A great family car in Volkswagen’s T-Roc

Posted on: 10th December, 2018

Category: Motoring

Contributor: Sean Creedon

Volkswagen has great hopes for their T-Roc, which was launched earlier this year. Longterm the German manufacturers expect that their attractive SUV could outsell the evergreen Golf.

Have you noticed how many young people now say that they are ‘rocking-up’ to venues rather than going to visit a place or event and the name T-Roc is certainly a catchy one for a new car. It’s a chunky-looking SUV with fresh styling and in the VW range, comes in just below their Tiguan.

The car is built on the same platform as the Tiguan and Golf and naturally there are lots of common components. Built in Portugal it’s aimed at a young audience and many of these young buyers are expected to ‘rock up’ to their local VW dealer in time for the 191 offers.

Some people in the motoring trade are saying that the T-Roc might prove as popular with car buyers as the Nissan Qashqai. But we will have to wait and see if that happens. Apart from young buyers, I think VW could also attract more mature customers who are currently driving a Polo or Golf

Externally it looks great, whether viewed from the front, which has a big, wide grille; side-on; or from the rear, which has coupe-like styling. There is the option of a two-tone paint thanks to the contrast-coloured roof, but my test model had a panoramic sun-roof.

You could opt for a funky-looking two tone colour if you wish, but again that would increase the cost. I remember Opel offering similar personalisation options with their Adam, but you have to bear in mind that when trading in, the second owner might not be as keen on your colour combinations.

Inside you will know that you are driving a VW as the controls on the dash will remind you of other cars in the VW range, like the Polo, Golf. There is an impressive eight-inch touch screen on the dash with Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility.

The seats are comfortable and a touch of white on the front and rear seats, plus red stitching does really brighten the interior decor. You could, maybe at a squeeze, accommodate three adults in the back seat. But the middle seat in the back is small and it would probably be more comfortable with just two adults in there. Leg room could be a problem for a tall back seat passenger.

The boot is a decent size and the good news is that you get a spare wheel, albeit a ‘mini’ spare, but still much better than a repair kit.

Prices start at €24,750, which is about the same as the starting price of the Ford Focus. Naturally the price will rise if you opt for extras and believe me there are a plethora of extras available. My test car, which was very highly speced, came in at €42,966. Available in 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrol plus 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel. Then you have a choice of: ‘Sport,’ 4Motion or 7-speed DSG automatic.

The T-Roc was very comfortable to drive and travel in and it also impressed family members. I really liked it and my wife, who sometimes has difficulty climbing on board SUVs, said she found it very easy to get in and out.

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