Which 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide] 

Updated Nov 24, 2022 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

The top-spec SE variant has more safety features. 

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. 

A picture of the Volkswagen T-Cross

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. 

A picture of the side of the all-new VW T-Cross

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 picture of the T-Cross's rear end

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. 

A picture of the VW T-Cross' interior

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.

A picture of the VW T-Cross' rear seats

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.  

A picture of the VW T-Cross' engine

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 

Php 1,098,000 

T-Cross SE 180 MPI AT 

Php 1,198,000 

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. 

A shot of the rear quarter side of the Volkswagen T-Cross

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. 

Did this help you differentiate the Volkswagen T-Cross SE from the T-Cross S? If it did, read more car buying and selling guides here on Philkotse.com

Know more about Volkswagen T-Cross 2023

Volkswagen T-Cross

The Volkswagen T-Cross is a, five-seater, subcompact crossover. Locally, it has two different variants. There’s the T-Cross S 180 MPI AT priced at Php 1,098,000, and the T-Cross SE 180 MPI AT, which can be had for Php 1,250,000. 

Size-wise, the T-Cross is 4,218mm long, 1,760mm wide, and 1,599mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,651mm, and a ground clearance of 185mm. 

Under the hood of the Volkswagen T-Cross is a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that can make 111 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox, which sends power to its front wheels. 

Locally, the Volkswagen T-Cross competes against the likes of the Toyota Raize, Kia Seltos, MG ZS, Geely Coolray, Honda HR-V, among others. 

₱ 1,098,000 - ₱ 1,340,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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