Volkswagen is finally entering the highly disputed subcompact crossover class with a model that sits below the popular Tiguan but fortunately has its own, defined, character – something the brand’s cars have been lacking for a while.
We’re positively impressed by the new T-Roc, especially when the exterior design comes into play – inside, aside from a more youthful, colorful, experience we get the standard sober high-tech experience (if you pay for the digital instrument cluster and the larger infotainment screen system). The T-Roc joins the automaker’s SUV lineup, which is by today’s standards not overly impressive in size – Tiguan (normal and LWB), Touareg and the larger Atlas (Teramont in China). While the smallest of them all, the T-Roc still rides on the highly flexible MQB architecture, so every technical advantage derived from there is available here as well.
For starters, the powertrain options include a trio of gasoline and diesel engines – three petrol three diesel of the TSI and TDI nature – with optional 4Motion AWD system and either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. VW has placed the T-Roc at the top of the subcompact class – which is why some news venues are calling this a compact offering – so it naturally has among the best habitability and 445 liters to 1,290 liters of trunk space.