What is it?
This diesel version of the new Volkswagen T-Cross would have been the staple of the range had it emerged a few years ago, and we all know why it isn’t today.
Its maker has nevertheless added its 93bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine to the line-up of petrol T-Crosses – the smallest of the brand’s increasingly popular crossover models.
The 1.6 TDI is the most expensive engine option, but it also provides the lowest CO2 rating in the range at 140g/km on the WLTP testing regime. Its power output is the same as that of the 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbo petrol, but of course there’s plenty more torque, namely 184lb ft, rather than 129lb ft, and this peak emerges 500rpm earlier, at 1500rpm.
This car should lug well, then, especially when laden with a family. The lugging is achieved in standard form via a five-speed manual gearbox, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic available as a £1500 option.