Volkswagen Philippines’ latest addition to its model lineup is the all-new T-Cross subcompact crossover. So, if you’re in the market for a crossover, you might be considering this model from the German marque.
The all-new 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross in Tribu Yellow
This new model has two variants for the Philippine market: the entry-level T-Cross S, and the top-spec T-Cross SE. So, to guide prospective buyers, we’ll be pointing out just how different these two are from each other.
Volkswagen T-Cross Variants: Exterior
In terms of size, both the T-Cross S and SE are pretty much identical. Both have a length of 4,218mm, a width of 1,760mm, and a height of 1,599mm. Both also come with a wheelbase length of 2,651mm.
The new T-Cross from the side
As far as exterior equipment, both are equipped with a rear fog lamp, electronic side mirrors with side turn lamps, roof rails, and a rear spoiler. The top-spec SE however does have LED headlamps, whereas the S only comes with a pair of halogens. Also, the higher-spec variant uses a set of 17-inch alloys, while the S rides on a smaller 16-inch set.
Other features available on the SE that are absent on the lower-spec S include daytime running lamps, front fog lamps, and a panoramic sunroof.
A closer look at the T-Cross' rear end
Lastly, the S variant only has two available colors: Chinchilla Gray and Polar White. The SE meanwhile, can come in those two aforementioned colors, as well as Syringa Violet, Tribu Yellow, and Romance Red.
Volkswagen T-Cross Variants: Interior
As a five-door subcompact crossover, both the T-Cross SE and S can comfortably seat up to five occupants including the driver. Both also come with 12-volt accessory outlets, manually adjustable driver and front passenger seats, a four-piece speaker system, a multi-function steering wheel, and cruise control.
The T-Cross is colorful on the inside too
To keep its occupants cool, both variants come standard with a manual air-conditioning system. The SE comes with rear vents, while the S does not.
Moreover, the top-spec SE features a different touchscreen headunit. While the S is fitted with an eight-inch unit, the higher-spec variant gets a 9.2-inch unit. Both however, are capable of connecting to smartphones via Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, Bluetooth, Aux-in, or USB.
The new Volkswagen crossover's rear cabin
Other interior features that are standard on the top-spec SE but are not present on the S are the following: a push to start button, ambient lighting, and an LED reading light. The SE also comes with leather and fabric seats, while the S only has fabric seats.
Volkswagen T-Cross Variants: Engine and Performance
Powering both variants of the T-Cross is a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. At most, it can make up to 113 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. Power is sent to its front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Both variants are propelled by a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine
Standard on the T-Cross is a MacPherson strut type front suspension and a composite torsion beam semi-independent rear suspension. Both variants also use disc brakes for both rear and front wheels.
Volkswagen T-Cross Variants: Safety
In terms of safety, both trims of the T-Cross come equipped with a driver and front passenger airbags, ISOFIX, anti-lock braking, stability control, hill hold control, traction control, rear parking sensors, an engine immobilizer, as well as a tire pressure monitor.
The top-spec SE however has more airbags than the S trim. It comes standard with driver and front passenger side airbags, as well as head curtain airbags. Also, parking it can be easier thanks to its rear camera. Lastly, the SE also has an autonomous emergency braking system.
Volkswagen T-Cross Variants: Price
Volkswagen T-Cross Variants
T-Cross S 180 MPI AT
T-Cross SE 180 MPI AT
Volkswagen T-Cross Variants: Conclusion
To conclude, the biggest difference between the T-Cross SE and the T-Cross S is their safety kits. The top-spec SE might be better at keeping its occupants safe in the event of a crash as it comes with side and curtain airbags that the S variant lacks. Parking will also be easier thanks to its reverse camera, and it will provide more forward visibility since it comes with LED headlamps, as well as front fog lamps. On top of that, it also has automatic emergency braking, which can be useful in the chaotic traffic common in major Philippine cities.
The T-Cross in general has the potential to be a great daily driver
When it comes to the model’s mechanical bits and infotainment system though, there aren’t many differences. They use the same 1.5-liter mill, and the same brake and suspension setup as well. Sure, the SE’s touchscreen unit is a bit larger, but it's only a one-inch difference.
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Know more about Volkswagen T-Cross 2021
<p>The Volkswagen T-Cross is a five-seater subcompact crossover that first made its global debut in October 2018. Volkswagen said that the T-Cross offers versatility and functionality, which makes it an ideal urban crossover vehicle. Volkswagen Philippines officially launched the T-Cross in May 2021. It is offered in two variants in the local market (180 MPI AT S and the 180 MPI AT SE). Both variants are powered by a 1.5-liter that delivers 113 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.</p>
Cesar G.B. Miguel