Volkswagen T-Cross: Where does it stand in PH small crossover segment?

Updated Apr 08, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It should drop by Q2 this year.

Volkswagen Philippines announced that the arrival of the T-Cross will be in the second quarter of 2021. This might be a nameplate that is unfamiliar to Filipinos at the moment, but it shouldn’t have a hard time introducing itself to the local market considering its world-class achievements and milestones.

The Volkswagen T-Cross is a subcompact crossover that first broke cover in 2018. Despite being a new contender, the small crossover became an instant hit to car buyers, especially in Europe. Volkswagen Philippines shared that it holds a positive outlook for its upcoming release amid the new normal.

Volkswagen T-Cross front view

2021 Volkswagen T-Cross

The anticipated price for the upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross should be around Php 1.1 to 1.3 million. This means that it should rival the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Toyota Corolla Cross, MG ZS, and Geely Coolray.

One of the most reputable features the Volkswagen T-Cross will be bringing to compete against its rivals in the country is safety. It received a 5-star rating from various safety assessment programs such as the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Latin NCAP, and the Australian NCAP.

The VW T-Cross subcompact crossover was also awarded multiple recognitions such as:  

  • Best Compact SUV at BusinessCar Awards 2019 in the United Kingdom
  • Compact SUV of the Year at the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year in Ireland
  • Best Exterior Volume Brand at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 in Germany
  • Compact SUV of the Year by UOL Carros 2019 and L’Auto Preferita in Brazil
  • Compact Family Car category win in the 5th annual Consumer Awards in South Africa

Under the hood, the Volkswagen T-Cross could be powered by either a 1.5L gasoline option good for 111 hp and 145 Nm of torque, as well as a 1.4L turbocharged version capable of 148 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The transmission options could include a five- or six-speed manual alongside a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG).

Volkswagen T-Cross rear view

Needless to say, the VW T-Cross brings great styling

With all that being said, it looks like the upcoming VW model is equipped to be able to compete at a high level in the local subcompact crossover segment. It will offer Filipino car buyers a subcompact crossover with well-revered credibility that is recognized around the world. Volkswagen Philippines should release more specs of the T-Cross before its official local launch.

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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>

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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