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Volkswagen T-Cross 2022: price bump brings DAB radio to Mazda CX-3 rival

John Law

The Volkswagen T-Cross has been mildly updated for 2022 with a little more technology intended to keep buyers happy.

The 2022 Volkswagen T-Cross range will land on Australian dealership forecourts imminently with a few key updates over the 2021 specification – and a small price increase.

The additions aren’t major but they bolster the value proposition of the T-Cross in the competitive light SUV segment that also includes the Mazda CX-3, MG ZS, Nissan Juke and Toyota Yaris Cross

2020 T-Cross 85TSI Style.
The T-Cross is Volkswagen’s smallest SUV.

Aside from the updates, Volkswagen has retained a two-pronged range with the T-Cross in Australia with the price of entry climbing $810 to $29,200 (plus ORCs) for the 85TSI City.

Meanwhile the range-topping 85TSI Style now starts at $32,100 plus on-roads, an increase of $710. 

New T-Cross features for 2022

Volkswagen has added DAB radio functionality across the T-Cross range, with digital stations accessible via the eight-inch touchscreen that also provides wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

2020 T-Cross 85TSI Life
The marque has made a few updates to the T-Cross spec for the 2022 model year.

For the entry-level Life grade there are some extra niceties added for 2022, including power folding door mirrors and steering-wheel mounted shift paddles.

The upmarket Style sees physical dual zone climate controls swapped out for haptic touch buttons as in the Passat R-Line 206TSI.  

What are the differences between the T-Cross Life and Style grades?

The $29,200 (plus ORCs) T-Cross Life packs 16-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, four USB ports and a leather-appointed steering wheel. Safety systems for the life AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep assist and driver alertness monitoring. 

2020 T-Cross 85TSI Style.
Pictured here is a fully-loaded T-Cross Style with R-Line package.

Stepping up to the Style ($32,100 plus ORCs) brings 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, keyless entry, chrome roof rails and sports seats. 

The Style further builds on the safety suite with adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parking and blind-spot monitoring. 

What options are available on the T-Cross?

Volkswagen offers ways to customise the T-Cross with premium paint costing $800. For $1,200 the Life can be specced up with the driver assistance package which adds adaptive cruise and the other safety features of the Style.

2020 T-Cross 85TSI Style.
The bodykit and 18-inch alloys look good, but add a bit to the price of this little SUV.

Both variants can be optioned with digital driver’s display, nav and premium sound system with the $1,900 sound & vision pack. For those after a sportier appearance, the R-Line package comprising privacy glass, 18-inch alloys and different bumpers can be added to the Style for $2,500.

What engines are available in the T-Cross?

In Australia the Volkswagen T-Cross is only available with one powertrain: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine dubbed the 85TSI. Outputs are strong for the class, with 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque available from 2,000-3,500rpm.

As standard the T-Cross uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, there is no six-speed manual option found on the more affordable Volkswagen Polo light car with which the T-Cross shares its MQB-A0 platform.

2020 T-Cross 85TSI Style.
The T-Cross is currently only offered with a one-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.

Other markets can take advantage of a gruntier 1.4-litre 110kW/250Nm turbocharged four-cylinder engine, though that isn’t currently available in Australia.

Buyers looking for a city-sized SUV with a four-cylinder engine would be well served by the Skoda Kamiq 110TSI, which shares the same platform as the T-Cross. 

However, buyers after a VW-badged small car with the 110TSI engine could also look at the larger T-Roc 110TSI Style from $33,390 (plus ORCs).

The 2022 Volkswagen T-Cross is available to order now, with cars arriving at dealers shortly. 

2022 Volkswagen T-Cross: pricing in Australia

Prices listed are before on-road costs

  • T-Cross 85TSI Life – $29,200 (up $810)
  • T-Cross 85TSI Style – $32,100 (up $710)
  • Sound & vision package – $1,900
  • Driver assistance package (Life only) – $1,200
  • R-Line package (Style only) – $2,500