to 1,281 litres – unsurpassed by any other SUV in this segment. The compact dimensions also identify the SUV as a wanderer between two worlds: It is extremely agile, light, and nimble, making it ideally suited to cities around the world.