2020 Volkswagen T-Roc review, test drive

Rodolfo Schellin

What is it? 

To say the Volkswagen T-Roc swims towards the tide of Indian SUV convention is an huge understatement. We Indians are likely to equate SUVs with size and bombastic road presence, and obviously, cost is a direct correlation – the far more highly-priced an SUV is, the greater it demands to be. Even amongst the crossovers, the preferred vote even now goes to the tall, chunky, squared-jawed kind, so significantly so that even hatchbacks have commenced to ape the glance. And then there’s the ongoing choice for diesel power with vehicles like this. So this compact crossover with its minimal-slung roof and one.5-litre petrol engine at a cost of Rs 19.ninety nine lakh (ex-showroom) appears like something that simply need to not operate. And nonetheless, VW was capable to locate takers for nearly its full one,000-device CBU import allocation in just more than a thirty day period. There is obviously far more to it than satisfies the eye, and we intention to locate out just what that is with this evaluation.

Just how large is the VW T-Roc in conditions of proportions? 

To set that size into viewpoint, when a Creta is 4,300mm prolonged and the VW’s cousin, the Skoda Karoq, is 4,382mm prolonged, the T-Roc clocks in at 4,234mm prolonged. Furthermore, its peak of one,573mm makes it lower than even most sub-4-metre SUVs and places it nearly into premium hatchback territory. But then, its one,819mm width and two,590mm wheelbase do at the very least give it a good, somewhat wide stance on the road. It casts a silhouette which is far more akin to a hatchback far too, with a bonnet which is not far too tall and entrance and rear windscreens that are very steeply raked.

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What it lacks in outright size and blocky form, it makes an attempt to make up for with panache in the facts. The LED headlamps and chrome-lined grille merge into a person continual sort, there’s a neat LED working lamp signature exactly where you’d count on the fog lamps (the fog lamps sit lower, and the DRLs double up as indicators) and there’s even a brushed silver skid plate sitting under the large honeycomb air dam. There is a superior total of the requisite black cladding all-around the base of the T-Roc and some popular character lines on the bonnet and sides, specially more than the pronounced wheel arches. At the rear, you will locate faux exhaust surrounds and cladding that cuts into the bumper to property the quantity plate, furthermore far more sturdy lines, and the words and phrases ‘T-Roc’ written daring underneath the VW emblem.

But possibly the the very least SUV-like point about it – the raked roof – is its most distinguishing element. All colours of the T-Roc appear with a gloss black roof procedure that extends down to the A-pillars. The C-pillar, in the meantime, is thick and system-coloured with a silver accent. And just for that last reminder that this is no hatchback, there are roof rails. Given that the car is so smaller, the 17-inch alloy wheels fill the arches nicely, and when you could have your T-Roc in black, white or gray, you need to have it in orange, blue or this instead placing Kurkuma Yellow.

What is the VW T-Roc like on the inside?

The interiors are pretty Volkswagen – which is to say dim in colour, comprehensive of straight lines, but also pretty nicely crafted. That explained, we want there were some delicate-contact plastics in here you will not locate any on the dashboard or the doorway playing cards, but the high-quality of the textured challenging plastics is outstanding and they’re perfectly screwed jointly. It is good that they’ve done a little bit to liven issues up with issues like boring gold and piano black trim, a centre console which is somewhat canted towards the driver and tri-tone Vienna leather upholstery.

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Excellent ahead visibility, excellent construct high-quality, but want issues were a little brighter.


Talking of the seats, the kinds up entrance are sculpted and snug, giving a superior total of adjustment, such as lumbar for the driver. They are heated, but regretably, not powered or ventilated. Sitting down up entrance, you don’t genuinely really feel like you’re in as compact a car as the T-Roc is, for the reason that ahead visibility is wonderful and the dashboard spreads out wide in entrance of you.

Shift more than to the again seat, nevertheless, and you will locate exactly where the room compromise has been built. This is not a person for the chauffeur driven, with pretty common knee room, and headroom that will be restricted for 6-footers, even while the roof has been scooped out. Furthermore, it’s not a pretty high-set seat, and the simple fact the entrance seats are so near to you does make you really feel a little bit hemmed in. Serving to to reduce that experience is the panoramic sunroof which, while not as massive as most, does allow a whole lot of mild in. The bench by itself is greatest for two while, but they will be comfy, many thanks to far more of that snug bolster sculpting, a massive centre armrest and superior thigh guidance.

