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Volkswagen’s T-Roc SUV – an impressive small SUV in a very hotly contested market segment .

David Berthon

Volkswagen released a small all-wheel-drive SUV into the hotly contested small SUV market in January. The VW T-Roc fitting between their light  T-Cross and  medium-sized Tiquan SUV’s – an interesting SUV, nicely sized for a small family, a nice compromise for moving the kids around in safety during the week and exploring the outdoors off the beaten track on the weekend. Plenty of punch from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine linked to a seven-speed DSG automatic and the benefit of Volkswagen’s 4-Motion all-wheel-drive. The T-Roc 140TSi Sport as tested $40,490 offers a very spirited driving experience in a vehicle perhaps best described as a high-riding Volkswagen Golf – nice simple styling in a body that perhaps leans more to hatchback dimensions than that of an SUV – rear legroom and headroom best for kids or for adults over short distances.

The interior’s standout feature a 10.25 inch digital instrumentation cluster offering a number of display configurations while an 8-inch central touchscreen completes a very well thought out dash. The Volkswagen T-Roc is built in Portugal and some of the interior finishes particularly vinyl materials for my money lacks some class. Nevertheless, one can’t complain at the safety, infotainment and driver assistance technology – comprehensive including rear view camera, driving profile selection, and City emergency brake with pedestrian monitoring to name just a few.

I’m David Berthon

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