Volkswagen unveil T-Roc, Australia has to wait

Todd Singleton
August 25, 2017

The T-Roc is Volkswagen's new compact crossover.

Volkswagen will offer an array of driver assistance and active safety systems on its entry-level SUV as well, with city-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection standard on the base vehicle, along with post-collision braking and lane keep assist. Air conditioning, and VW's Composition Color infotainment system, are also standard-fit.

At the world premiere in Italy last night, Dr Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management said: "The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment".

Inside, the new crossover borrows much in terms of design and execution from the new-generation Polo hatch, along with the larger Tiguan. With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities.

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Inside, the T-Roc is fitted with a dashboard that is similar in design to the one found in the Golf Sportsvan, although it has been livened up with lots of body coloured trim and snazzy seats. Even in base trim, you'll find useful items such as forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist.

The T-Roc - the name uses the "T" from siblings Tiguan and Touareg and the "Roc" just means it will rock you - will rival the Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V and forthcoming Hyundai Kona on the Australian market. There's a decent boot of 445 litres, which expands to 1,290 litres with the rear seats folded flat - for comparison, an Audi Q2 boasts 405 litres with the seats up, and 1,050 litres with the seats down. The T-Roc can be had with front- or all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Externally the T-Roc has few family cues. More "youth" appeal (if that's really a thing) comes from the ability to connect the auto to your phone and the wider wired world through Volkswagen vehicle Net and VW's "Security & Service" package. While the T-Roc "Style" is characterised by exclusive touches such as the interior's decorative panels available in a choice of four colours, the focus in the case of the T-Roc "Sport" is on sporty features such as the standard sport comfort seats. The SUV can optionally be configured with ten further driver assistance systems. In Europe, the new model will begin to make in November. Three of those are diesels, which is in some ways a surprise - some commentators had been thinking that, given the T-Roc's urban runabout nature, and the continuing and deepening diesel scandal, VW might take the step of offering it as petrol-only. Optionally buyers will be able to spec blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera, and a parking assist system that parallel parks for you.

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