The VW T-Roc compact crossover has made its official debut, marking the German brand’s long awaited foray into the compact crossover segment.
If you ask us, the production T-Roc is one handsome looking crossover. The front is highlighted by a wide radiator grille, which is quickly becoming a staple of VW crossovers, and available two-tone paint lends to the sporty overall look. Plastic body cladding on the bumpers, wheel arches and rocker panels protects the bodywork and gives the T-Roc some off-road credentials as well.
The interior will be a familiar place for anyone who has been in a new VW and comes well-equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display as standard. A larger 8-inch display is available as an option, as is VW’s 11.7-inch Digital Cockpit LCD instrument display. Luggage space with all five seats occupied sits at 445 liters, but grows to 1,290 liters with the rear seats folded down. Hardly any other vehicle in this segment is as spacious, claims VW.
A range of high-tech safety systems are standard as well, such as Front Assist Monitoring, City Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking and Lane Assist. Optional safety systems include adaptive cruise, a rear view camera, Rear Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Park Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist.
VW is offering three turbocharged gasoline engines and three diesel engines in the T-Roc in Europe ranging in output from 115 to 190 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox are standard, but the range-topping 190 hp engines will be offered with 4Motion all-wheel drive and VW’s 7-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.
VW says the T-Roc will fall into “the €20,000 class” when it goes on sale in Europe this November. VW has said it won’t bring it to North America, but a report from earlier in the year indicated the automaker would bring it stateside for 2019. For now, however, this stylish little crossover remains forbidden fruit.
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