Volkswagen T-Cross review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Cubby-filled, spacious cabin made even more versatile thanks to sliding rear seat bench
When it comes to practicality, the T-Cross is competitive within its class. Available in just the one five-door compact crossover bodystyle, the car’s boxy dimensions and high roof translate into plenty of cabin space.
It scores big points for versatility, too, thanks in no small part to the sliding rear seat bench that’s standard across the range. Up front it’s just as impressive, thanks to a comfortable driving position with enough adjustment to cater for drivers of all shapes and sizes.
In addition to the roomy boot, there’s plenty of space to keep oddoments up front. A rubberised tray on top of the dash is ideal for small, lightweight items, while the huge cubby ahead of the gear lever has space for big smartphones and USB cables. The door bins are deep and wide enough to hold a large bottle of water, and there’s a further storage space beneath the centre armrest. Passengers in the back can make use of similarly generous door bins and a pair of USB ports (from SE models and above).
The T-Cross measures 4,235mm long, 1,799mm wide (including its door mirrors) and 1,584mm tall. That makes it very slightly longer and wider than the Citroen C3 Aircross, though at 1,637mm, the C3 is taller.
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The boxy shape is fairly typical of the compact SUV class, though rivals like the angular Nissan Juke and curvy C3 Aircross take a different approach.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Up front, the T-Cross feels very spacious. Headroom is generous, and the seat offers a wide range of adjustment (the height adjustment, in particular, can be varied by a huge amount.)
Headroom is equally good for back seat passengers, while there’s more than enough foot room beneath the front seats. Legroom depends entirely on the positions of the sliding rear bench: in its rearmost position, the T-Cross is among the most spacious in its class. However, slide the bench forward to its 140mm limit, and any driver of average height or more will leave no legroom whatsoever for people behind.
The T-Cross is offered with Isofix mounting points both in the outer two rear seats and the front passenger seat.
The sliding rear bench allows for a choice between boot space and rear leg room. Even in its most rearward position, the 385-litre volume is more than you get from a Volkswagen Golf, and sliding the seat forward all the way opens up the volume to 455 litres. This does, however, leave a huge gap which smaller items could fall into.
The T-Cross comes with an adjustable boot floor as standard from SE level upwards. In its raised position, there’s no load lip to lift items over, and should you need to, there’s space to store the parcel shelf beneath it.
The rear seat bench splits 60:40, and leaves a completely flat load area. This expands the total storage area to 1,281 litres, which is 46 litres more than you get in a Renault Captur.
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 CostsThe 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 space - currently readingCubby-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