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

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

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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