Volkswagen T-Cross interior
You get plenty of equipment as standard in the VW T-Cross’s neat, intuitive cabin, but it doesn’t look or feel particularly posh.
The VW T-Cross’s interior has all the hallmarks of a small SUV, including a raised seating position, a broad dashboard and plenty of customisation options, but it doesn’t look as exciting as the eye-catching cabin you get in a Citroen C3 Aircross – even with the optional orange vinyl dashboard stickers.
That being said, everything’s easy to reach and all the buttons and knobs on the centre console and behind the steering wheel feel pretty solid – certainly more so that in the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of hard plastics, which make the VW T-Cross’s interior feel a bit cheap. The dashboard, doors and centre console are hard and scratchy, but at least they feel solid and there are a few soft pads to rest your elbows on.
You don’t get leather seats as standard in any T-Cross car, but high-spec R-Line models come with a set of more supportive sports seats in the front with fancy R-Line embossed logos. You also get a set of metal pedal trims and a digital display in place of conventional analogue dials.
More affordable versions of the VW T-Cross do without this digital display, but every model comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard.
The VW T-Cross can’t match the Citroen C3 Aircross’ bonkers-looking interior design, but it feels solid enough to easily stand up to the rigours of the school run.
Unlike most small SUVs, every VW T-Cross comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. Unlike the Hyundai Kona’s free-standing screen, the VW’s unit sits nestled in a glossy plastic panel which makes it feel like it was meant to be there from the beginning, not stuck on as an afterthought.
The screen is bright and easy to read in bright sunlight and you get a set of touch-sensitive shortcut buttons to help you switch from one of the system’s features to another. These aren’t quite as easy to use as the physical buttons you get in the Hyundai Kona, but they work better than the Ford EcoSport’s standalone touchscreen.
Programming the VW T-Cross’s sat-nav is much easier than is most SUVs, too. Entering an address using the on-screen keyboard is a doddle and you can easily add a waypoint to your route to take in a lunch stop or a petrol station. High-spec R-Line models even come with a 10-inch digital driver’s display which shows a widescreen sat-nav display between a pair of customisable dials right in your eyeline.
S and SE cars don’t come with sat-nav as standard, but SE cars and above get smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android phones so you can use your favourite navigation apps through the VW T-Cross’s screen instead.
These features work well, respond quickly to your inputs and let you use music-streaming apps such as Spotify directly through the car’s screen. On the subject of music, if you’re seriously into your tunes you should consider paying extra for the upgraded Beats stereo with eight instead of the standard system’s six speakers and a subwoofer in the boot for a bit of extra bass.