Why the Volkswagen T-Roc remains a winner
Volkswagen recently updated its popular T-Roc and sent it our way for a few days to get reacquainted with it. Does it still have what it takes to compete in a segment that has become even more competitive since it was first introduced in 2020? Here is what you need to know.
From a styling perspective the updated T-Roc has been given subtle changes that have just refreshed the look. The car now fits in with the ever evolving design character of the current crop of Volkswagen models. We still adore the shape and the overall look. Volkswagen has however refreshed the LED headlights which now include new IQ LED technology, there is an illuminated LED light bar that runs across the front grille, updated front fog lamps and LED taillights with sportier bumpers and a choice of new wheels. These changes have given the car more head-turning appeal.
The interior remains a good place to be with a few noticeable changes. Get behind the wheel and you will notice a new, standard digital instrument cluster and the latest infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality with wireless charging. Standard features include a new multifunction steering wheel which houses functionality for the media and the adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, USB C media and charging ports, cloth-covered seats, keyless entry to name but a few standouts.
From a practical perspective, rear occupant space is not ideal, particularly for taller passengers due to the curvature of the coupe-like roof design. That said though, the boot boasts a very usable 445-litres of space.
While Volkswagen is offering the T-Roc with a choice of either a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor or a 1.4-litre, we received the latter. The entry-level engine offered in the new Volkswagen T-Roc range is the four-cylinder 1.4 TSI with maximum output of 110kW and 250Nm of torque.
It is coupled with an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, with the top speed being 205km/h. Fuel consumption is 6.3 l/100km and it takes 8.4 seconds to reach 100km/h. This engine actually performed well and despite a bit of underwhelming acceleration now and then it will get the job done admirably.
We also like the 161mm of ground clearance on offer which is great for those wanting to take the road less travelled to that hiking destination or cycling park. The T-Roc doesn’t mind getting its paws dirty and ride quality on our subpar roads is actually relatively good.
The T-Roc is positioned between the Taigo and the Tiguan in Volkswagen’s T SUV model range. Since market introduction in 2020, the Volkswagen T-Roc has sold 4 490 units in South Africa and after spending time with the latest model it is easy to see why. The vehicle offers an appealing design, decent interior quality, the latest technology and a host of safety features. It is ideal for family getaways or conquering the urban jungle. It should be on your list when shopping in this segment.