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Volkswagen T-Roc: Everything You Need To Know

Volkswagen has broadened its SUV range with the all-new T-Roc compact SUV. The T-Roc is aimed at a more youthful customer, hoping to broaden the appeal of Volkswagen with younger drivers. Here's everything you need to know about the Volkswagen T-Roc.

The number of SUVs on UK roads has soared over the past few years, with every manufacturer trying to fill every variant in the SUV market; now it's Volkswagen's turn again. VW already has a few SUVs of their own, although, we haven't seen a compact SUV from them, until now.

The T-Roc is aimed at a more youthful customer, taking inspiration from Volkswagen's new design language as well as having a few design quirks of its own. In short, the T-Roc is a youthful, yet modern compact crossover that could potentially have a lot to offer.

Here's everything you need to know about the new Volkswagen T-Roc.

Volkswagen T-Roc: Pricing and Release Date

Today - 3 October 2017 - Volkswagen has announced that selected versions of the T-Roc will be available to order, starting from £20,425 OTR.

An initial 1,000 new T-Rocs will be on offer which will be the first in the UK when deliveries begin in December.

The T-Roc will come in at a fraction of the cost of Audi's Q2, with the T-Roc holding a price-tag of around £20,000, quite a bit more than the Volkswagen Polo.

Volkswagen T-Roc: Exterior and Design

The T-Roc takes inspiration from various other vehicle's already in Volkswagen's artillery. E.g. the short wheelbase of the Polo, with the stance and exterior styling of a Tiguan.

Volkswagen's thin headlights that seem to have made themselves comfortable in the range have made their way onto the T-Roc.

As said above, the T-Roc has similarities with other vehicles in the Volkswagen range, such as the brake lights which are very similar to those on the Tiguan and the sloping roof-line, previously seen on the Volkswagen Scirocco.

Volkswagen T-Roc: Interior and Technology

Volkswagen's interiors have always been admired, although a little boring, they bring class and quality. This isn't any different on the new T-Roc, the class and styling of the exterior has been carried into the interior of the T-Roc.

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Volkswagen has used the same screens that have proved to be quite popular in other vehicles in the range to display information to the drive and give great usability when using the infotainment system. Volkswagen Car Net is available which gives owners a whole range of online services and apps which help integrate with a users smartphone.

Volkswagen T-Roc: Safety and Driver Assistance

The Volkswagen T-Roc benefits from a range of driver assistance and safety systems which are built on VW's MQB architecture. Standard on all T-Roc vehicles will be Automatic Post-Collision braking, Lane Assist, Front assist with Pedestrian Monitoring, and City Emergency Braking. T-Roc Design models are equipped with a Driver Alert System.

Eleven optional assistance system are also offered, these are built up of:

  • Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (active from 18 mph to 130 mph with manual gearbox, 0 to 130 mph with DSG)
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display
  • Rear View camera system
  • Lane change system with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitor lane change system (available early 2018)
  • Lane Assist lane keeping system
  • Park Assist park-steering assistant with manoeuvre braking function
  • Traffic Jam Assist (available early 2018)
  • Emergency Assist (available early 2018)
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Driver Alert System
  • Light Assist main-beam control system

For those who like to add their own personal touch to their car, some high end options are available on the new T-Roc, depending on the trim level Volkswagen offer an electrically operated tailgate, electrically operated panoramic sunroof, Vienna leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging, and a BeatsAudio speaker system.

Volkswagen T-Roc: Engines and Performance

Much like the bigger SUV in the Volkswagen range - the Tiguan, the T-Roc will be offered with a range of turbocharged engines. The T-Roc's engine range is built up of three petrol engines and two diesel, with the option of a manual or DSG gearboxes, depending on the engine.

4Motion all-wheel drive is also offered and every all-wheel drive version of the T-Roc gets 4Motion Active Control and driving profile selection feature as standard. The 4Motion Active Control can be operated via the centre console.

As said above, Volkswagen has been generous with the range of engines they offer on the new T-Roc:

Petrol engines:

  • 1.0 TSI, 115 PS, 200 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive
  • 1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION
  • 2.0 TSI, 190 PS, 320 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

Diesel Engines:

  • 1.6 TDI, 115 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed manual, 4MOTION
  • 2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive

A test version of thew T-Roc has already been available for journalists to use, fitted with Volkswagen's new 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine paired with a DSG auto gearbox.

Journalists who drove the test model commented on how punchy the acceleration is, especially on a small SUV. They also complimented the sporty exhaust note along with wind and tyre noise being unnoticeable at motorway speeds.

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Posted on 3rd October 2017 at 10:24 AM

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