The T-Roc is a small family car that blends the high driving position and big boot of an SUV with the economical engines from a conventional small car. It is quite expensive, however…
The Volkswagen T-Roc is a funky looking small SUV that tries to inject some fun into VW’s smart and sensible image. It comes with plenty of personalisation options and an all-important high driving position that gives you a great view out. You can think of it as a posher alternative to the Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona and Citroen C3 Aircross.
Unfortunately, while it might look quite upmarket on the outside there are plenty of cheap-feeling plastics inside the T-Roc. The design is interesting at least, and you can get some bright body-coloured dashboard inserts but they’re only standard in mid-range models.
Also brightening things up is VW’s sharp and responsive eight-inch infotainment screen, which is standard on all T-Rocs. Pick a mid-range Design car and you’ll even get smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices. This is handy because you can use these systems to display your phone’s satellite navigation app on the T-Roc’s screen, saving you from upgrading to a top-spec model to get VW’s own built-in sat-nav.
Whichever version of the T-Roc you pick, you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out in the front, and just about enough back-seat space for a six-foot-tall passenger to sit behind an equally tall driver. That said, a Citroen C3 Aircross is roomier for tall passengers, and the VW’s narrow middle seat means it isn’t great for carrying three adults abreast.
So it might not be the best for carrying four passengers, but at least the T-Roc’s boot is pretty spacious. There’s easily enough room for a baby buggy and some soft bags with the back seats up and just as much space as in the Citroen with them folded flat.
The T-Roc might share some mechanical bits and bobs with the Golf but its eye-catching styling and funky interior mean you won’t easily mistake it for a humdrum hatchback
If you regularly fill the boot and carry lots of passengers, you’ll want to consider one of the VW’s two diesel engines. They’re more powerful than the petrols, quieter at motorway speeds and fairly frugal, too.
If you spend more time driving in town one of the two petrols will quieter and cheaper to run. 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 C3 Aircross.
You can also rest easy knowing the T-Roc comes with all the latest safety tech to help protect you in the event of an accident. As a result, it’s certainly worth considering if you’re looking for a small family car that looks sharp and comes with plenty of big-car kit in an eye-catching package.
For an in-depth look at the VW T-Roc, read our following in-depth interior, driving and specs pages.