What's the used Volkswagen T-Roc hatchback like?
Volkswagen cars are usually eminently sensible things, but they don’t very often excite the soul. Small SUVs, on the other hand, are very desirable at the moment, thanks to their rugged good looks and ease of use. In fact, they're so desirable that Volkswagen actually offers two of them in its range: the chunky T-Cross and this slightly larger T-Roc.
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.