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  cars have autonomous emergency braking 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 SE and above models are front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control, which is a nice touch from Volkswagen.

 

The T-Roc is available in ‘S’, ‘SE’, ‘Design’, ‘SE-L’ and R-Line. ‘S’ cars have 16 inch alloy wheels 8 inch touchscreen (no Carplay) and 2 zone electronic air conditioning, The SE is the pick for value and standard equipment, 17 inch alloy wheels, 8-inch screen with Carplay/Android mirroring (no need for a sat nav, run it off your phone), black roof rails, adaptive cruise control 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, 10.3 inch active display instruments and 18 inch alloy wheels.The R-Line sports up your T-Roc with 19 inch alloy wheels, heated front sports seats and R-Line specific front & rear bumpers.

 

 

The engines for the T-Roc are petrol only comprising a  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 has been removed from the Scheme mid January. 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 46.3 miles per gallon. The 1.5 can reach 62 mph in 8.3 seconds and return 44.8 miles per gallon. The 2.0 litre 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 36.2 miles per gallon. Prices start at Nil Advance payment for the 1.0 litre manual in SE trim.

Full VW Prices here

Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen T-Roc ‘R-Line petrol 1.5 (148 bhp) Manual –  £999 Advance Payment (£69.85 wpms) or £1499 (£376 wpms) as an Automatic

Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen T-Roc ‘SE-L’ petrol 1.5 (148 bhp) Manual –  £499 Advance Payment (£66.84 wpms)

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