Motoring by Press Association 26/10/2018, 11:48 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Volkswagen has unveiled the smallest offering in its SUV range – the all-new T-Cross. It’s a stylish city slicker based on the same underpinnings as the VW Polo and will arrive in the UK early in 2019. The T-Cross is VW’s first real foray into the compact SUV sector – a large market segment dominated by the likes of the Nissan Juke, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stonic and the Seat Arona. Until now, the closest VW has come is the T-Roc – a rather larger offering – and the Taigun concept, which was based on the Up! city car. The T-Cross brings strong off-roader styling cues to its tiny frame, with chunky wheel arches and a large, upright grille. Roof bars give a rugged aesthetic while the rear sees a full-width light bar extend across the boot lid. The SUV bodyshell isn’t just for style, though … [Read more...] about Stylish new VW T-Cross SUV revealed
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If your car has developed a fault, or for consumer advice, turn to Honest John by emailing [email protected] Fuel for thought My annual mileage is low, so I’m thinking of buying a VW Golf Mk6 that I would like to keep for some time. However, I’m not sure whether to go for a 1.4-litre petrol-engined version or the 1.6-litre TDI diesel. I have been told that diesel engines last longer (up to 200,000 miles) and that the cars are cheaper to tax and maintain, but I’m worried that they may be increasingly persecuted by emissions legislation. Can you enlighten me? PJ Diesel engines used to last longer when they were simple, but not any more. And now they are saddled with all manner of emissions-scrubbing... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Honest John: is a diesel-engined VW Golf a safe bet in the long term?
Few would deny that the Volkswagen Golf is one of the most successful cars of all time. Whether you want a practical family hatchback, a thrill-a-minute sporty one or a versatile load carrier, there’s a version just for you. It’s a car without handicap and one that benchmarks the sector. It also has a big brother – the Golf SV. Notice the missing “U”; so this is not yet another SUV but actually VW’s take on that far from flavour-of-the-month vehicle these days, the MPV. Once it was called the Golf Plus; nowadays (well, since 2014) it’s the SV which, as far as I understand it, is short for Sports Van. But because it doesn’t look like a van and few would want to own up to owning a van, it is just, plain and simply, SV. Okay, so having got that convoluted explanation of the name out of the way (and wake up at the back, Smithers), let’s concentrate on the car itself. New for 2018 is an updated Golf SV, a bigger and more practical … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Golf SV tees off in style
About half way through the launch press conference for the new Kia Ceed, senior engineer Gert-Jan Teunis explained the chassis changes they’d made to the third generation of this workaday hatchback. Still the same front MacPherson struts and multi-link independent rear suspension, but with a litany of spring, damper, geometry, steering ratio and roll-bar changes as long as your arm, and so much softening at the back you’d wonder how the old car got around corners at all. These are the sorts of things that race teams do, finessing and tittivating to make a car that grips, handles predictably and inspires confidence. Under Albert Biermann, formerly of BMW, that’s what Kia is doing; more than that, in fact, since it is also creating a legend and a driving characteristic for all Kia cars in much the same way that Richard Parry-Jones’s team at Ford did for the 1993 Mondeo and the 1998 Focus. It’s part of this South Korean car maker’s master plan; to … [Read more...] about Kia Ceed review: finally a match for the VW Golf?
LIKE many other manufacturers VW is keenly chasing sales in the booming SUV market - and their latest offering looks set to snap-up even more buyers. The Golf-sized T-Roc sits below the popular Tiguan and above the forthcoming T-Cross in what VW describe as their ‘ongoing SUV offensive’. Compact it may be but designers have managed to come up with a full five seater with decent boot space (one of the largest in its class at 445 litres) that has sporty, almost coupe-like, styling and a large range of personalisation options. There are three TSi petrol engines and two diesels and our test car this week is the mid-range Design 1.5 TSi EVO 150 PS manual. Below that is a 1.0-litre, three cylinder 114bhp petrol and above a 2.0-litre 190PS petrol - the only version to be offered with four wheel drive - and the diesels are 1.6 115PS and 2.0-litre 150PS TDis. Gearbox options are a six speed manual (our test car) or seven-speed DSG auto on all but the 2.0-litre which is auto only. … [Read more...] about New VW T-Roc review by Steve Howarth