Volkswagen T-Roc (2018) Review
Volkswagen T-Roc (2018) At A Glance
Comfortable and refined on the move. Available with lots of personalisation options. High quality feel throughout. Entry-level 1.0 TSI engine is excellent.
Not as fun to drive as the SEAT Arona. Hardly the most daring of designs. Issues with 1.5 TSI Evo engine.
- New prices start from £22,595, brokers can source from £20,552
- Contract hire deals from £189.97 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 13–23
- On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure
It was only a matter of time before Volkswagen went all-in on the crossover craze, although you could say it's late to the party. The T-Roc is its Golf-sized crossover and a rival to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and MINI Countryman - both of which have already been around for several years.
And if you're expecting something edgy in terms of design, you may be disappointed by the T-Roc. It's neat rather than daring and although Volkswagen talks of it bringing an 'expressive, even sassy, design to the streets' (their words), we think the T-Roc is a little conservative.
It's not cheap either - entry-level models start at £20,000 while at the top of the range you're looking at more than £34k. For that you're well into Audi Q3 and BMW X1 territory.
Fortunately, the entry-level model comes with that we think is the best engine in the range - the 1.0 TSI. It may only have 115PS and seem far too small for a car like the T-Roc but it's got plenty of get up and go. We think many people will be pleasantly surprised by it. That's handy as there have been ongoing issues for some owners of 1.5 TSI models which Volkswagen has yet to resolve.
What the T-Roc does offer is quality. It's incredibly quiet and refined, it rides well and it feels like a reassuringly solid and stable car. The interior is well finished, albeit with some harder plastics than we expect, but the infotainment is excellent and there's lots of tech available including Volkswagen's digital instrument display, allowing the driver to customise the instrument binnacle.
It also has a good sized boot with a slightly bigger cargo capacity than a Nissan Qashqai. The rear seats offer decent space too with good headroom, although with the front seats all the way back, leg room for those in the back is on the tight side.
Like the Up, the T-Roc has a wide choice of personalisation options, with contrasting paintwork (orange with a brown roof anyone?), coloured alloy wheels and colour matching interior panels and trim. So you can really go to town and make your T-Roc your own. Or just order a silver one.
There's much to like about the T-Roc, most notably its refinement and comfort. It's not the last word in excitement when it comes to driving, but it's very capable nontheless. With a good sized boot it has appeal for family buyers. The SEAT Arona is better value, but the Volkswagen has that bit more quality to just about justify the price.
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