The T-Roc is the VW Golf-sized crossover and surprisingly has been around since 2017.
It certainly is expensive but a great piece of equipment, good to be seen in and completely reliable.
VW are always pretty good with their TV advertising and when you see a father and daughter going off to school in their T-Roc is one of their best pieces of television, and it’s still being used three years down the line. Have a look at it on YouTube.
The T-Roc made its worldwide debut in Italy in the summer of 2017 three after years it was unveiled as a concept car and its main rivals are the Nissan Qashqai, the Mazda CX-3 and the Mini Countryman. On the four VW SUV line-up it is below the Tiguan and above the T-Cross with the grand daddy Touareg heading the bunch.
The entry-level models start at £20,000 while at the top of the range you can easily pay more than £34,000. Expensive? Yes. But when was a VW ever cheap?
With VW having a large engine line-up means there is plenty of choice, but at the moment there’s no hybrid or electric for the T-Roc.
Power for the petrol models go from 115hp for the 1.0-litre via 150hp for the 1.5-litre and 190hp for the top of the range 2.0-litre TSI. On the diesel front there is the 115hp 1.6-litre and 150hp 2.0-litre TDI engines. Low tax because of low CO2, and a longer fuel range makes these a better bet if you’re a private driver doing high mileages.
Fuel economy varies between 35 and 50 mpg depending on your model. I had the 1.5 TSI which gave me 40mpg and on the performance front it was tremendous. Top speed was 127mph with acceleration of zero to 60mph in eight seconds. CO2 emissions are 124g/km.
The T-Roc handles well and Volkswagen say that the car is relatively light because of the way it is constructed.The engines are feisty and the chassis blends fun, control and comfort.
As with all VWs the drive is both quiet and refined, and on the road it is solid and stable.
While it is more expensive than its competitors the T-Roc oozes quality and the others are left behind. The interior is well finished, there’s bags of room in the back with good headroom and a boot which is excellent for size.
The infotainment centre is difficult to beat and there is all the tech available including Volkswagen’s digital instrument display.
While my demonstrator would cost £26,000 on the road the entry level is £6,000 cheaper. And the experts will tell you that’s still good deal.
They say the entry-level model comes with the best engine in the range – the 1.0 TSI. It may only have 115PS and might seem far too small for the T-Roc but it’s got plenty of get up and go. They believe many people will be pleasantly surprised by it.
VW as usual goes to town with various options for your model – alloy wheel colours, matching interior panels etc etc. Is it really necessary? Oh yes say the manufacturers: whatever the customer wants we must give. And I suppose they are right. After all they are Volkswagen, the world’s No 1 producer of motor cars and they have standards to maintain.