It’d be difficult to mistake the T-Roc for anything other than a Volkswagen.
As with almost all medium-sized VW Group products, the T-Roc makes use of the familiar MQB architecture. It’s a compact car by mid-sized crossover standards.
Dimensionally, the T-Roc’s 4234mm length makes it 252mm shorter than its Tiguan big brother but also 129mm shorter than an Ateca – and shorter than the Seat in the wheelbase, too.
Compactness is part of VW’s positioning of the T-Roc as a sportier, better-looking and more desirable kind of crossover.
And helping the T-Roc live up to this billing elsewhere is its relatively wide, low-slung stance, being suggestive of the dynamism that’s still tellingly hard to find in the wider crossover hatchback segment.
Four engines were available from launch: three petrols and a solitary diesel. The petrol line-up consists of a three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI that churns out 113bhp and four-cylinder 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI Evo and 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrols. The 2.0-litre TDI diesel also produces 148bhp. A 113bhp 1.6-litre TDI then expanded the choice shortly after.