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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 petrol and diesel engines on offer provide good returns from a tank of fuel. The entry-level 94bhp version manages a claimed maximum of 47.9mpg, with CO2 emissions from 134g/km. The 113bhp model with a six-speed manual gearbox is only slightly less efficient at 47.1mpg and 137g/km of CO2, although if you opt for the DSG auto you'll see economy drop to 44.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 143g/km.

The 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 44.1mpg with 146g/km of CO2.

Insurance Groups

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.

Depreciation

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.

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