2019 Volkswagen T-Roc Interior, Performance Review And Pricing

The T-Roc ushers in a new level of design emotion for the brand, with a cute, compact shape and lots of personalisation options. Best of all, it’s great to drive with spirited engines and a chassis that blends control and fun with a fair degree of comfort. 

T-Roc Crash Test

Inside there’s more space for passengers and luggage than in a Golf (thanks to the increased height), plus plenty of hi-tech connectivity, autonomous driving and safety kit available. 

However, somewhat surprisingly for a VW, the quality of the plastics in the cabin are poor – more in keeping with a budget brand than a Volkswagen. That’s especially so given the list prices, which are close to premium.

In terms of dimensions and price, the Volkswagen T-Roc is essentially an off-road version of the top-selling VW Golf. It's been for sale since 2017, and while it has a small price premium over the Golf, it has been popular with buyers, mainly thanks to an interior that's roomier than its hatchback sibling. Like the Golf, the range is comprehensive, starting at S trim and now moving all the way up to R-Line, which was introduced in 2018. A rapid T-Roc R with four-wheel drive and nearly 300bhp is also due to hit showrooms in 2019.

As the T-Roc is based on the Golf, it slots into the VW crossover range between the larger Tiguan and recently introduced T-Cross. Prices start from around £19,250 and reach as high as £34,000, and the T-Roc has a variety of rivals, including the Audi Q2 (which shares running gear with the T-Roc), Mazda CX-3, MINI Countryman, Mercedes GLA and lower spec versions of the Volvo XC40. There's also the Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V to consider, and also the BMW X1 and X2 and Lexus UX.

Where the T-Roc breaks away from the Golf is with its funky looking interior. Rather than use the Golf's cabin wholesale, VW has added splashes of colour inside, including dash panels that are colour coded to the exterior. However, there is also more use of hard plastics inside, which might be a bit of a disappointment if you're moving from a Golf to a T-Roc.

There are a variety of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines offered. For petrol power, you can choose the 1.0 TSI 115PS turbo, which is surprisingly capable in the T-Roc, VW's latest 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS with cylinder deactivation, or the 2.0 TSI 190PS petrol. 

All petrol engines come with a six-speed manual except the 2.0 TSI, which has a seven-speed DSG auto - this is available as an option with the 1.5 TSI Evo engine. 4MOTION four-wheel drive is also standard with the 2.0 TSI, and optional with the 1.5 TSI Evo DSG motor.

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