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Volkswagen T-Cross now available with new 1.6 TDI diesel engine

VW’s entry-level SUV range gets a new diesel model starting from £21,240

Volkswagen has announced a new diesel engine option for its T-Cross SUV. Pricing starts at £21,240 for the SE version, rising to £26,740 for the flagship R-Line model. The diesel T-Cross is available to order now.

The new turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine produces 94bhp and is available with a five-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The manual gearbox is the fastest, getting the car from 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds, with the automatic taking 12.5 seconds. According to VW, this engine can achieve a claimed 52.9mpg while producing 140g/km of CO2.

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Volkswagen T-Cross engines and trim levels

The T-Cross is VW's entry-level SUV. It's smaller and less expensive than the Volkswagen T-Roc and completes a line-up that also includes the Volkswagen Tiguan and flagship Volkswagen Touareg.

Alongside the new diesel engine, UK buyers can also spec a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 94 or 113bhp. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the 94bhp engine, while the more powerful engine comes with a six-speed manual. An optional seven-speed dual clutch automatic is optional with this engine.

VW claims the new diesel T-Cross is the most economical model in the range with a claimed fuel economy figure of 52.9mpg and emissions of 140g/km. By comparison, the most efficient version of the 1.0-litre petrol engine can return up to 48.6mpg and 131g/km of CO2.

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The T-Cross range starts with entry-level S trim followed by SE and SEL, before topping out with a sporty-looking R Line model.

The S model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear LED lights, automatic headlights, and a sliding rear bench to create more legroom or boot space as and when required. Safety tech includes blind spot assist, autonomous emergency braking and hill start assist.

Moving up to the SE trim gets you the choice of the more powerful engine, plus 17-inch wheels, black roof rails, front fog lights, a leather steering wheel, a variable boot floor, adaptive cruise control, app connect and a driver alert system.

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SEL brings tinted windows, LED headlights, sports seats, ambient lighting, climate control, sat nav, and front and rear parking sensors.

The R-Line model comes with some sporty styling add-ons, VW’s Active Info Display and 18-inch alloy wheels. Options across the range include different alloy wheel designs, a Beats sound system, and a number of style packs to allow owners to personalise their cars.

Volkswagen T-Cross design and technology

The Volkswagen T-Cross has its mechanical basis in the VW Polo supermini. Both models uses the company's MQB A0 platform, which will also underpin the forthcoming Skoda crossover. It's a lot bulkier to look at, though, with a squared-off shape, tall bonnet and big wheel arches that make it look less like a 'tall hatchback' than the SEAT Arona.

The bulkier looks of the T-Cross are no illusion – it's 54mm longer and 97mm wider than the Polo. The driver sits 100mm higher, too, providing an elevated view out. Being on a slightly larger scale than the Polo ought to make it more practical for family life, too – it’s 385-litre boot is slightly larger than that of a VW Golf, and can be expanded to 455 by sliding the rear passenger seats forwards. Alternatively, folding them away altogether creates a 1,281-litre load bay.

Anybody familiar with the Volkswagen Polo will recognise aspects of its interior in the T-Cross. It employs the same central infotainment touchscreen – available in 6.5 and eight-inch forms - to provide access to navigation, entertainment and certain vehicle settings. Top-spec cars will have VW's 'active info display'; a user-configurable digital dashboard. It'll be available as an option on most models.

If you’re thinking of buying a Volkswagen T-Cross, take a look at our list of the best small SUVs currently on sale to see what else might suit you.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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