Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Driving -

The all-new VW T-ROC cross­over is based on the Polo and takes aim at the likes of the Re­nault Cap­tur and Toy­ota C-HR. The car fills a yawn­ing gap be­low the Tiguan, which is priced out of reach of many who are look­ing to en­ter the com­pact SUV mar­ket. Driv­e­trains and fea­tures are what you'd ex­pect from VW, but there is one thing that sets the T-roc apart from its com­peti­tors, namely that it's the com­pany's first ve­hi­cle of this type with con­trast­ing roof sec­tion. Although sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than the Tiguan, like its big­ger sib­ling it is based on the VW'S MQB plat­form. That said, de­spite its com­pact ex­te­rior it is sur­pris­ingly spa­cious.

Pow­er­trains are likely to be the fa­mil­iar ones from the Golf range, in­clud­ing petrols and diesels, with 6-speed man­ual gear­box and the op­tion of DSG dou­ble clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Drive to the front wheels will be stan­dard across the range, though high-end mod­els will ben­e­fit from 4MOTION all- wheel drive.

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