Round-Up: Ducato updated for 2019, 48hr e-Golf test drives, T-Cross gains diesel option

Fiat updates Ducato van

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Fiat has updated its best-selling van, the Ducato, for 2019, with the addition of improved diesel engines, a new nine-speed automatic transmission and a new infotainment system.

The Ducato is now powered by a new 2.3-litre diesel unit which comes in 120hp, 140hp and 180hp guises.

From the second half of the year, the Ducato range will feature a new infotainment system which is mated to a 7-inch touchscreen by Mopar with USB port and Radio DAB tuner. Meanwhile, the in-built navigation system allows the vehicle’s dimensions to be inputted so that the system can provide routes that avoid streets which are not suitable for the size of the vehicle.

It is on sale now, priced from £24,670 excl. VAT.

VW offers 48-hour e-Golf test drives

Volkswagen e-Golf 2017

Volkswagen is offering prospective e-Golf owners a two-day test-drive in order to allow them more time to get to know the vehicle.

The brand said the move to offer the vehicle for longer “shows a commitment to EV buyers”, however, it is not the first car maker to offer 48-hour test-drives, as sister brand Seat offers the same service for fleet customers.

Tim O’Donovan, electric vehicle product marketing manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The charm of the e-Golf is it has all of the talents of the familiar Golf hatch, with the simple addition of an electric powertrain.  What the new 48-hour test drive offers is the chance for people to learn first-hand how simply the e-Golf will fit into their lives. The two-day experience lets people challenge the e-Golf with all sorts of scenarios particular to their car needs, and for the e-Golf to demonstrate its numerous qualities.”

VW adds diesel to T-Cross line-up

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Volkswagen has expanded the T-Cross line-up with the addition of a 1.6-litre diesel engine.

Introduced in 95hp form, the engine returns 52.9mpg and emits 140g/km of CO2.

Claire Haynes, T-Cross product manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The T-Cross is a car designed for the challenges and trials of family life, so it needs to be flexible, practical and offer an abundance of choices to tackle almost any combination of requirements. Adding a diesel engine option into the UK’s new T-Cross line-up is yet another way that our new compact SUV can offer more of that flexibility, choice and convenience.”