Automakers keep giving us more and more high-riding vehicles to satisfy the growing demand in most global markets. Moreover, no matter what segment you’re looking at, you’ll find a number of different options to choose from.
Volkswagen’s SUV lineup is among those that have expanded significantly these past few years, with the latest offerings being the compact T-Roc and subcompact T-Cross.
As the brand’s smallest and cheapest SUV, the T-Cross is based on the Polo platform and goes up against rivals such as the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X, Hyundai Kona and Jeep Renegade.
Although it’s not available in the U.S., it’s on sale in Europe, where it comes in four distinct trim levels called the S, SE, SEL and R-Line. Prices stretch between £16,995 ($22,226/€19,722) and £23,555 ($30,805/€27,335) in the U.K., and that’s without any optional features, though even the base model has an 8-inch infotainment system and several safety assistance systems.
The trim level that Autocar have chosen for their review is the SEL. It has a £21,655 ($28,320/€25,130) starting price and comes with LED headlights and DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear glass, Discover Navigation 8-inch infotainment, adaptive cruise control and dual-zone climate control.
The reviewer appreciated the good driving position, sliding rear bench, equipment level, nd refined 115 PS (113 hp / 84 kW) 1.0-liter turbocharhed engine, handling and ride quality. Overall, the T-Cross feels polished, yet it does have some weak points that are detailed in the following video.
So, with so many offerings in the subcompact SUV segment, would it be wise to give up on small hatchbacks and go for a crossover instead? And if so, should you get the T-Cross over its rivals? The answer lies right below.