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You might wonder what took VW so long to produce a Golf sized SUV that sits under the bigger (and growing) Tiguan, and as expected it’s likely to be a big hit.It ushers in a new level of design emotion for the brand, with a cute, compact shape and lots of personalisation options. Best of all, it’s great to drive with spirited engines and a chassis that blends control and fun with a fair degree of comfort.Inside there’s more space for passengers and luggage than in a Golf (thanks to the increased height), plus plenty of hi tech connectivity, autonomous driving and safety kit available. Volkswagen T Roc vs Audi Q2 vs MINI CountrymanHowever, somewhat surprisingly for a VW, the quality of the plastics in the cabin are poor more in keeping with a budget brand than a Volkswagen. That’s especially so given the list prices, which are close to premium.Our ChoiceVW T Roc 1.0 litre TSI SEThe Volkswagen T Roc shares its wheelbase and the widely used VW Group MQB platform with the Audi Q2, but we’ll leave you to decide which is the better looking of the two.It enters one of the most popular and fastest growing sectors of the car market, battling other SUVs that sit between the likes of the Nissan Juke and Qashqai in size, not unlike Vauxhall’s Mokka X.Image 2 of 33Buyers love the 4×4 style, higher seating position and extra space inside in a footprint that’s no larger than an average family hatchback. Of course, VW also has the Tiguan in its line up, but that SUV has grown in its latest incarnation, with prices rising accordingly. And elsewhere in the group there are cars like SEAT’s Arona and Ateca, plus Skoda’s Karoq. Best crossovers and small SUVsYou’ve only got one bodystyle to choose from in the T Roc range, but the line up of engine choices is huge: three petrol and two diesel, with 114, 148 and 188bhp options on the petrol side in 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 litre sized or 114 and 148bhp choices for the 1.6 and two 2.0 litre diesels.Four wheel drive is also an option, as are auto gearboxes with some engines. There’s no out and out performance version yet a hot T Roc R with around 300bhp has been rumoured.A total of five different trim levels are offered. Order books for SE, Design and SE L cars are open now, while the entry level S grade car and the sporty looking T Roc R Line will go on sale early in 2018. The car’s full spread of powertrain options will follow too. As of now,
only two petrol versions are available; the 148bhp 1.5 litre EVO unit, and the 187bhp 2.0 litre TSI mated to 4MOTION all wheel drive.Engines, performance and drive4.4As part of VW’s push to get more emotion into its range, the T Roc is a fun car to drive. The steering is quick to react and responsive on the move, there’s plenty of grip on offer, while the chassis provides a good blend of control and comfort.Some of the more expensive models give you a chance to adjust various driving settings, including the ride comfort. In the top spec 2.0 litre petrol with auto gearbox and four wheel drive, we’d set the drive mode to Sport the combination of engine, DSG gearbox and 4motion four wheel drive means acceleration can feel a little hesitant in normal mode.Image 3 of 33There are also Eco and Comfort modes but if you can delve into the Individual setting and adjust the gearbox, steering and throttle response to Sport mode while keeping the suspension in comfort, you’ll come close to achieving the best of all worlds.The sport setting can leave you wincing a little over the worst jolts in the road (although our car was on optional 19 inch wheels), but comfort is more pliant, while still keeping you in touch with the state of the surface. It’s a nice blend of luxury and control.Driving the T Roc around town is both fun and easy you can perfectly judge the four corners of the car, while visibility is good all round. This is a car that’s easy to park, although you can order your car with self parking technology, too.Refinement is impressive, especially on the motorway. There was a bit of wind noise as the air gets pushed around the big door mirrors and slaps on the side windows, but it’s only really noticeable because everything else is so quiet.Engines1.0 litre engine is a little star and should work well in the T Roc, while new 1.5 litre petrol offers perky performance and excellent refinement. The range topping 2.0 litre ups the fun factor and there are two diesels if you want them.We suspect the new 148bhp 1.5 litre petrol engine will be the pick of the range, but we’d try the 114bhp 1.0 litre three cylinder engine first it’s a great little engine that works well in the Audi Q2 and can be really fun to drive without being too buzzy. Volkswagen reckons that this engine will be the most popular option once sales get fully underway.Image 4 of 33We’ve driven the current range topper, the 187bhp 2.0 litre petrol, which offers warm hatch rivalling performance, impressive refinement and decent economy, too.Although diesels are declining in popularity and will account for around 20 per cent of sales partly due to the excellence of new petrol engines they’re still the best choice for high mileage drivers and the 114bhp 1.6 and 148bhp 2.0 litre are proven elsewhere in the VW Groups cars. The 2.0 litre TDI engine is as solid as it is elsewhere in Volkswagen’s range,
delivering a blend of gutsy diesel torque and acceptable refinement.