The Volkswagen Group already has an Autocar class leader in the shape of the Ateca, as well as the new Skoda Karoq and Q2. In short, there’s no lack of competition, even in-house.
So what does the T-Roc bring to the (rather crowded) table? For starters, there’s the 187bhp and four-wheel drive of the 2.0 TSI turbocharged petrol model we’re placing under the microscope. Both traits promise performance and handling dynamism that you could almost expect to be GTI-like.
It’s plainly a striking thing to behold, too, being more athletic, elegant, purposeful and interesting in its slightly decorated appearance than the crossover norm, although you’d never call it shouty or over the top.
At £32,750, this T-Roc is not exactly cheap, mind. You’ll shell out less for a like-for-like Ateca (the reigning class leader, remember) and v.
If it’s to justify that tall asking price, it’s going to have to make a solid case for itself in this road test.
Price £32,750 Power 187bhp Torque 236lb ft 0-60mph 6.7sec 30-70mph in fourth 10.1sec Fuel economy 31.1mpg CO2 emissions 155g/km 70-0mph 54.6m
The T-Roc range at a glance
The current line-up has no shortage of choice, with five trim levels, a handful of powertrains, and the option of front- and all-wheel drive. Entry-level S models begin with a 1.0-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel, with each outputting 114bhp and paired to a six-speed manual.
Step-up SE trim cars can be fitted with VW’s more powerful 1.5-litre, 148bhp TSI EVO petrol, which can also be mated to a 7-speed DSG auto, while a 2.0-litre diesel matches it for power. Four-wheel drive begins at SEL trim, with petrol variants using an automatic gearbox but the diesel alternative sticking with a six-speed manual.
Currently the 188bhp, 2.0-litre TSI is the most powerful engine in the range. A true performance version, the T-Roc R, is due imminently with VW’s EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine outputting 296bhp through a part-time Haldex-based all-wheel drive powertrain and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.