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Knee and head room will be restricted for tall people today, but seat is pretty comfortable.


The boot, at 445 litres, isn’t everything to produce dwelling about either and the sloping tailgate doesn’t aid, but you will be capable to very easily match a weekend’s baggage for 4 in here, and if you genuinely will have to shift stuff, you can break up-fold the rear seats for far more room. 

What equipment does the VW T-Roc appear with?

So the T-Roc doesn’t set any benchmarks for inside room, but VW has built certain to load it up with equipment to make its cost tag a little far more palatable. Some of the highlights are dual-zone local weather command, a crisp and customisable 10.25-inch digital instrument show, an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electronic parking brake with auto maintain, 6 airbags, tyre tension monitoring, fuel-saving engine end-begin, heated mirrors, the  panoramic sunroof, rear disc brakes, entrance + rear parking sensors and significantly far more. What was a surprise were the sensor-dependent driver aids, like lane-keep aid which will carefully steer the car again into line if it detects you’ve crossed the lane markers, and even a head-on collision warning system, which the good news is, we didn’t get a possibility to examination.

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Instrument display is very customisable.


What’s the VW T-Roc like to drive?

As we explained before, the T-Roc presents you a large-car really feel from guiding the wheel, and which is not just to do with the way the inside is laid out. Its width and one,546mm and one,541mm entrance and rear tracks give it a planted stance, and incorporate that with a stiff chassis and suspension which is unchanged from the European version and what you get is an unflappable poise on the road. Sure, there’s an inherent firmness to the ride that you will really feel on smaller bumps at lower speeds, but as you pick up the rate it simply demolishes even rough streets with assurance. Large-velocity security is outstanding and even in the corners, apart from a steering that isn’t bristling with feed-back, it continues to be fantastically devoid of system roll. It is the greatest of both equally worlds, genuinely, with a perception of solidity you’d if not locate in a larger sized car, but the proportions compact sufficient for you to genuinely get pleasure from it.

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The 150hp, one.5-litre turbo-petrol engine has a sturdy mid-range, and is also free of charge-revving.


Electricity is courtesy the VW Group’s one.5-litre TSI Evo engine by means of a seven-velocity DSG, and is sent to only the entrance wheels. It is the same 150hp, 250Nm device you will locate in the Skoda Karoq, but the T-Roc weighs 45kg fewer. Overall performance, then, is marginally much better, with -100kph coming up in nine.89sec, and many thanks to the brief-shifting DSG, kickdown acceleration is brief far too – 20-80kph in 5.51sec and forty-100kph in 6.36sec. This new-gen direct-injection turbo-petrol engine is attention-grabbing in the way that it enjoys a sturdy mid-range, as do most of its ilk, but is also incredibly free of charge revving. In simple fact, in activity and guide modes, it will fortunately race all the way to its 6,500rpm redline with no fuss. 

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Cylinder shut-off underneath mild load and engine end-begin lower fuel consumption.


But if you aren’t in the mood for aggressive driving, this engine-gearbox combo handles ambling obligations nicely, and underneath minimal engine loads, can even shut down two of its 4 cylinders seamlessly for much better fuel financial system.

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Revs to 6,500rpm in Sport or Guide.


VW T-Roc overall performance*
Acceleration (from rest)
20kph one.83s
40kph 3.18s
60kph 4.93s
80kph seven.14s
100kph nine.89s
120kph 13.30s
140kph 18.34s
160kph 25.61s
Acceleration (in equipment)
20-80kph (in kickdown) 5.51s
forty-100kph (in kickdown) 6.36s

Must you purchase a Volkswagen T-Roc?

So just exactly where does the T-Roc match in the Indian marketplace? To reply that, you have to have to abandon the strategy that it is an SUV it’s not. What it is, is a crossover that leans seriously into its on-road means at the price tag of the standard SUV room, practicality and road presence. It is superior for a smaller relatives, or an person who often travels with good friends, it has its own unique design and it delivers large on driving dynamics and really feel-superior component. 

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The compact T-Roc has rock-sound security, even at three-digit speeds.


To set it a different way, we have often puzzled if VW would at any time chunk the bullet and convey in its comprehensive-size hatchback, the Golfing, to India. But it has not, and will not, for the reason that the strategy of a hatchback so large and highly-priced just would not fly here. The T-Roc is the Golfing they can convey here, many thanks to the added crossover enchantment and practicality, and there’s practically nothing else quite like it on the current market.

*Not to Autocar examination specifications

Also see:

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