June 02, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Volkswagen T-Cross SE

The Teutonic Aubergine

With the introductory price discount of P30,000.00 until initial supplies last, I highly recommend the Syringa Violet (eggplant) all-new 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross SE. We get the extra comfortable LWB model for our market with a modest 114 bhp / 107 lb-ft 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed automatic. It is reasonably peppy and very frugal yet full featured. It does 0-100 km/h in a relaxed 10.1 seconds with a top speed of 194 km/h. I like that the rear signature lighting that resembles a “C”!

Using the excellent MQB A0 chassis, the little Volkswagen is a handsome comprehensively packaged subcompact crossover with genuinely desirable brand characteristics. It feels solid and planted. The suspension used are independent MacPherson struts up front with a coil sprung torsion-beam at the rear. The suspension tuning is appropriate for our road conditions combined with the conservative 205/55R17 91V Hankook Kinergy EX+ tires wrapping fairly good-looking 17 x 6J alloys.

The cabin fitment, standard features, and design are refreshingly fun and very accommodating. The all-disc brakes are great, the best in its class and the ride comfort is exemplary. The steering is a little too boosted but then again, this little crossover is meant to be a practical and reliable everyday commuter. The VW T-Cross SE is a proper world-car that will be a standout on the road and a joy to drive supported by excellent LED lighting (in projector low and high beams with DRL) on both ends, Autonomous Emergency Braking, electronic stability control, a lovely panoramic moonroof, cruise control, front halogen fog lamps, strong climate control with rear vents and additional USB A & C ports, ambient interior lighting, additional side and curtain SRS bags, rear parking sonar with rear camera, and an excellent 9.2-inch infotainment system with gesture control, good full range 6-speakers as well as Apple CarPlay and AppConnect connectivity.

In our Philippine market the all-new Volkswagen T-Cross subcompact crossover is positioned ironically between the Kia Stonic and Kia Seltos (brands share the same distributor). There are two variants for the T-Cross, the low-spec S and this SE model which I think is a strong product that genuinely properly represents the brand. Though I would have preferred a more potent TSI powerplant in either 1.0-liter or 1.4-liter capacities mated to a 7-speed DSG, the 1.5-liter MPI engine is a smooth operator that is more than sufficient for general overall routine duty.

Our market gets a nice palette of available colors with matching interior trim for particular SE models: Tribu Yellow, Syringa Violet, Romance Red, Polar White, and Chinchilla Gray. Load capacity is 329 liters with the rear seat up and when the rear seats are folded, handles 1,319 liters. The ground clearance is 185 mm. Whichever color you choose, as long as it is the full spec SE variant, you will be happy with the purchase. The build-quality is excellent and you feel that you a driving an upscale crossover.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1498 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Multipoint Injection, Atkinson-cycle
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 114 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 107 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
Transmission 6-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 194 km/h (121 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 10.1 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 6.1 L/100 km Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,168,000.00 introductory promotional price
What's Great Excellent packaging, premium versatility and comfort, capacity, comprehensive driver aids, pedigree, excellent build-quality, very smooth and efficient
What's Not So Wish it had the 1.4-liter TSI engine mated to the 7-speed DSG
C! Editors Rating 9/10
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