VW’s latest SUV is ready to roc but can it stand out in this crowded segment asks Geraldine Herbert
What is it? The T-Roc is the latest in Volkswagen’s SUV offensive and is designed to appeal to young, trendy buyers.
First impressions of the new VW T-Roc? In the fiercely competitive SUV market Volkswagen need a Cupid like aim to win fans for their new T-Roc.
What about the interior? While stylish and upmarket VW are not known for radical design statements and it lacks the funky appeal of Toyota’s CH-R or the quirkiness of the Citroën C3 Aircross
Under the bonnet? A brief test drive in the 1.5 TSI engine confirms it hits all the right notes – with 150bhp, and a 0-60 of 8.4 seconds – it may not be getaway speed but it has enough oomph to transport your family at a decent pace.
And on the road? Still more engaging is the way in which the car handles. On the road the T-Roc shines and is very good to drive. There is a bit of harsh wind and road noise at motorway speed but overall is fun and lively.
How Much? On the road prices start from £18,950 for the 1.0 ltr TSI.
How Safe? The T-Roc not only emerged from Euro NCAP’s industry standard crash tests with a full five-star rating, it was deemed to be the safest small off roader tested in 2017. What is even more impressive, is that these tests were all conducted with standard equipment as there was no optional safety equipment included.
What are my options? The T-Roc will be offered in S, SE, Design, SEL and R-Line trims, with a generous standard specification throughout. All T-Rocs come with 2Zone electronic climate control; Composition Media infotainment system with eight-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, DAB radio reception, USB connectivity and charging, and 6 x 20W speakers; minimum 16-inch alloy wheels and extensive passive and active safety equipment.
First thoughts of the T-Roc? So who is likely to take the plunge and fall for the charms of the T-Roc. From small families looking for something a little snazzier than a hatchback to style-conscious empty nesters it should certainly appeal. On paper small compact SUVs offer little more than hatchbacks in the way of space or practicality but there is still something very alluring about them. The smart looks of the T-Roc are matched by very impressive driving dynamics and this is where the T-Roc probably does leap ahead of the competition.
3 words to describe the VW T-Roc? Safe; Spacious; Smart
7th February, 2018