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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc 2.0 TSI 190 review – verdict

We already know the Volkswagen T-Roc is a fine small SUV if you’re spending circa Β£21,000. Does it still make sense if you add Β£10k to that bill?

Words By Will Nightingale

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We won’t beat around the proverbial bush; good though this range-topping T-Roc is to drive, it isn’t a great way to spend more than Β£31k of your hard-earned. Nope, if you’ve got this much cash in the bank and want a powerful petrol SUV, the Seat Ateca 2.0 TSI 190 FR offers far more for less.

But what if you’re buying on PCP finance? Well, put down a Β£3000 deposit and you’ll pay Β£500 a month over the next three years. That might not sound quite so terrifying, but the fact that an Audi Q2 with the same engine costs Β£412 under the same terms and the Ateca 2.0 TSI 190 FR will set you back a mere Β£396 makes this particular T-Roc impossible to recommend.

Our advice is either stick with the cheaper petrol models (particularly the 1.0 TSI but also the 1.5 TSI) or look elsewhere.

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Seat Ateca 2.0 TSI 190

VW T-Roc 2.0 TSI 190 review

Price Β£31,485 Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol Power 188bhp at tbc Torque 236lb ft at 1500-4180rpm Gearbox 7-spd auto 0-62mph 7.2sec Top speed 134mph Official economy 41.5mpg CO2, tax band 155g/km, 30%

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