It’s called T-Cross and is Volkswagen’s challenger in one of the most competitive and fastest-growing segments. It will ask some tough questions of A0 segment leaders Ford Ecosport and Renault Captur when it arrives in SA before the end of 2019. I took it for a whirl on the narrow roads of the holiday island of Mallorca, Spain. It offers premium sub-compact SUV sophistication and it’s solidly built too. It’s a very fine piece of kit with not only generous cabin space but a broad list of convenience and safety systems. Personalisation is possible through style packages which are Life, Style and R-Line. It is, of course, yet another SUV to hit the market but VW also views it as a natural upscale for maturing owners of the Polo who require a more practical but not necessarily uninteresting step up. Styling cues are quite fresh. It’s an aptly youthful look that doesn’t depart far from the blocky but rounded look of VW’s other T-lettered SUVs: Tiguan and Touareg. Is there fun and functio...

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