What's the used Volkswagen T-Roc hatchback like?
Volkswagen cars are usually eminently sensible things that offer customers a well-built and practical vehicle. But they don’t often excite the soul. Small SUVs, on the other hand, are very desirable at the moment. So what better way to jazz up the VW range than to produce a handsome small SUV?
There are three petrol engines and one 2.0-litre diesel unit to chose from. The entry-level 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol has a useful 114bhp and makes relatively easy work of motivating the T-Roc. If you regularly drive five up, there's the 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol for not much more money. Need four-wheel drive? Go for a top-of-the-range 2.0-litre petrol or diesel engine.
Equipment that's fitted as standard from entry-level S trim includes dual-zone climate control, electric windows, electric door mirrors, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror, automatic lights and wipers and 16in alloy wheels. But we'd advise at least going for SE trim, because it adds, among other things, adaptive cruise control, 17in alloy wheels, a front armrest, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power-folding door mirrors, plus the front and rear parking sensors and upgraded infotainment features we mentioned earlier.
However, the best trim is Design; it's not a great deal pricier but brings a wider range of personalisation options and styling add-ons, including twin chrome-effect trapezoid-exhaust surrounds and contrasting roof and door mirror colours (those tweaks tend to help bolster resale values), as well as privacy glass and interior ambient lighting.
SEL models get 18in alloys, LED headlights, an uprated infotainment system with sat-nav and the Active Info Display screen that replaces traditional dials. The United model comes with 17in alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, ’UNITED’ badging and a matching welcome light. The Black Edition trim merely adds a number of black styling pieces, including a darkened finish to the wheels, front grille, window surrounds, side skirts and door mirror surrounds. It also gets black exhaust tailpipes, LED headlights, daytime running lights and grey contrast stitching throughout the interior. R-Line brings a much sportier look, with lowered suspension, 19in alloy wheels, unique badging and a body kit. There’s also heated front sports seats and heated washer jets.
The T-Roc is good to drive, with light but progressively weighted steering and a comfortable ride that soaks up the worst of our potholed roads. The gearbox is nice and slick, and helps you make the most of the performance available in some of the smaller engines. The car grips well in corners, too.
Space is good in a T-Roc, although five is a bit of a squeeze due to a small middle perch and a transmission tunnel that gets in the way in the rear. The boot is big, though, and can take plenty of holiday suitcases. However, T-Rocs with four-wheel drive have smaller boots than ones without because the floor has to be raised to accommodate all the extra mechanical gubbins below.
The dashboard is a bit of a disappointment because there is not one piece of soft-touch plastic anywhere. This is a bit of a shock, since most of the T-Roc’s rivals manage to provide even just a sliver of yielding plastic. There is plenty of equipment, though. Every T-Roc has an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, 16in alloy wheels, automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assistance.
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