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Round-Up: Engine added to T-Cross range, VW Up returns, Commuters lose five days a year in traffic

Engine added to T-Cross range


Volkswagen has added its 1.5-litre 150hp petrol engine to its T-Cross crossover range, with the new engine becoming the range-topper.

VW said the unit returns 44.0 mpg on the combined WLTP cycle while emitting 145-148g/km of CO2 depending on specification.

This new engine will be offered on the SEL and R-Line trims, and will be available with a seven-speed DSG transmission, bringing the number of engine and gearbox configurations for the T-Cross up to a total of six, the brand added.

The 1.5-litre T-Cross starts at £24,910 RRP OTR in SEL specification, or from £26,810 RRP OTR for sportier R-Line trim. Both variants get front and rear parking sensors, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Front Assist, LED headlights and an 8.0-inch Discover Navigation infotainment system as standard, as well as two USB ports in the rear of the car. The R-Line trim adds sportier exterior styling, 18-inch ‘Nevada’ alloy wheels and a 10.25-inch Active Info Display for the driver.

VW Up returns

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Volkswagen’s Up city car has returned to UK shores following what the brand described as a “short hiatus” from sale.

Three powertrains are offered – a 115hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine in the range-topping Up GTI, a 60hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder power plant and the all-electric e-Up model, which offers a range of 162 miles.

Prices for the entry-level model start from £12,440 while the GTI costs from £15,895. Prices for the e-Up have not been confirmed at this stage.

Commuters lose five days a year in traffic

Traffic congestion

Commuters lost, on average 2.7 hours a week due to travel disruption or delays, equating to 125 hours, or over five whole days, in the course of a working year.

This is according to the CBI, which posted the figures as it launched its The Future of Commuting campaign, whereby the business group is working with KPMG to “highlight the need to improve transport infrastructure across the UK, and make commuting greener, more affordable and more reliable for communities across the country.”