Thanks to its surprisingly direct off-centre steering response and a fairly modest footprint, the T-Roc Cabriolet feels quite wieldy and agile at urban speeds.
It nips around junctions and roundabouts with a little bit of keenness; and while the low-speed ride can be more clunky and rough than really suits a car of this brief (those optional adaptive dampers certainly don’t offset the impact of the sports suspension and 19in wheels on secondary ride isolation), you nevertheless feel a little encouraged that there may be some enjoyment to be had on an open road.
The encouragement is predictably short-lived. As speeds increase, the T-Roc’s ability to superficially cover for its weight and its raised centre of gravity quickly evaporates; and meanwhile, the limits of the car’s torsional rigidity – which, for the most part, seems good enough at low speeds – begin to present themselves.
Lateral body control doesn’t ever deteriorate too much, but the car’s grip level and handling response have little of the sharpness that was promised at pootling pace. The chassis rolls hard enough and ‘thinks’ for just long enough on turn-in to make you aware of the heft of its construction. But it’s the unsettled, unchecked pitching and bouncing of the car, and its fussy primary ride on a slightly testing A-road, that will put a lid on your enjoyment more tellingly.
Whether you put those dampers in Sport mode or not, the car just doesn’t have much composure at speed. Of more importance to owners will be the way in which ride comfort deteriorates as speeds increase, with sharper inputs eliciting the occasional shudder from the chassis, and body flex particularly evident in the way in which the rear headrests shimmy away in the rear-view mirror, slightly but perceptibly, to a beat all of their own.