When the Nissan Qashqai first entered production in 2006, no one could have predicted the impact that it would have on the car-buying masses. Combining the high-riding driving position of an SUV with the exterior dimensions of a more regular-sized hatchback, it marked the birth of what’s widely regarded as the first commercially successful crossover hatchback.
Rivals were quick to launch their own takes on Nissan’s formula for sales success and as consumer appetites for crossovers developed, so have the cars. And this week, we test the latest German-made, design-centred take on the concept: the Volkswagen T-Roc.
This is one of the more athletic-looking and dynamic, driver-focused takes on the crossover hatchback to have emerged of late, enlivening what was previously a rather snooze-inducing segment.
The T-Roc is Volkswagen’s belated first crack at such a car, with the new arrival sitting below the larger Volkswagen Tiguan and Volkswagen Touareg in the company line-up and priced from £20,005. And, boy, does it have its work cut out.