Volkswagen continues its T-Cross compact SUV for 2021 with slight pricing increases from 2020. 

    The small SUV, which competes with the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke, will continue to be offered in two full-time variants: Life and Style. 

    New for 2021? New Volkswagen badging and fonts, and wireless smartphone mirroring as part of the Sound and Vision Package.

    A limited-run CityLife has also been added to the range, but just 1000 will be offered in Australia. A full price and specs story for the CityLife is available here.

    The Life and Style are now priced at $28,390 and $31,390 respectively, both before on-road costs. 


    • 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Life: $28,390 (+$400)
    • 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI CityLife: $30,390 (limited edition)
    • 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI Style: $31,390 (+$400)

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    The 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross is available exclusively with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine.

    It produces 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    All T-Cross models are front-wheel drive.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross consumes 5.4L/100km on the combined cycle. It requires 95RON premium unleaded fuel.


    The 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross measures 4108mm long, 1583mm tall, and 1760mm wide.

    Cargo volume measures 455L, expanding to 1281L with the rear seats folded.


    ANCAP has recorded a rating of five stars for the T-Cross.

    That’s based on Euro NCAP testing conducted in 2019, where the T-Cross received an adult protection score of 97 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 85 per cent, a pedestrian protection score of 81 per cent, and a safety assist score of 80 per cent.

    All 2021 T-Cross models come standard with city-speed autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, anti-lock brakes, and front and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag.

    The 85TSI Style adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.


    The 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross is covered by Volkswagen’s five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    It requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

    A five-year servicing care plan is available, which costs $1800 for five years/75,000 km.

    Standard Equipment

    The T-Cross 85TSI Life comes standard with the following features:

    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • 16-inch alloy wheels
    • Cruise control
    • Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
    • Wireless phone charging
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Automatic headlights
    • Rain-sensing wipers

    There are two option packages available. The $1900 Sound and Vision package adds a 300W Beats premium sound system, 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit, satellite navigation, and wireless smartphone mirroring, while the $1200 driver assistance package adds:

    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Semi-autonomous parking assist

    Over the 85TSI Life, the 85TSI Style adds the features of the driver assistance package plus:

    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Power-folding exterior mirrors
    • LED headlights
    • Proximity entry with push-button start
    • Paddle shifters
    • Ambient lighting

    The Sound and Vision package remains a $1900 option, while the $2500 R-Line package adds:

    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • Black headliner
    • R-Line bodykit

    A limited-run T-Cross CityLife launched in March 2021. 1000 are available in Australia, with additional features compared to the Style.

    Full details are available here.

    Zak Adkins
    Zak Adkins is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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