The new T-Cross measures 161.8 inches (4.11 meters) long and uses the smallest version of the MQB platform that underpins models like the VW Polo, Audi A1, and SEAT Ibiza.
At launch, buyers can choose 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 94 horsepower (70 kilowatts) or 113 hp (85 kW). There's also a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder with 94 hp. Later, a gas-fueled 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 148 hp (110 kW) will join the range,
Prices start at 17,975 euros ($20,450 at current exchange rates), which is about 600 euros ($682) more than the corresponding Polo costs.
The SEAT Arona is a close sibling of the T-Cross by sharing a platform and some of the same engines. Their dimensions are virtually identical, too.
Given the similarities, the Arona is a bit of a bargain because its base price is over 1,500 euros ($1,700) less than the T-Cross. The full standard equipment list is not yet available for the VW, so it's not yet clear what amenities come on the SUV that aren't on the base SEAT.
Skoda will get its own take on the small SUV that will share underpinnings with the T-Cross and Arona. It'll reportedly call the crossover the Polar, and the vehicle will possibly have a slightly longer wheelbase to increase interior space. The Polar will allegedly arrive in 2019.
The Audi Q2 rides on the slightly larger A1 version of the MQB platform, rather than the T-Cross' A0 variant. The actual dimensions aren't too much bigger, though, because the Audi is 165 inches long (4.19 meters), versus 161.8 inches (4.11 meters) for the VW.
Unlike the T-Cross, the Q2 is available with an all-wheel-drive system, although it's not currently available for emissions reasons.
At 23,900 euros ($27,150), the Audi is also significantly more expensive than its tinier cousin from VW.
Citroën C3 Aircross
At 163.8 inches (4.16 meters) long, the C3 Aircross is a hair bigger than the 161.8-inch T-Cross. The Citroën has a more eye-catching look, though, rather than the somewhat stodgy VW's styling. Both models share a sliding rear seat too, which offers an additional option for boosting rear cargo space without folding the bench out of the way.
The C3 Aircross has a cheaper base price than the T-Cross at 15,290 euros ($17,400) – 2,685 euros ($3,055) less than the VW.
DS 3 Crossback
Like the C3 Aircross, the DS 3 Crossback comes from PSA Group, but the DS model gets the automaker's newer EMP1 platform.
Compared to the T-Cross, the DS 3 Crossback is just a centimeter (0.4 inches) longer. The French model is a bit more upscale, too, with features like LED headlights.
Pricing for the luxurious, little crossover isn't yet clear because the DS 3 Crossback doesn't go on sale until the spring of 2019.
The Peugeot 2008 looks different than the Citroën C3 Aircross, but the two vehicles have the same dimensions, trunk volume, and engine choices.
However, the 2008 starts at 18,300 euros ($20,880), which is almost 3,000 euros ($3,425) more than the C3 Aircross with the same engine. The Peugeot is also 325 euros ($370) more than the T-Cross.
The Ford EcoSport is just a centimeter (0.4 inches) shorter than the T-Cross. The lack of size contributes to the Blue Oval's little SUV offering a little less cargo space at 11.3 cubic feet (320 liters) with the seats up or 40.44 cubic feet (1,145 liters) with them down. In comparison, the T-Cross' sliding rear seat provides 13.6 cubic feet (385 liters) to 16.07 cubic feet (455 liters) of storage depending on its position, and folding the bench down provides 45.24 cubic feet (1,281 liters) of room.
A major difference between the EcoSport and T-Cross is that the Ford is available with all-wheel drive, but buyers can only get the VW with front-wheel drive.
A base EcoSport starts at 18,590 euros ($21,150), which is 615 euros ($700) more than a T-Cross.
The Hyundai Kona brings a chic look and upbeat colors to the small SUV market. Its 17,500 euro ($19,900) base price is 475 euros ($541) cheaper than the T-Cross.
The Kona is also more powerful in its base form by coming with a 118-hp (88-kW) turbocharged engine instead of 94 hp (70 kW) for the T-Cross. There are all-wheel-drive variants of the Hyundai, too, unlike the VW.
The Kia Stonic is closely related to the brand's little Rio. The entry-level 1.25-liter engine makes just 83 hp (62 kW). At 15,990 euros ($18,225), the little SUV is quite a bit cheaper than the VW, though.
Renault's rounded Captur brings an egg-shaped look to the segment. Prices start at 16,190 euros ($18,450), and for that money customers get an 89-hp (66-kW) turbocharged gasoline engine. Like the T-Cross, all-wheel drive isn't available on the Captur.
There probably won't be many people cross-shopping the SsangYong Tivoli and the VW T-Cross. However, they're technically competitors.
The Tivoli measure 165 inches (4.2 meters) long, instead of 161.8 inches (4.11 meters) for the T-Cross. It comes with more power, too, with 126 horsepower (94 kW) in base form. Four-wheel drive is available on the SsangYong, too, unlike the VW.
The Tivoli is quite a bit cheaper, too, at 15,990 euros ($18,235), versus 17,975 euros for the T-Cross.
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