The littlest ‘T’ joins the CarAdvice long run fleet – so what’s in retailer for the 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross Life whereas it’s in our care?

If can be fairly honest to say that we have a tendency to speak loads about options and know-how in vehicles, and usually method the inclusion of which with a ‘extra is best’ sort of appraisal.

From leisure to comfort by to arguably extra critical security and driver help system, it will possibly typically take a number of hundred phrases of a overview (250 on this one, simply in case you are counting) simply to reel off the goodies and devices which might be included as a part of the machine that’s nonetheless essentially there for use as a mode of transportation.

However what if we dial it down a bit, and err on the facet of simplicity? Can a automotive with a restricted function set nonetheless work as an interesting possibility for patrons?

Clearly, it will possibly.

It wasn’t that way back that the majority vehicles didn’t even have energy home windows or central locking, not to mention interactive digital assistants, however given the magnitude of know-how on provide right now, simply how a lot of it will possibly you do with out?

The most recent addition to our long-term check fleet is the 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life. At $27,990 earlier than choices and on-road prices, or $29,990 drive-away, the Life is probably the most inexpensive T-Cross variant and marks the entry-point to the whole Volkswagen SUV vary.

It’s the latest within the VW line up too.

2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life
Engine configuration 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol
Displacement 1.Zero litres (999cc)
Energy 85kW at 5500rpm
Torque 200Nm at 2000-3500rpm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automated
Drive sort Entrance-wheel-drive
Tare weight 1240kg
Gasoline declare, mixed 5.4L/100km
Turning circle 10.6m
ANCAP security score 5 star (examined 2019)
Guarantee 5 years / limitless km
Most important rivals Volkswagen T-Roc, Skoda Kamiq, Kia Seltos, Ford Puma
MSRP $27,990 ($29,990 drive away)
Choices as examined

Volkswagen’s T-named showroom now extends by 4 fashions, the T-Cross ($27,990 -$30,990), T-Roc ($33,990 – $42,990 ), Tiguan ($34,990 – $54,690) and Touareg ($80,790 – $139,990), and like many different manufacturers the vary permits for some pricing overlap between fashions (effectively, aside from the Touareg…) to provide patrons a means of selecting the dimensions they want or the specification they need inside a sure price range window.

On this occasion although, our window is sort of small and we’ve opted for probably the most lowercase ‘t’ out there.

Our automotive, completed in Pure White (one among eight decisions), has no extra choices or equipment added, which means that it’s in truth the ‘from’ automotive that’s referenced in all T-Cross pricing dialogue.

Regardless of its fundamental positioning although, the Life really presents fairly effectively.

The 16-inch alloy wheels, built-in roof rails and plastic physique cladding go well with the contrasting no-cost white paint, and the compact Polo-based Vee-dub comes off as a chunky and well-proportioned city runner.

I’m a specific fan of the full-width reflector strip on the again, that makes the T-Cross appear to be a pint-sized Porsche Cayenne. Word too, that there’s some rivalry across the workplace about this, however I stand by my pondering and can endeavour to supply clear photographic proof of my case…

2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life
Size 4108mm
Width 1760mm
Peak 1583mm
Wheelbase 2563mm
Floor clearance 185mm
Weight (Tare) 1240kg
Wheels/tyres 205/60 R16 – Bridgestone

And whereas ‘from’ won’t internet you temperature-controlled cup holders or multi-function therapeutic massage seats (and who doesn’t love these), the little T in all fairness effectively outfitted for an SUV starter.

Lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, heated energy mirrors, and an 8-inch contact display with assist for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto get issues transferring fairly effectively.

Add LED working and tail-lights, entrance cornering lamps, parking sensors at each ends, a rear digital camera and wi-fi telephone charging into the combo, and also you begin to surprise what doesn’t come included ‘from’ $29,990.

I’m glad you requested.

Halogen headlights are commonplace, which not solely look a bit uninteresting but in addition really feel a bit 1990 for a 2020 automotive. It’s worthwhile to use the important thing to begin the automotive (I do know, proper!) and fabric seats and hard-wearing plastic trim parts are your solely option to assist the practical combine on the within.

That stated although, in true Volkswagen kind, the automotive feels well-built and is comfy and roomy sufficient, no matter its extra trustworthy materials choice.

You may add extra devices too.

A $1200 Driver Help package deal provides Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Visitors Alert, Adaptive Cruise Management, automated parking and powered-folding door mirrors. An additional $1900 Sound and Imaginative and prescient pack sees an improve to a 300W Beats Audio sound system, built-in satellite tv for pc navigation and the full-width digital instrument cluster.

You may enterprise up the vary to the T-Cross ‘Style’ model ($30,990 MSRP) and add dual-zone local weather management, LED headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and push-button begin to the record too.

On high of that, you’ll be able to even throw in an R-Line styling pack ($2500) which ups the wheels once more to 18-inch and adjustments the look of the T-Cross to incorporate a colour-coded entrance valance and rear bumper, in addition to a extra ‘sporty’ however nonetheless fabric inside trim.

Which means you’ll be able to spec your self a $38,200 (drive away in Victoria) model of the ‘TC’, that whereas little doubt resplendent in its metallic paint, is precisely the identical automotive beneath.

However must you?

2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life
Color Pure White
Worth (MSRP) $27,990
Choices as examined $0
Servicing 3yr $990 (pre-paid VW Care Plan)
Servicing 5yr $1800 (pre-paid VW Care Plan)
ANCAP security score 5-star (2019)
Guarantee 5 years / limitless km

All T-Cross fashions are powered by an 85kW, 200Nm 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, driving the entrance wheels solely, it doesn’t matter what diameter they’re.

It is ah, no powerhouse, with the highest finish of the powerband a near-endless 5500rpm away, and the DSG tends to decide on the best doable gear for the sake of gas consumption, thus limiting any in-gear response to the extra leisurely facet of motion. It’s miles extra at house within the Coles carpark than it could be in your favorite winding C-Highway, which is not actually a shock.

Which ends up in the crux of the theme of our low-fat long-termer.

As a compact city runabout, do we actually want any of the extras to not solely get the job achieved but in addition benefit from the T-Cross?

As this automotive will spend the overwhelming majority of its time with us working about Melbourne’s leafy inside east, procuring, school-dropping and in any other case 314x postcode hopping.

The 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life is a good measurement for parking, is nimble sufficient to swiftly conduct a u-turn whereas procuring, and with CarPlay and AEB, can cowl the two-most helpful advances in present know-how proper out of the field.

So, whereas in our care, we might be taking a look at what works and what we really feel is lacking with the know-how and gadgetry inclusions on the T-Cross.

As an urban-dweller, we’ll be taking a look at how helpful and versatile the 385-litre boot is, plus we might be paying shut consideration to the claimed 5.4L/100km mixed gas consumption.

Lastly, and possibly most crucially, we’ll look past all of this and see how the T-Cross measurement and format works because the ‘second’ household automotive, and assess in case you actually do want any extra automotive than this.

As with all our long-term stories, please don’t hesitate to ask us questions in regards to the automotive, notably in case you are available in the market for a little-T, or maybe are contemplating one among its bigger alliterative VW-badged brethren.

Personally too, I’ll proceed to search out the proper photograph of it parked subsequent to a Cayenne to show my level, as soon as and for all!

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