2018 Volkswagen T-Roc review – verdict

The Volkswagen T-Roc is the company's smallest, funkiest and most affordable SUV yet. But is it any good?...

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Steve Huntingford
13 Oct 2016 20:20 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

The new T-Roc is a likeable thing, blending its distinctive looks with easy driving manners and a comfortable ride. And it has the potential to be even more appealing with the smaller, more affordable petrol engines.

Just bear in mind that for the same sort of money you can have the sportier and more spacious Ateca, and that the T-Roc doesn't offer the interior quality advantages that you'd expect.

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Rated 4 out of 5

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Volkswagen T-Roc 2.0 TDI 150 4Motion DSG

Price from £31,000 (est) Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, turbo, diesel Power 148bhp @ 3500-4000rpm Torque 251lb ft @ 1750-3000rpm Gearbox 7-spd automatic 0-62mph 8.4sec Top speed 124mph Official economy 55.4mpg CO2, tax band 133g/km, 28%

The best and worst small SUVs of 2017

Pretty much every mainstream manufacturer offers at least one small SUV these days. Here we count down the top 10 that the T-Roc has to beat – and reveal the models to avoid.

10. Kia Soul

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc review – verdict

The Soul is more of a jacked-up hatchback than a fully fledged SUV. However, it still offers many of the benefits buyers in this market are looking for – it's competitively priced and its interior is roomy and well equippped. All of the Soul's engines could be more efficient and quiet, though, and there's plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. There's a fully electric version to consider if you'll mainly be driving in town.

Our pick: 1.6 GDi 2

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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc review – verdict

While high-end versions are pricey, the Q3 is a desirable choice in this market, with a high quality interior. It's also good to drive and relatively inexpensive to run, with engines that are mostly smooth and strong.

Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE

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8. Suzuki Vitara

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc review – verdict

Compact on the outside but spacious inside, the Vitara is an easy car to live with. There's lots of standard kit on offer and it's relatively practical. It's just a pity that its petrol engines' CO2 emissions are unusually high for this class.

Our pick: 1.6 SZ4

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