These “Compact SUVs” are sort of a symbol of success in life. I’ll tell you why. When the hatch drivers think about upgrading, its usually a compact crossover. They want the people around them to know that they’re doing really good in life. Which is why we see so many of them these days.
Every manufacturer in the world must have one. And VW has come up with the T-Roc, which is going to be positioned below the Tiguan. Built on the MQB platform, the T-Roc promises “compact outside, enormous inside”.
Looking at its compact dimensions and exterior design, the one SUV that pops in your mind is Audi Q2, while the interiors remind you of the new Polo. The SUV measures 4,234 mm long, 1,819 mm wide (ex. mirrors) and 1,573 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2,603 mm.
As for the exterior features, there are LED headlamps. The LED DRLs and turn signals are formed by a single round LED element, integrated into the bumper. Rear-end has LED tail lamps in 3D design. The ‘Sport’ variant gets 17-inch ‘Kulmbach’ alloy wheels.
Interiors get an optional ‘Active Info Display’ (fully digital instruments), ambient lighting, 8.0-inch infotainment system which can be extended with App Connect (integrated MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), inductive charging, a 300-watt 8-channel sound system and many more options.
The T-Roc’s optional panoramic sunroof, which measures 870 mm wide and 1,364 mm long, is claimed to be the largest in the segment.
The five-seater SUV is claimed to be having one of the largest luggage compartments in its class (445 litres when loaded up to the second seat row and the tops of the seat backrests).
Taking about the safety and driver assistance features, the T-Roc packs Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Lane Assist as standard. Other systems include Lane Assist lane keeping system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), rear view camera, Traffic Jam Assist and so on.
There are three petrol and three diesel engines on offer, starting from 115 PS 1.0 TSI. Buyers can choose front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive.
- 1.0 TSI, 85 kW / 115 PS, 200 Nm, 6-speed MT, front-wheel drive
- 1.5 TSI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed MT, front-wheel drive
- 1.5 TSI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive
- 1.5 TSI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4Motion
- 2.0 TSI, 140 kW / 190 PS, 320 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4Motion
- 1.6 TDI, 85 kW / 115 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed MT, front-wheel drive
- 2.0 TDI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed MT, front-wheel drive
- 2.0 TDI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed MT, 4Motion
- 2.0 TDI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive
- 2.0 TDI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4Motion
- 2.0 TDI, 140 kW / 190 PS, 400 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4Motion
T-Roc gets adaptive chassis control (DCC) electrically adjustable dampers and progressive steering too.
There are five ‘driving profiles’ on offer – Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. For models with front-wheel drive, driving profile selection can also be ordered as an option.
Prices will start at €20,000, and market launch begins in Europe this November, and later in China.
During the unveil, VW mentioned India too. Jürgen Stackmann, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, said: “Nearly 80 per cent of compact SUVs are currently being sold in Europe and China. This type of SUV is also gaining in importance in Brazil, India, Russia and the USA. We assume that over the next ten years the annual global sales volume of these compact SUVs will grow from around 6.4 million units today to around 10.6 million units.”
Creta and Duster might have a tough competition in India next year.