The new Volkswagen T-Roc is a crossover SUV that’s been inspired by the success of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. Orders open in October 2017 with prices starting from around £19,000.
How does it look and what engines does it come with?
Despite being an all new car there’s plenty of familiarity when it comes to the T-Roc’s styling features, this is a Volkswagen after all.
The front end is dominated by a big VW badge and wide grill, while the headlights are similar to those found on the Tiguan SUV. The day time running lights are exclusive to the T-Roc but we are led to believe that they will appear on future Volkswagen models later down the line. The T-Roc’s coupe-style roofline and smaller dimensions give it a look that’s more audacious than the Tiguan. At its rear the tailgate is more chic and the number plate sits within the bumper.
The T-Roc is expected to come with a range of familiar turbo petrol and diesel engines ranging from an entry level 1.0 litre TSI up to a range topping 2.0 litre TDI. There’s even talk of a hotter R model while a GTE plug-in hybrid is also a possibility. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available as well as the option of 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
So what’s it like inside?
With the idea behind the T-Roc heavily revolving around the Golf it will come as no surprise that the T-Roc’s interior largely matches that of the Golf’s. The only real difference is with the T-Roc you get a lot more choice when it comes to personalisation, for example you can spec the dashboard trim to be colour coded with the exterior bodywork.
Volkswagen’s latest Active Info Display is also a feature, with customisable digital dials and an infotainment system that comes with a glass-finished touchscreen with full smartphone connectivity. Beats Audio speaker upgrades are also available, as is inductive phone charging.
You might be thinking that due to the stylish nature of the T-Roc practicality has been sacrificed, this however is not true. You’ll find a spacious recess in the roofline that produces more headroom while the boot boasts a decent size of around 445 litres expanding to 1,290 litres when the back seat are down. For comparison, an Audi Q2 boasts 405 litres with the seats up, and 1,050 litres with the seats down.
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