Volkswagen T-Roc SUV (2017 -) Review

Review by Gareth Evans on
4.5
The 2017 Volkswagen T-Roc is the German carmaker's pitch at a rival for the big-selling Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, as well as the still-popular Nissan Juke. It’s basically an all-new SUV that’s usefully-sized for city-dwellers.

Volkswagen T-Roc SUV (17 on)
  • You can guarantee that it’ll be the coolest small SUV you can buy
  • But will it be worth a premium over its sister VWG products?

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The 2017 Volkswagen T-Roc is the German carmaker's pitch at a rival for the big-selling Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, as well as the still-popular Nissan Juke. It’s basically an all-new SUV that’s usefully-sized for city-dwellers.

It’s based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Polo, although you can be sure that it will pack a myriad of Volkswagen styling details and interior changes that will help justify the car being sold at a premium over its VW Group sisters. 

In its first official statement about the T-Roc, Volkswagen says that it, ‘combines the effortless superiority of an SUV with the agility of a sporty, compact model.’ Expect it to be similarly-sized to the SEAT Arona as well.

It promises to be roomier than a Juke

If the T-Roc closely follows the Arona, its additional length and height over the supermini it’s based upon will help give it a big-car feel inside. That car measures 79mm longer and 99mm higher than the Ibiza, and significantly, the seats are mounted more highly to give the driver a more SUV-like driving position.

Expect the T-Roc to launch with Volkswagen’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine in 115hp form, as well as with the recent 150hp 1.5-litre EVO four-cylinder petrol engine with active cylinder deactivation technology. It works well in the Golf, so expect it to work very well here.

Diesels should be on the agenda, despite VW’s move away from these car, so if they make it to the UK, expect the excellent 1.6-litre turbodiesel motor in 115hp EVO-TSI form to be a popular choice. As for gearboxes, expect the standard mix of five- and six-speed manuals and seven-speed DSG transmissions.

Big car levels of equipment available 

Being based on the Polo, expect more ‘big-car’ technology to be offered. We’d expect to see tech packages that include wireless phone chargingkeyless entry/keyless goadaptive cruise controlApple CarPlay/Android Auto and automatic parking.

Safety will also be a priority, meaning that high-tech kit such autonomous emergency braking, multi-collision braking (applies the brakes after a crash to stop further incidents), hill-hold control, blindspot monitor and cross traffic alert.

When can I buy one?

There’s been no official launch date yet – but a source close to Volkswagen said it would be in showrooms by the end of 2017.

Stay tuned to Parkers for more information on the 23 August launch date

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