New Volkswagen T-Roc Compact SUV World Premier

New VW T-Roc compact sports-utility vehicle styling, engine, trim, equipment and price preview for 2017

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The Volkswagen T-Roc is a forthcoming, compact, sports-utility vehicle which is at home in the city and on rough terrain, the manufacturer suggested at its world premier. Its purpose is to blend fashionable off-road styling – and in certain forms all-wheel-drive – with practicality, modern technology and a low price.

The manufacturer hinted it is a stylish, distinctive, lifestyle optimiser that enables you to make a statement. It is available with bi-tone paint, for example. Publicity shots show it with mostly blue bodywork yet the roof, a-pillars, and mirrors have a vibrant, contrasting, white finish. Volkswagen further praised the:

  • coupé-like roof
  • wide radiator grille and integrated dual headlamps
  • chrome-look trim that runs from the a-pillars to the c-pillars
  • sports-utility style dark plastic trim on the wheel arches, sills, front and rear to protect the bodywork while off-road

Size and practicality

The T-Roc is 4,234mm long, 1,819mm wide and 1,573mm tall so it is slightly shorter, slightly wider and far taller than a 2017 Golf Hatchback. Such proportions make it small enough to manoeuvre easily in busy cities – where you might have to park for work in a multi-story - yet spacious enough for family holidays and shopping.

Cargo capacity is 445-litres which is greater than the Golf Hatchback (380-litres). Fold the rear seats flat to increase capacity 1,290-litres. Furthermore, it has 5 seats and the rear bench splits 60/40. “Hardly any other sports-utility vehicle in the class offers such a spacious package”, the motor manufacturer said.

Engine, transmission and drive

UK specifications have not been confirmed but expect a range of petrol and diesel engines (all turbocharged). Rumours suggest it has 1.0 to 2.0-litre units that produce 115 to 190PS (approximately). Choose front or all-wheel-drive, too. The latter best suits if you seek off-road adventure or tow a caravan. Furthermore, pick 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission.

Trims and equipment

T-Roc, Style and Sport are the trims. T-Roc standard features include front assist that scans for hazards. If (say) a vehicle slows - and you fail to react - it warns you via a message on the dashboard and a tone. If you remain passive, it brakes to avoid an incident or reduce its severity. Other standard equipment includes:

  • air-conditioning
  • colour infotainment system
  • rear underbody protection plate
  • LED daytime running lights

The Style and Sport trim sit “on a par” with each other, the manufacturer explained. Further details are sketchy. It is clear, however, that the former incorporates decorative interior panels which come in a wide range of colours. The Sport gets sports seats. 

Price and availability

The Volkswagen T-Roc is now available to order in The United Kingdom. Prices start at £20,425.