Volkswagen T-Cross review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Decent fuel economy and solid residual values point to the T-Cross being reasonable to run
Running costs are a major consideration for the majority of small SUV buyers, so it’s good news that both the current petrol and older diesel engines on offer provide good returns from a tank of fuel. The entry-level 94bhp version manages a claimed maximum of 49.3mpg, with CO2 emissions from 130g/km. The 109bhp model with a six-speed manual gearbox is only slightly less efficient at 49.1mpg with the same 130g/km of CO2, although if you opt for the DSG auto you'll see economy drop to 45.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 141g/km.
The formerly available 1.6-litre diesel model offers a maximum 54.3mpg with the five-speed manual transmission, although the figure drops to 52.3mpg when the powerplant is mated to the seven-speed auto 'box. The oil-burner emits between 136g/km and 146g/km, depending on trim level.
If you feel the need for more power and choose the 148bhp petrol model, you'll see economy of 48.9mpg with 137g/km of CO2.
The Volkswagen T-Cross will be relatively cheap to insure, much like the majority of its rivals. SE models with the lower-powered engine sit in group 8, while an SE model with the 113bhp engine sits in group 10. An R-Line model with the most powerful engine and automatic gearbox tops out at group 13. Equivalent versions of the SEAT Arona and Citroen C3 Aircross sit in similar insurance groups.
Our experts predict that the T-Cross will hold to around 46 to 53% of its value after 36,000 miles or three years, with the entry-level S model expected to retain the most.
These figures are above average for the class – most likely thanks to the cachet of the VW badge. By contrast, the Citroen C3 Aircross is expected to retain around 41 to 44% of its value; the Mazda CX-3 fares better with residuals of 45 to 51% predicted.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen T-Cross reviewThe Volkswagen T-Cross is a competent small SUV, but it’s relatively expensive and lacks pizzazz
- 2Engines, performance and driveSimple engine lineup works well; driving experience safe and easy rather than thrilling
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingDecent fuel economy and solid residual values point to the T-Cross being reasonable to run
- 4Interior, design and technologySome rivals are more funky to look at, but the T-Cross cabin is smart and the in-car tech is class-leading
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceCubby-filled, spacious cabin made even more versatile thanks to a sliding rear bench seat
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe T-Cross features good levels of standard safety kit, while reliability should prove to be solid