New Volkswagen T-Roc Review

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  • Lots of kit
  • Funky styling
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Feels cheap in places
  • Alternatives are roomer...
  • ...and cost less to buy
41.5 - 64.2
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115 - 155 g/km
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The VW T-Roc is a small, stylish SUV with a high-tech interior and a big boot, but alternatives are cheaper to buy and come with more space for back-seat passengers.

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You can think of the VW T-Roc as a taller and arguably more stylish alternative to a run-of-the-mill Golf hatchback. It’s worth considering if a raised driving position and eye-catching looks are more important to you than outright running costs. It comes with just as much high-tech kit as the Golf, but it isn’t quite as practical as some more affordable SUVs.

That being said, the VW T-Roc looks more upmarket than the likes of the Hyundai Kona and the Citroen C4 Cactus. High-spec cars come with cool hexagonal daytime running lights and every model gets a broad grille and slim headlights which look like they’ve been pinched from the posh VW Arteon saloon. Overall, the grown-up T-Roc makes the rather fussy Hyundai Kona and bulbous Citroen C4 Cactus look like blown-up children’s toys.

That’s not to say the VW T-Roc is without a sense of fun. There are plenty of snazzy two-tone paint jobs for you to choose from and you can further explore the limits of good taste with a range of orange, blue and yellow interior trim packs.

Stick to relatively subtle colour combinations and the VW T-Roc’s cabin is a very nice place to spend time – especially if you’re into your gizmos. The VW T-Roc comes with an 8-inch touchscreen as standard and all but entry-level cars come with smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android phones. You can even get it with a slick 10-inch digital screen in place of conventional analogue dials.

You should consider the VW T-Roc if you need the practicality and economy of a family hatchback but fancy something with more eye-catching looks and a raised driving position.

Mat Watson
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It’s a shame, then, that the VW T-Roc’s cabin doesn’t feel quite as posh as all its fancy features would suggest. There are lots of hard, scratchy plastics and leather seats are an expensive optional extra, even in top-spec cars.

It’s not just the seats that leave a little to be desired, the VW T-Roc’s cabin isn’t particularly spacious, either. Sure, there’s enough room for four six-footers, but tall adults will feel more comfortable in a Citroen C4 Cactus – especially in the back. It’s not all bad news, though – the VW T-Roc has one of the biggest boots of any small SUV and it’s dead easy to load very bulky luggage with the back seats folded flat.

The VW T-Roc’s punchy 2.0-litre diesel engines will have no trouble hauling a boot-load of rubbish to the tip, but they come solely with four-wheel drive so they aren’t particularly economical. For nipping through town you’ll want a smaller 1.0-litre petrol model, or there’s a more powerful 1.5-litre petrol if you fancy something a bit perkier.

The optional automatic gearbox is definitely worth considering – especially if you spend a lot of time in traffic jams – but the optional larger alloy wheels are an option you might want to avoid. Without them, the VW T-Roc does an impressive job ironing out bumps around town and you won’t hear a great deal of unpleasant noise at motorway speeds, either.

Go for an automatic version and you can get the VW T-Roc with a bunch of driver assistance systems to help make long drives feel like a walk in the park, too. All these extra features do cost extra, however, so check out our VW T-Roc deals to see how much you can save on one.

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