Does James miss a number of the finer issues in life by not ticking any choice packing containers within the T-Cross?
We’re a few months into our time with the 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life, and I’ve to say the easy strategy to an city runabout is beginning to make sense.
For any first-timers, our T-Cross is a Pure-White, zero-options instance of the entry-level ‘Life’ specification and it is available in, just like the billboard says, at $29,990 drive away.
To get the total particulars, you’ll be able to learn the introduction piece, which features a video run-through of the automotive, or make amends for our second instalment the place we seemed on the city expertise of the little ‘T.
As right here, I’ll run via a number of the options which might be included on the Life, and observe whether or not they do the job nicely sufficient, or in case you’d be higher ticking a field or going up the vary.
To begin, I’ve to say I miss the comfort of keyless entry and begin. It is not an enormous price merchandise to combine, and we’re beginning to see it included on many decrease finish and entry-level fashions because the performance is one in all sheer comfort relatively than luxurious. Plus I all the time have a number of keys in my pockets and fumbling for the proper one is a ache. First world issues and so forth.
From an exterior standpoint, I need to say I want the two-tone 16” Rochester alloy wheels to the silver 17” and 18” gadgets that come additional up the vary. There’s sufficient rubber on the 16’s to offer good journey consolation too. Plus, as an total bundle, the white paint actually works with the rugged and likeable nature of the T-Cross.
I’d nonetheless think about a blue one, however in case you’re on a price range the non-cost white appears good.
The one factor I want it had was the LED headlamps from the ‘Style’ grade, however that’s solely as a result of they appear higher on the automotive. And fairly frankly, that’s a fairly silly motive to need headlights.
I’ll admit I’m used to the blue-white glow of LED lamps (those within the long-term Mercedes-GLS are fairly onerous to prime), and that the yellow halogen bulbs on the ‘Life’ nearly mix into the background of sodium road lamp wash, however they work simply superb for around-town driving.
The true gems are the dynamic cornering lights that come on while you flip the wheel.
These present a pleasant puddle of illumination while you flip the wheel at low pace, making parking and even navigating slender streets a bit simpler.
|2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life|
|Engine configuration||1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol|
|Displacement||1.0 litre (999cc)|
|Energy||85kW at 5500rpm|
|Torque||200Nm at 2000–3500rpm|
|Transmission||Seven-speed dual-clutch automated|
|Drive sort||Entrance-wheel drive|
|Gasoline declare (mixed)||5.4L/100km|
|Gasoline use (mixed)||6.5L/100km|
|ANCAP security score||5-star (examined 2019)|
|Important opponents||Volkswagen T-Roc, Skoda Kamiq, Kia Seltos, Ford Puma|
|MSRP||$27,990 ($29,990 drive-away)|
|Choices as examined||–|
Inside, the fundamental aircon may not be as much as the arctic requirements of a Toyota, nevertheless it too works nicely sufficient, to a restrict. A few excessive 30-degree days had the little VW working additional time to chill issues down, nevertheless it obtained there ultimately. The ‘Type’ scores dual-zone local weather management nevertheless it’s not one thing you miss within the base automotive, neither is it a extra highly effective system.
Rounding off the opposite strong inclusions is the 8-inch LCD infotainment contact display. The brilliant show of the radio station icons and different parts might sound easy nevertheless it provides a number of up market worth to the cabin.
There’s no DAB digital radio tuner on any grade, however Bluetooth playback and the Apple CarPlay integration work seamlessly. CarPlay notably is quick to attach and hasn’t dropped out or glitched in any means.
I nonetheless haven’t mastered the Assume Blue Coach app, which guides you towards higher effectivity, though I’ve discovered the a number of concentric circles.
On the outer ring, the 2 blue strains transfer with the automotive’s momentum. Heavy braking sees them push up and keen acceleration pushes them down. The intention is to maintain them balanced within the center.
The internal ring reveals a bar each few seconds that’s lengthy, in case you’re behaving your self or brief in case you’re not. This, mixed with right gear choice, idle time and use of accent features like air-con, calculates your rating.
Evidently, I’m frequently operating a median within the 70’s and may actually solely get as excessive as 85 if I’m rolling the automotive down a hill. It’s a cool graphic to show, however there’s little use chasing perfection as you’ll by no means get both an ideal rating, or tremendous low gas consumption.
For these counting, we’re on a median of 7.1L/100km in opposition to the mixed cycle declare of 5.4L/100km and concrete solely declare of 6L/100km. I say once more, that will need to have been examined on one enormously flat floor.
|2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life|
|Wheels/tyres||205/60R16 – Bridgestone|
Again behind the wheel, and the suite of driver help know-how is fairly spectacular for an optionless automotive.
Beginning with the fundamentals, and I do know that parking gear isn’t precisely ‘driver help tech’ lately, however the clear digital camera and sensors at each ends of the automotive are all very helpful for the automotive’s city duties.
The lane departure and lane-keeping assistant work nicely too, and it isn’t overly aggressive when coping with crisscrossing lane markings round internal Melbourne.
We’ve had a couple of false-positives with the Autonomous Emergency Braking system although, which isn’t altogether a foul factor because it reveals it’s working, however curiously it has occurred on the identical stretch of highway.
You come over a crest right into a dip the place there’s a pace hump. Nonetheless, the humps are narrower than the observe of practically all automobiles so you’ll be able to merely line up and straddle them with out slowing (glorious design).
Twice now the T-Cross has braked when approaching the hump, however given it’s a road I drive alongside on a regular basis, I’d recommend it was a mixture of sunshine, and angle inflicting the system to activate.
|2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life|
|Choices as examined||$0|
|Servicing 3yr||$990 (pre-paid VW Care Plan)|
|Servicing 5yr||$1800 (pre-paid VW Care Plan)|
|ANCAP security score||5-star (2019)|
|Guarantee||5 years / limitless km|
So it’s a giant tick for the usual stuff, however the $1200 Driver Help Package deal goes on to incorporate rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise management.
I’ve to say I’ve not missed any of those, but when the rear-cross system saves you from an incident as soon as, it’s well worth the worth of admission. Plus you get automated folding mirrors, and everybody likes these, so add the DA-Pack to the want listing.
The opposite non-obligatory pack although, the $1900 Sound and Imaginative and prescient Package deal, which provides a totally digital instrument cluster, built-in navigation and a 300W beats audio sound system, isn’t such a transparent reduce alternative.
First up, for the short-trip operating our T-Cross has been used for, the usual devices are superb. You may change the central show to offer a digital speedo or different journey info, and I’d solely recommend the absolutely digital show would turn out to be useful for these eager to run longer journeys.
Likewise built-in navigation, which feels a little bit redundant when the already sharp and high-resolution show does such a superb job with Apple CarPlay.
I’m a giant fan of music within the automotive, so I’d by no means not need an upgraded stereo, however the usual one has been superb for the native operating about, managing a combination of 3AW talk-back and streamed Powderfinger playlists nicely sufficient. It is a powerful name to recommend a bit extra bass is price $1900.
The underside line right here is that the SV-Pack is only discretion solely.
The baseline gear on the T-Cross Life is beneficiant and purposeful sufficient to make all the pieces else a nice-to relatively than need-to-have alternative.
To that finish, I can’t see an enormous motive to leap as much as the ‘Type’ or ‘R-Line’ spec vehicles.
The 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life is a strong set of wheels for city hopping proper out of the field. Including options and features that don’t appear massively absent merely detracts from the automotive’s fundamental worth proposition.
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