An introduction to the VW T-Roc

The market for small SUVs has expanded rapidly in the last couple of years. Sparked by early entrants such as the Nissan Juke, most major manufacturers now have an entry in this sector.

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It is easy to see why this type of vehicle is popular, with its higher seating position and distinctive looks, and it is no surprise that SUVs have begun to outsell more traditional models. Volkswagen was a little late joining this market, with the T-Roc not appearing until 2017, but this has enabled it to produce a versatile and practical car that could well be one of the best in its class.

Inside and out

The T-Roc’s exterior styling is not especially distinctive – there are echoes of similar cars, such as the Kia Stonic – but it is smart and stylish and will appeal to people who do not like the more extreme appearance of competitors such as the Renault Captur or Nissan Juke. It is available with two-tone paint to add a little extra distinction. R-Line models have larger alloy wheels, a body kit and sports suspension.

Inside, it is very much a VW. The switches and displays are familiar from other models in the range and the solid feel and quality materials are what we expect from the German marque, although T-Roc models for Europe are built in Portugal.

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The raised seating position gives a commanding view of the road, while an eight-inch touchscreen puts the entertainment functions at your fingertips. Air con is standard across the range. VWs are always popular with used car buyers, so dealers will want to visit a broker such as to make sure their motor trade insurance is up to date and they can get the T-Roc in front of their customers.

Under the skin

The T-Roc shares most of its mechanicals with the Seat Ateca. There is a choice of 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel engines; however, the big sellers are expected to be the turbocharged petrol models. These come in 1.0-, 1.5- and 2.0-litre capacities.

The T-Roc can be either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, although the latter is not on offer with all engines, and there is a choice of a manual gearbox or the seven-speed DSG transmission. Even the base models get safety features such as city emergency braking and lane keeping assist.

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