VW brings a more powerful engine to its most compact crossover, pushing the price towards that of bigger rivals
Itâ€™s a big engine in Volkswagenâ€™s smallest crossover, the T-Cross. Although big (itâ€™s only a 1.5) is relative in family car terms these days.The T-Cross is among our favourite small crossovers, being pleasant inside and tidy to drive. So far itâ€™s been available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine in a couple of flavours, and a diesel that few people buy.Now, though, it gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit making 148bhp, driving the front wheels, exclusively through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.Headline performance is 0-62mph in 8.5sec, and economy is 43.2mpg/148g/km on the official combined cycle.This one comes to us in range-topping R-Line trim, which means it looks a bit sporty but isnâ€™t really, though it has 18in wheels; quite big for a small car. At 4.1m long the T-Cross is just a smidge longer than a VW Polo, though in 1.5 R-Line trim that doesnâ€™t stop it having a pre-option price of ÂŁ27,785.