The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Stylish little SUV

Starting price: £25,840

Pros

Tight turning circle – easy to park

Good size boot for a smaller SUV

Up to spec

Great safety record

Cons

Interior lacking in style

Costly additions to build the car

Intro

The T-Roc is a smaller SUV and looks rather like a larger VW Golf with a great safety record.  Quite sporty and stylish and rivals would be the Audi Q2, Vauxhall Mokka and Mini Countryman amongst others. A good looking car.  The T-Roc is available in 4 editions with the entry level called ‘Active’ which has a good level of kit from heated seats, electric boot lid through to rear and front parking sensors. If you really want to stand out there a selection of 20 colours which include two tone! 

With being that little bit higher up you certainly get good visibility of the road ahead. We found the car fun to drive and with Apple play at our fingers tips we were able to add some lively tunes to this test drive. A Thelma and Louise moment!  However, we thought it was amusing that you can upgrade to have a subwoofer…. not sure the children would approve with old classics blaring out at pick up! 

The automatic car was a little jerky when changing through the gears, but generally felt quite nippy and the car definitely holds its own.

The steering wheel has a tight turning circle which makes parking really easy. Great when trying to squeeze into the smallest of spaces. Like with the VW Golf there is the ‘Parking Assist’ function where the car steers the vehicle into the space and all the driver needs to do is use the accelerator and brake (plus clutch on the manual).  There are rear and front parking sensors too and these can easily be switched off if you require. You would need to upgrade for the slick folding and heated mirrors. A slight negative was that the rear pillars are quite large and therefore do obscure the view.

Overall it’s a quiet and yet a punchy drive which hits 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds.

Interior

From a seated position all the controls are well laid out for ease when driving.

Like its big brother, the Tiguan, it has a touchscreen onboard computer (standard is 8 inches and to spec is 10.3 inches) so it does tend to get a little smeared with finger marks.  We ideally would love to be able to navigate the screen with a combination of touch and rotary control which is potentially safer whilst driving. The climate control was easy to play around with and if you prefer a digital cockpit then there is the option to pay extra for this crisp screen.

The interior does not quite match up to the smart exterior and was a little disappointing.  The finishes felt a bit plastic albeit for an upgrade you can inject some colour by changing these trims. 

The steering wheel was easy to adjust which would be great for big knees or baby bumps!

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats were comfortable with a great high position and you will need to pay extra if your prefer a leather more practical trim.

The rear seats would be able to fit 2 child seats (2 isofix points). Whilst a rear facing baby seat would require for the front passenger to move forward and therefore loose legroom. 

The middle seat space is small, but could happily fit 3 children or at a squeeze 3 adults.  Although the transmission tunnel, running in the middle of the floor space, was quite high and leg room was seriously compromised….. definitely worth pulling straws for a window seat!

Cups & Cubby

There was a handy well, in front of the gear stick, to store your phone with 1 USB point (upgrade required for further points).

The cupholders were not great and did not actually ‘hold’ the cup / bottle in place. A bit wobbly! The door bins in the front were a good size albeit that the rear seat door bins were a little small. The glove box was very average although enough to hide some emergency snacks or babywipes.

Under the driver’s seat we loved the ‘secret’ drawer to prevent items from being on show especially if you are out and about, off for a run or even doing something fun outdoors!

The middle armrest, when pulled down, was great and had adjustable cup holders.  A big tick to make sure that bottles do not fall out and end up rattling around the foot wells.  

Boot Space

The boot size (445 litres) was good for this smaller SUV and happily fitted in a large pram or buggy. There is an adjustable panel which drops down by about 10cm to create the extra space.  However, it does then have quite a big boot lip which is not always ideal if you need to lift heavy items in.

There is a through loading hatch in the middle seat if you happen to have any long items that need to be transporting!  Although family life is always colourful who knows when you may need to transport a ladder or a pair of skis! 

Summary

Overall, this is a good looking, run around with the extra space for either the supermarket or weekends away. The price is slightly on the high side, but overall a very likable car.

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

445 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4234 mm (L) & 1992 mm (W)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

44.8

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

8.4 secs