At this price level our favourite small SUV, the Seat Arona, is simply too cheap to be considered a rival, not to mention there's no all-wheel-drive Arona on sale. Hyundai's range-topping automatic, petrol, all-wheel-drive Kona comes close, but is still £4000 less expensive.
So, that leaves the AWD, automatic versions of the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman as direct competition, but both these cars feel far more grown up inside and the Mini in particular offers considerably more space and practicality.
It remains true, then, that while the T-Roc is a great small SUV, it's best kept cheap, where its space is more competitive, its impressive drive stands out and its disappointing dashboard less obvious. As such, VW's lesser trims paired with its 1.0 TSI petrol engine still make far more sense to us.
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Volkswagen T-Roc 2.0 TDI 150 4Motion SEL
Price £28,345 Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel Power 148bhp at 3500-4000rpm Torque 251lb ft at 1750-3000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 8.7sec Top speed 124mph Official economy 56.5mpg CO2, tax band 132g/km, 28%
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