Volkswagen T-Roc

The Volkswagen T-Roc is the latest compact SUV to join the Motability Scheme. It is built up from the Volkswagen Golf, as is the Audi Q2, unlike the Seat Arona which is built up from the Volkswagen Polo, making the T-Roc larger than the Arona (and slightly larger that the Q2) and sitting between the Nissan Juke and the Nissan Qashqai for size. Ultimately the T-Roc is a funky looking SUV that injects some fun into VW’s smart and sensible image, it offers all the good things from the Golf, comfort, fun to drive, excellent levels of safety and standard equipment, but you sit higher up and it has more room and offers a bigger boot (445 litres compared to 380) . On bumpy city streets the T-Roc irons out potholes impressively well and it’s just as relaxing to drive on long journeys as the slightly smaller, but taller Citroen C3 Aircross.

 

The T-Roc has pushed up the standard for safety, it received the coveted five stars from NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), with a 96% for adult protection and 87% for children, rating it among the best on the market. To avoid collisions altogether all T-Roc’s have autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front when travelling at speed and Lane assist which uses cameras to monitor the road markings and prevents unintentional lane deviations which only intervenes if the indicators are not used. Also standard on all models are front and rear parking sensors, which is a nice touch from Volkswagen.

 

The T-Roc is being released in stages, there will be an entry level ‘S’ and sporty ‘R-Line’ joining soon but presently the line up is ‘SE’, ‘Design’ and ‘SE-L’. The SE is the pick for value and standard equipment, 17 inch alloy wheels, 2 zone climate control, 8-inch screen with Carplay/Android mirroring (no need for a sat nav, run it off your phone), black roof rails, adaptive cruise and front and rear parking sensors. Design spec adds a contrast roof colour, sport bumpers, ambient lighting and privacy glass. SE-L has LED headlights with signature LED daytime running lights, built-in sat nav, active display instruments and 18 inch alloy wheels.

 

 

The engines for the T-Roc are also being released in stages, presently only three petrol variants are avaialble, the 1.0 litre 113bhp three cylinder and 148bhp 1.5 litre (with cylinder shut off) are front wheel drive manual only while the 2.0 litre 187 bhp is four wheel drive automatic only, and very expensive. The 1.0 litre petrol does a better job than you would expect and can get the T-Roc to 62 miles per hour in just 10.1 seconds and return a claimed economy of 55.4 miles per gallon. The 1.5 can reach 62 mph in 8.3 seconds and return 53,3 miles per gallon. The SE-L only 7 speed dual clutch DSG Automatic is a fast car, 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds, which for a four wheel drive car is impressive, economy does dip to 41.5 miles per gallon.

Aside from there not being a diesel engine option or an affordable Automatic the T-Roc should be at the top of your shortlist. These are the only T-Roc’s available presently, we favour the 1.0 engine for value:

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen T-Roc ‘SE’ petrol 1.0 (113 bhp) 6 speed Manual  –  £399 Advance Payment (£63.52 wpms) or £599 (£64.84 wpms) in Design trim

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen T-Roc ‘SE’ petrol 1.5 (148 bhp) 6 speed Manual  –  £1199 Advance Payment (£117 wpms) or £1399 (£317 wpms) in Design trim or £1999 (£917 wpms) in SE-L

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen T-Roc ‘SE’ petrol 2.0 (187 bhp) 7 speed Automatic All Wheel Drive  –  £3749 Advance Payment (£2667 wpms)

For a in-depth look at the T-Roc from the RAC click here