REVIEW | Volkswagen's stylish T-Roc crossover raises the bar in its segment

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2021 VW T ROC SUV
2021 VW T ROC SUV
Wallace Du Plessis

The model on test is the 2.0-litre 4Motion R-Line which retails for R593 600.

This particular model is fitted with extras like a sunroof, tow hitch, discover media, beats sound, park IQ drive, bringing the price to R650 400.

The T-Roc is one of five Volkswagen's sedans, with the Taigo also to follow in 2022.

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The Volkswagen T-Roc 2.0 4Motion R-Line in white silver metallic and flash red is not only a mouthful, it is real eye candy and stylistically approaching the realms of art.

Everybody I spoke to about the car was awestruck, even more so when they heard the price. A serious sticker price for a serious design tour de force. Perhaps the design template for the compact crossover class of cars.

Starting from the front on the outside. It has a superior nose. The proper proportions, trim, size, grille shape and lights. Damn near perfect. The silhouette is superb, and the rear is visually pleasing.

Looking inside, what's not to like? The top of the dash and the plastic insert is a little, well... plastic, but the overall effect is both pleasing and practical. The fit and finish is top drawer. Softer materials grace the areas where you are likely to touch, and good switchgear complements the dash. The instrumentation and display are highly customisable and offers all the information you may need with bright, clear screens.

2021 VW T ROC SUV rear
2021 VW T ROC SUV2021 VW T ROC SUV

Getting to grips

The leather-clad multi-function steering wheel is as comfortable to use as are the highly adjustable front seats. Legroom and headroom at the back is best for children or very short trips.

The boot is not very practical as its shape is compromised by the rear parcel tray and the slope of the rear. You can fit two cabin cases but will struggle with even one standard suitcase but forget about a golf bag or perambulator. The model we tested has the 140kW and 320Nm motor making magic through a seven-speed DSG box which allows a 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of almost 100km/h over the speed limit with an expected fuel consumption of around 9.8-litres/100km.

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This car has the performance and handling to satisfy the most demanding drivers, but I think the 1.4 TSI 110kW with eight-speed Tiptronic will be just fine for the rest of us. You will be saving over R100k on the purchase price, and fuel consumption should be noticeably less.

The car has all the safety goodies you can expect.

2021 VW T ROC SUV interior
2021 VW T ROC SUV

Practical considerations. Really? This is a car you buy with your heart. It's not really practical except in an urban performance sense. The boot is oddly shaped. The rear legroom is at a premium. Fuel consumption is iffy. And the price is, let's say, interesting. But it goes, stops, corners pretty well.

Our test car was the 2.0-litre 4Motion R-Line which costs R650 400 as tested with sunroof, tow hitch, discover media, beats sound, park IQ drive packages, but is listed at R593 600.

The base model, Design 1.4 TSI 110kW 8-speed Tiptronic, without options, costs R459 400.Warranty is three years or 120 000km, and the service plan is five years or 90 000km.

The direct competition includes the Audi Q2, Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Honda HR-V.

This article was first published in the District Mail Community Newspaper.

2021 VW T ROC SUV
2021 VW T ROC SUV
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