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
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