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Volkswagen T-Cross 2020 review: 85TSI Life snapshot


The entry-level version of the VW T-Cross range is the 85TSI Life variant, priced from $27,990 plus on-road costs.

It has the same engine as the model that sits above it, the 85TSI Style - which is to say it is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque. It is exclusively available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and is only available in two-wheel drive (FWD). Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.4L/100km.

As a competitor to some big names in the small SUV space like the Kia Seltos, Mitsubishi ASX and Toyota C-HR, the T-Cross 85TSI Life comes handsomely equipped with gear for the money.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels with a space-saver spare, black roof rails, halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto wipers, air-conditioning, wireless smartphone charger, four USB ports, leather multi-function steering wheel, and 8.0-inch multimedia system with app-connect (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto) functionality.

Safety-wise, the base T-Cross is fitted with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, front and rear low-speed AEB, driver fatigue detection, low-pressure tyre indicator, dual ISOFIX child seat anchor points and six airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtain).

The T-Cross Life model can be equipped with additional safety spec, with the $1200 Driver Assistance pack bundling adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert with auto brake, and automatic high beams.

Also available is the Sound and Vision pack ($1900) which adds VW’s excellent digital cockpit driver info display, as well as inbuilt sat nav and a Beats 300-watt sound system. 

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