Volkswagen T-Cross review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
The mid-forties fuel economy and low CO2 emissions of the T-Cross are par for the small SUV course
Running costs are a major consideration for the majority of small SUV buyers, so it’s good news that regardless of which engine or gearbox you choose, mid-forties mpg is perfectly achievable in the real world at the wheel of a VW T-Cross. A start-stop system is standard on all models, as is a brake energy regeneration system which keeps the battery topped with electricity recovered during braking.
The most economical choice is the five-speed S model with the lower-powered 94bhp petrol engine. It returns a claimed 48.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. The thirstiest, meanwhile, are those higher-powered 113bhp models with seven-speed DSG gearboxes, with claimed 45.6mpg WLTP combined economy.
CO2 emissions range from 131g/km in the five-speed to 140g/km in the seven-speed DSG models on the WLTP tests. Road tax is still calculated on NEDC-adjusted figures, however, which are quoted as 111-115g/km depending on model and specification. This equates to a 26 to 27 per cent Benefit-in-Kind rating, so company car tax shouldn’t be unduly expensive.
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 49 to 55 per cent 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 39 to 44 per cent of its value; the Mazda CX-3 fares better with residuals of 44 to 52 per cent predicted.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen T-Cross reviewThe Volkswagen T-Cross is a competent small SUV, but others offer better value
- 2Engines, performance and driveSimple petrol-only engine lineup works well; driving experience safe and easy rather than thrilling
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe mid-forties fuel economy and low CO2 emissions of the T-Cross are par for the small SUV course
- 4Interior, design and technologySome rivals are more funky to look at, but the 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 sliding rear seat bench
- 6Reliability and SafetyStrong safety scores are highly likely, but VW’s cars are only average as an ownership prospect