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elec­tri­cally ad­justable seat(s). Com­fort­able front seats and a cen­tre con­sole an­gled to­ward the driver will bode well for those who like spend­ing time be­hind the wheel. But, as you may have guessed look­ing at the di­men­sions of the T-Roc, it isn’t a car you’d want if you’re look­ing for some­thing to be driven around in. Space in the rear is just about ad­e­quate with an okay amount of knee room and head­room. While the panoramic sun­roof does help en­hance the feel­ing of space, the rear feels more hatch­back than SUV. That said, the rear bench it­self is quite com­fort­able with scooped out seats, a healthy seat squab and nicely re­clined seat­back. How­ever, fit­ting three in will be a slight squeeze so its best suited for two.

Un­der the hood of the VW TRoc re­sides a 1.5-litre four-cylin­der tur­bocharged petrol en­gine good for 150bhp and 250Nm of peak torque. Trans­mit­ting power to the front wheels only, no AWD here, is VW’s very like­able 7-speed DSG. The ex­pe­ri­ence from be­hind the wheel left us in no doubt that this is an SUV that you’d want to drive rather than be driven around in. The en­gine and trans­mis­sion combo makes it quick off the line help­ing crack the ton in un­der 10 se­conds. Driv­abil­ity is great too and the DSG does an ad­mirable job of se­lect

ing the right gear al­ways. This en­gine loves revving all the way to the red­line and with the trans­mis­sion in sport mode or with pad­dle shifters you will gen­uinely rel­ish ev­ery drive. Com­ple­ment­ing the im­pres­sive pow­er­train is the chas­sis and sus­pen­sion setup that give the T-Roc in­cred­i­ble poise and com­po­sure no mat­ter the speed. This is a CBU so the setup is iden­ti­cal to the T-Roc sold in Europe so while the ride and han­dling at higher speeds is great, there is a touch of firm­ness to it at lower speeds which be­comes quite ev­i­dent over bad patches of road, which un­for­tu­nately are a dime a dozen in our coun­try. The steer­ing, al­though light and easy to use at city speeds, doesn’t of­fer much in the way of feed­back and we think VW could’ve got­ten away with a lit­tle more heft to it.

1. Badge flips up for the cam­era to pop out when re­verse gear is en­gaged. This also helps keep it dirt free. 2. Disc brakes on both ends in the T-Roc. 3. With the sec­ond row up there is 445 litres of boot space

Sax­ena Se­nior Cor­re­spon­dent dhruv.sax­ena@aa­j­ @dhruv992

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