The Volkswagen T-Cross, which is expected to launch in India by early 2020, has scored 5 stars in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety tests. Volkswagen claims that the T-Cross SUV features numerous driver assistance systems as standard that were only available on vehicles from a much higher segment till now.
Some numbers first – the Volkswagen T-Cross scores 97% in adult protection, 86% in child occupancy safety and the active support systems scored a rating 80%. The T-Cross even features active Front Assist which watches out for pedestrian’s and cyclist’s safety besides having several passive protection systems.
The comment on the adult occupancy protection reads, “The passenger compartment of the T-Cross remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. VW showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of the driver dummy was good for all critical body areas and was at least adequate for the rear passenger. In both the side barrier and the more severe side pole impacts, protection of all critical body regions was good and the T-Cross scored maximum points in both tests.”
Apart from the active Front Assist, the Volkswagen T-Cross comes with City Emergency Braking System, Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist and the proactive occupant protection system as standard along with lane change assist, Blind Spot Monitor and the associated Rear Traffic Alert. Features like Driver Alert System, Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which automatically brakes or accelerates the car through a system of radars, can be had as an option as well.
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Internationally, the Volkswagen T-Cross comes with four engine options – three petrols and one diesel. There’s the 1.0L, three-cylinder TSI engine in two states of tune – 95hp and 115hp. Then there’s the 1.5L, four-cylinder TSI petrol engine producing 150hp and there’s also a 1.6L, four-cylinder diesel engine which produces 95hp. The engines come mated to a 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearboxes and also a 7-speed DSG transmission. It remains to be seen which of these powertrains make it to India. When launched, the Volkswagen T-Cross will go against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, the upcoming Kia SP2, the MG Hector and the Jeep Compass.