The hard choice of choosing a T-Roc model

 

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I reviewed the T-Roc over December. I was given the entry-level 1.4 TSI with a half a dozen cool, optional extra. Now, I review the flagship 2.0 TSI 4Motion in R-Line regalia, and I am left contemplating: which of the two models is the pick –of –the bunch?

 

The sexy T-Roc crossover is essentially an elevated Golf 7, which means the ride and handling are all very pleasurable for daily driving. I can attest, having the car for five weeks, it was hard to return after having enjoyed its total offering. 

As the global demand increases for crossover/SUV type vehicles, so too has the offerings from manufacturers. VW have been smart in my opinion, offering five vehicles in the category locally. The T-Roc is bigger than  the T-Cross – AKA the Polo in high heels – and smaller than the popular Tiguan/Tiguan Allspace SUV. The T-Roc is arguably the sweet spot in the line-up in terms of size and versatility. Perhaps the only moment for pause is its pricing, but then again, all car prices have increased significantly in recent times. The T-Roc’s price is market related, albeit in the higher end of the spectrum when compared to its competitors.

 

VW have kept things nice and simple when deciding on a model line-up, with just two engine variants and two trim levels.   VW says the 1.4 TSI (110 kW/250 Nm), which is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, is good for a 0-100 km/h run in 8.4 seconds. On the other hand, in the 2.0 TSI (140 kW/320 Nm), power goes to all 4 wheels via a 7-speed DSG, and it will take just 7.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h. 

The two levels of trim are the Design and R-Line. The Design trim focuses on modern visual elements, while the R-Design has an athletic aesthetic. The Design model comes standard with the 17-inch Mayfield alloy wheel, with two options of the 18-inch Montego alloy wheel and 18-inch Grange Hill alloy wheel. The R-Line features the 19-inch Suzuka alloy wheel, which have been available before on the Tiguan.

 

I mentioned that the T-Roc was the trendy sibling in the VW family. Why, might you ask? Well... do want a Pure White body and black roof? You have got it. Red roof with a Pure White body? No problem. The T-Roc is all about you. VW have created a variety of paint options, available in two-tone or monochromatic, to mirror your style and personality. Combine your favourite colour roof (offered in Pure White, Deep Black and Flash Red) with your favourite body paint colour. 

 

As for how funky it is on the inside, VW’s characteristic build quality remains, albeit there is a large amount of hard, scratchy plastics used in the cabin that unfortunately downgrade what is otherwise a very pleasant feel. Like the exterior customisations, you can personalise your T-Roc with a choice of three coloured inserts and upholstery to match, available in a host of classic and brighter options.

 

There is space for five – but preferably four – large adults and a handsome sized boot of 445 litres. The backrests can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, which increases the boot’s capacity to 1 290 litres. There are not many competitors that can claim that!

 

Design models come standard with Climatronic air-conditioning, the Composition Media infotainment system, connectivity via the WeConnect Go app, Voice Control, LED taillight cluster, visual underbody guard (black) and Park Distance Control (front and rear). My review car, the 1.4 TSI Design model, was impressively kitted out with options like keyless entry and electric tailgate, Wireless App Connect, Active Info Display, ‘Comfort’ mobile phone interface with inductive charging function, 9.2-inch Discover Media with ‘Discover Pro’ satellite navigation, beats® sound system, electronic trailer hitch, panoramic sunroof, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and dynamic cornering lights, Park Package – Park Assist with rear view camera, IQ Drive Package – ACC with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Front Assist and 18-inch Grange Hill alloy wheels. This list can add up, so I caution one to pick sparingly.

 

Something to consider when purchasing – the R-Line flagship model comes with a dozen additional standard features that justify its R45 300 price premium, which for me makes it a better option than the 2.0 TSI Design model.

 

The T-Roc is an excellent product framed by an attractive exterior aesthetic. Hard to fault and easy to love and live with every day. The T-Roc is a winner. The 1.4 TSI is arguably the better buy, but if you enjoy driving in a spirited fashion, the 2.0 TSI is certainly a lot of fun.

 

The Competition

Audi Q2, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Toyota C-HR.

 

Pricing

T-Roc 1.4 110 kW Tiptronic Design            R489 400

T-Roc 2.0 140 kW 4Motion DSG Design    R548 300

T-Roc 2.0 140 kW 4Motion DSG R-Line     R593 600

 

Service and warranty 

The T-Roc is sold with a 3-year/120 000km warranty, 5-year/90 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. 

 

My choice

T-Roc 1.4 110 kW Tiptronic Design R489 400 with one or two optional features.

www.vw.co.za

 

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