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

Updated May 31, 2021 | 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 2021

Volkswagen T-Cross

<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&nbsp;(180 MPI AT S and the 180 MPI AT SE). Both variants are powered by a 1.5-liter that delivers&nbsp;113 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.</p>

From ₱1,098,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

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