THERE is much hype around the new Volkswagen T-Cross, which is selling in big numbers.

As predicted Mzansi car buyers are obsessed with the T-Cross.

Our test car was the T-Cross Highline with the optional R-Line package that gives it a sporty appearance.

The T-Cross squares off against established rivals the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Suzuki Vitara, Mazda CX-3 and Renault Captur, all of which are quite competent and well-liked.

But these SUVs have to fear the T-Cross since the VW badge is always sought-after, and it’s quite a looker too.

Unlike the Polo and the Golf, Volkswagen has decided to give the T-Cross a more daring design, while the R-Line treatment enhances the eye-catching appearance even further.

In addition, interior is quite attractive with a top-notch fit and finish.

Our test car was well-equipped with all the necessary features and we especially liked the infotainment system that instantly pairs with Android or Apple smartphones.

The interior space is sufficient too for a car of its size and naturally it comes with other typical SUV credentials too such as practicality.

The boot space is 377L and the rear seats are split 60:40. This increases the loading bay up to 455L.

As with most Volkswagen models, the T-Cross is a car that you can get into and instantly feel comfortable in.

It is an easy-to-drive car and the steering is light and precise.

The VW T-Cross has enough interior for a car of its size.

The 1.0L turbocharged engine is quite willing and performs well, while the DSG automatic transmission offers smooth and slick gear changes.

Although the T-Cross is a pleasant car to drive, the ride can be a bit hard, which is probably the result of the R-Line package’s low-profile 18-inch wheels.

It is hard not to like the T-Cross and is probably going to become one of the top-selling SUVs in Mzansi.

But most of its rivals make a strong case for themselves too and many of them such as the EcoSport even offer better value for money since the T-Cross is pricey.

FACTBOX

Price: From R334 600

Engine: 1.0L turbo petrol

Power: 85kW

Torque: 200Nm

Fuel Economy: 5.3L/100km