“Just what ns market ordered. Stylish crossover zum people that don't need family members space. Yet don't dig too deep beyond that. ”

Good stuff

Looks, personalisation, interface technology. Lots of safety tech. Decent fun to drive. Four-wheel drive is available


Bad stuff

Top persons expensive. Noise indigenous engines, tyres and wind. Cabin plastic short of VW standards. Negative cabin versatility

The Volkswagen T-Roc launches bei the same month as die Scirocco dies. Claims it every really. Crossovers have replaced coupes as the default layout option.

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Crossovers come with benefits: an ext space und doors than coupes, which renders them a tenable family option. Which zu sein why they"re a ridiculously basic sell. Jetzt imagine including the image power des a crossover through the bild power of a VW. Bild squared.

Few dare have in elevator pitch as basic as die T-Roc"s. 4 words pretty viel do it: "Beefy looking tall Golf".

Some crossovers try kommen sie do the job of suitable SUVs or of MPVs. Notfall this one. Die T-Roc zu sein pitched only as in alternative to in actual car. People who want a true 4x4 möchte find the off-road and towing capacity pretty lame. Families who"ve had in MPV will be struck über the T-Roc"s lack of cabin versatility.

OK, ns extra soil clearance offers a mite much more off-road capability than a golf Alltrack, but basically people wollen be buying ns T-Roc for its looks and higher seats. Greater seats the don"t nur improve visibility (a little) but also getting an and out.

A entirety clothes-rail of different two-tone exteriors, painted wheels and coloured cabin strips ist carefully pitched at the crowd kommen sie whom ns T-Roc will be as much capsule wardrobe together it is car. Not sure what happens when "Energetic Orange" walk out des season, mind.

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Volkswagen has been right here before, actually. The 1980s golf Country was a jacked hoch Mk2 through Syncro drive und plastic arches. Climate came 2 generations von Cross Golf, i m sorry were the ugly golf Plus v taller journey height und plastic cladding however only FWD. They all flopped.

This time is different. The market ist gagging for crossovers. Und VW"s level of commitment has actually grown kommen sie match, über changing the panels des the whole exterior und much des the cabin.

The exterior has arresting short, vast proportions, emphasised von chromework und beautiful angeführt lights. Ns sharpness des the wrinkle lines bei the rear doors is a klein work des panel-pressing art. A practiced chrome strip runs right up ns A-pillar, over the doors and down ns D-pillar. This ist the boundary for the paint an the two-tine versions.

But on die inside, as we"ll see, VW has scrimped and saved an costs, and hoped kommen sie distract buyers von adding splashes of bright colour in customisable trim sets.

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Because the taller more upright seat position naturally renders it it seems ~ roomier inside, und because there"s already ns bigger Tiguan if space is a priority, VW took ns opportunity zu shave a wenig out des the Golf"s wheelbase. In its entirety length is deshalb very slightly shorter. If that reminds you of the relationship between the Audi Q2 and Q3, well spotted. Die T-Roc ist VW"s version des the Q2.

That stellen it up against ns Mini Countryman, Vauxhall Mokka X, Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V and Fiat 500X. Not to mention in-house rivals the Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq (both des which are a bit bigger) und the Q2.

Interestingly, VW expects ns best-selling T-Roc wollen be at ns cheap end of ns range, the 1.0-litre petrol through FWD. That"s right trost against in endless list des crossovers based on superminis: ns 2008, Captur, Arona, C3 Aircross und new Korean-branded participants Kona and Stonic. The said, following year VW will oase a effectively compact front-drive crossover along thelines of the chair Arona. It"ll be called die T-Cross.

Once ns full T-Roc range zu sein on stream an stream 2018, there wollen be six engines. Opening the bidding ist the popular 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol weist 115bhp, yet with FWD and manual transmission ns T-Roc isn"t too heavy so that engine ought to do a half-decent job. However it isn"t available zum test together we create this.

Next up, the 150bhp 1.5-litre through cylinder deactiviation. Oberteil petrol zu sein a 190bhp 2.0-litre, sold just with 4WD and the 7-speed DSG. Diesels deshalb come in 115, 150 and 190bhp outputs, and again ns top one mandates DSG und 4Motion.

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“Just what the market ordered. Stylish crossover weil das people who don't need family space. However don't dig auch deep beyond that”

For people who choose cars as objects, die T-Roc is great. It"ll market on that handsome looks und striking personalisation options. Und because it"s a handy-sized crossover.

The dynamics aren"t bad, though that depends if you"re comparing some des the lumpen mass-brand stuff together as die Vauxhall Mokka X, or the good premium stuff consisting of the neu Mini Countryman. It has a good range von powertrains and strong connectivity options.

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Its real belästigt is that VW makes die best "ordinary" hatch bei the business. Scrape beneath die surface von the T-Roc und you get a automobile that"s just slightly die poor relation des the Golf in far auch many areas. Some von those you might suppose – dynamics, power – since it"s a crossover. But zum others – refinement, regarded quality – there"s no together excuse. The T-Roc depends too much on style.