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FIRST DRIVE Petrol SUV has im­pressed. But is diesel a bet­ter buy?

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Award-win­ning large SUV is given a rugged makeover

WITH the new Volk­swa­gen T-roc look­ing set to be­come one of the firm’s prize bread­win­ners, a spread of pow­er­trains will be of­fered when the new Golf-sized crossover goes fully on sale early next year.

The two diesel T-rocs are set to play a sup­port­ing role when it comes to sales. Volk­swa­gen pre­dicts that as many as eight out of 10 T-rocs sold will be petrol-pow­ered, with the 1.0-litre TSI model the head­line act.

Still, this 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI has the most torque of any T-roc we’ll get in the UK, at 340Nm – at least un­til the an­tic­i­pated ar­rival of the hot T-roc R – and it feels gutsy when in ac­tion. The per­for­mance fig­ures quoted by Volk­swa­gen seem re­al­is­tic.

In the UK, the range-top­ping diesel op­tion will be of­fered with a six-speed man­ual gear­box and front-wheel drive as stan­dard, but the op­tional DSG au­to­matic gear­box will be paired ex­clu­sively with a 4MO­TION all-wheel-drive sys­tem.

The DSG box changes gears as smoothly as you’d ex­pect, and the en­gine it­self still boasts re­spectable re­fine­ment, with the diesel drone only seep­ing no­tice­ably into the cabin with a deep push on the pedal.

With claimed fuel econ­omy of 55.4mpg, the 2.0-litre TDI isn’t ac­tu­ally any more ef­fi­cient on paper than the 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit Volk­swa­gen be­lieves will be its big­gest seller, and with 133g/km CO2 emis­sions, it’s dirt­ier as well. As a re­sult, buy­ers who are un­likely to ven­ture beyond the ur­ban jun­gle should fol­low the crowd to the base petrol model that will suit their needs when it comes to ef­fi­ciency.

Of course, the diesel achieves that fig­ure with more power and torque, plus the op­tion of all-wheel drive, so it should find a mar­ket with cus­tomers de­mand­ing a bit more shove from their new T-roc.

All-wheel drive is a no-go for buy­ers seek­ing to max­imise prac­ti­cal­ity, though. The 445-litre boot ca­pac­ity quoted for fron­twheel-drive ver­sions is eaten away by the ad­di­tion of the 4MO­TION sys­tem, re­sult­ing in a shal­lower boot with 392 litres of space.

De­spite the odd qual­ity con­cern on the doors and dash, the T-roc pack­age is just as you’d ex­pect – an­other steady Volk­swa­gen en­try into a new mar­ket seg­ment. While there’s noth­ing se­ri­ously amiss with the diesel, how­ever, it’s likely to be un­nec­es­sary for most buy­ers.

EN­GINES Sales for se­lect petrol T-rocs are un­der way, but diesels don’t hit the mar­ket un­til 2018

PRAC­TI­CAL­ITY T-roc has a de­cent amount of head and legroom, but 4MO­TION sys­tem ham­pers the boot ca­pac­ity, slic­ing 455-litre load area down to a tighter 392 litres

EQUIPMENT While fi­nal UK specs are still be­ing fi­nalised, an eight-inch touch­screen sys­tem will be in­cluded as stan­dard across the range. Ac­tive Info Dis­play comes on SE L up­wards

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