You can choose between 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines, and there's a 2.0-litre diesel option, too. Volkswagen expects 80% of British T-Rocs to be petrol-powered.
More specifically, it's the entry-level 114bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine that's expected to be the biggest seller in the UK. The turbocharged three-cylinder unit is surprisingly punchy and can hold its own on motorways and A-roads – we reckon it's the pick of the line-up.
If you want some extra oomph from your petrol T-Roc, it's worth looking at the 148bhp 1.5-litre engine. It is noticeably quicker and more flexible than the 1.0, cutting the 0-62mph time down by almost two seconds. The price hike from the 1.0 to the 1.5 is reasonable, while the difference in claimed fuel economy is surprisingly small.
The flagship 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol is unlikely to sell in big numbers because it's so expensive. It's as strong as you'd hope, but isn't really necessary given how good the other two petrols are.
We’ve also tried the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which pulls from low revs, keeping gearchanges to a minimum. Again, though, it is very pricey.