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06 MOTORING NTNE01Z01MO - V1 control, semiautomatic parking and a more sophisticated version of auto emergency braking. Those features are standard on the Style. The T-Cross scored five stars in crash tests when it launched and performed well in adult occupant protection with a score of 97 per cent. ON THE ROAD The T-Crosss 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine punches above its weight, thanks to a decent serving of torque available early in the rev range. Its teamed with a seven-speed dualclutch auto that shifts decisively at speed, but can be a little jerky and slow to react off the mark, especially when the cars stop-start function is engaged. Its sure-footed through corners, though, with crisp, communicative steering and good body control. Fuel efficiency is impressive. Volkswagen claims an average of 5.4 litres per 100km and we achieved 5.8L/100km on a mix of freeway and city driving. Unlike some competitors, it is only available in front-wheel drive, limiting its ability on unsealed surfaces. ALTERNATIVES Toyota Yaris Cross Urban Hybrid, from about $38,800 drive-away. Not as rewarding to drive but uses less fuel, has more equipment and a comprehensive standard safety package. Mazda CX-3 Akari, from about $41,200 drive-away. Smaller inside, with a tiny boot but has standard leather, a bigger 2.0-litre engine and more driver assistance tech. Kia Stonic GT-Line, from about $32,750 drive-away. Down on power, missing some safety gear and not as solid to drive, but considerably cheaper, with loads of goodies. VERDICT The T-Cross is at the expensive end of the compact SUV market but offers decent space and an above average driving experience. hhhkj VALUE The T-Cross is the smallest SUV in the Volkswagen range. Based on the Polo small car, it starts at roughly $35,000 drive-away for the 85TFSI Life model, which has Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto, wireless phone charging, an 8inch centre touchscreen, cruise control and parking sensors front and rear. The next model up is the Style at about $38,000, which ups the ante with two-zone climate control, push-button start, bigger wheels, ambient lighting and more safety equipment. Our test vehicle, based on the Style, also had an R-Line pack, which is essentially a cosmetic upgrade that includes 18-inch wheels, better fabric seats, some faux carbon fibre highlights in the cabin, tinted windows and more. It adds $2600 to the price. A sound and vision package seems better value at $2200 for a premium sound system, digital driver display, satnav and wireless smartphone mirroring. Warranty is five years and servicing is expensive at $2886 over five years. If you prepay, it drops to $2250. COMFORT The T-Cross is surprisingly roomy for a compact SUV. The high roofline means theres decent headroom for taller passengers in both the front and rear. The rear seats also have good legroom, although the back is better suited to two passengers, as the middle seat is a little uncomfortable. There are no rear air vents and the rear armrests are hard plastic but the boot is larger than average. The R-Line has low-profile, 18-inch wheels, which dont iron out bumps and corrugations as well as the smaller wheels on the cheaper versions, but overall the ride is pretty good for this size of vehicle. The tyres can get a little noisy on coarser road surfaces. SAFETY The cheapest Life model has auto emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance but it misses out on driver assistance tech youd find on some rivals at this price, most notably blindspot and rear cross-traffic alert. They are available as part of a $1200 driver assistance package that also includes adaptive cruise S H O R T C U T Cross country Compact SUV is surprisingly spacious and practical but it doesnt come cheap RICHARD BLACKBURN VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS STYLE R-LINE PRICE About $40,800 drive-away WARRANTY/SERVICING Five years, unltd km, $2250 over five years ENGINE 1.0-litre turbo petrol, 85kW and 200Nm SAFETY Six airbags, auto emergency braking, lane-departure warning , blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert THIRST 5.8L/100km LUGGAGE 455 litres AT A GLANCE