Our T-Roc test car certainly came in a form in which you’d expect it to do well in this section, fitted with optional Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive damping and variable-ratio steering, both of which are features denied to many of its rivals.
But the car deploys those technologies to its advantage particularly successfully. The T-Roc’s breadth and range of dynamic ability is quite something.
Select that Sport driving mode and the handling becomes crisper, keener and more inspiring than that of any of its competitors.
Select Comfort instead and its ride becomes pleasingly supple and absorptive. We’ve seen cars in this class capable of one or other before, but none has done both quite as well.
Equally pleasing to find, however, is the predictability and linearity of response that continues to mark out Volkswagen’s own cars from those of its peers.
Although the T-Roc’s variable-ratio steering is quick, it doesn’t gather pace in a way that surprises you off-centre; and although it doesn’t have the sort of weight that would make it feel unwieldy to some, it’s heavy enough to feel nicely comprehensible.
So the car is at once easy to manoeuvre at low speeds but also intuitive-handling, agile, controlled and generally encouraging when it’s whipped along. In none of its dynamic modes does the car lack a sense of measured, road-appropriate maturity, either.