Volkswagen’s little and large show

11 March 2019

IT is the little and large show from Volkswagen, with its first small SUV and the addition of a range-topping version of its huge Touareg model costing virtually £60,000.

The company’s small SUV takes the name of T-Cross and costs from £17,000, with the aim of adding flexibility to the rapidly-expanding small vehicle sector.

It slots between the recently-introduced T-Roc and the Polo, with which it shares its platform and is offered with a choice of four levels of trim and equipment.

This enables prices to rise to more than £25,000 for the most lavishly-equipped versions.

Entry level S trim cars get 16-inch alloy wheels, while they all come with electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear LED tail lights and automatic headlights.

SE versions costing from £18,795 have 17-inch wheels, black roof rails and front fog lights with a cornering function, a multifunction steering wheel, variable boot floor, adaptive cruise control, app connect and a driver alert system.

SEL versions priced from £21,650 have different wheels, tinted windows, LED headlights, silver roof rails, front sport seats and an ambient lighting package. There is also climate control and a Discover Navigation system, plus a driver-tiredness detection system and front and rear parking sensors.

The range-topping T-Cross R-Line models get larger 18-inch wheels,

sportier exterior and interior styling, plus Active Info Display.

Options include keyless entry, a high-spec sound system and various style packs.

Only petrol engines will be on offer here, with outputs of 95bhp and 115bhp from the one-litre turbocharged three-cylinder unit and a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.

At the other end of the size scale, Volkswagen’s huge Touareg SUV gets a new petrol option as an alternative to the current crop of 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel-only power engines.

It is a three-litre V6 with a power output of 340bhp and pulling power of 450Nm from just above idle speed.

This means that the engine generates maximum pulling power virtually from take-off, making it ideally suited to hauling heavy loads, trailers and horse boxes.

The vehicle uses Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system, with a limited-slip differential and despite its gargantuan dimensions, can reach 60mph in under six seconds.

Unlike rival Volvo SUVs, which are now limited to a top speed of just over 110mph, the Touareg can reach 155mph.

Average economy is said to be about 30mpg, with an official CO2 rating of 203g/km.

Prices range from £52,635 for the SEL eight-speed automatic to £59,235 for the range-topping R-Line Tech version.