Based on the same MQB platform as the Golf, the T-Roc is a compact crossover from Volkswagen. Being one of the newer models in the German brand’s arsenal, the T-Roc is billed as a premium car in our market and comes over as a CBU (Completely Built Unit). This is primarily one of the reasons why it costs Rs 21.35 Lakh (ex-showroom, India). It made its India debut back in March 2020 as Volkswagen brought in 1,000 units, all of which were sold out in six months! The second batch of the T-Roc finally arrived a couple of months ago, and in April 2021, Volkswagen sold 166 units in the country.
Considering the steep price tag, 166 units sold in the month that witnessed lockdowns is a pretty impressive achievement. In our market, the Volkswagen T-Roc goes up against the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass. If you are interested, know that the booking amount for the T-Roc is Rs 50,000. As far as its external dimensions are concerned, the Volkswagen T-Roc measures 4,234mm in length, 1,819mm in width, and 1,573mm in height. Meanwhile, the compact SUV has a wheelbase of 2,590mm and a boot capacity of 445 liters. Customers can choose the T-Roc in one of the following colors: Curcuma Yellow, Energetic Orange, Indium Grey, Pure White, and Ravenna Blue.
Compared to some other crossover SUVs, the design of the Volkswagen T-Roc is not as menacing or brutish. However, the T-Roc does get a few cool styling bits such as the LED DRLs around the faux vents up front, dual-chamber LED headlamps, a wide front grille, a floating roof effect with two-tone paint, and a raked C-pillar. There is no doubt that the T-Roc is a good-looking car in a not-too-flashy-looking attire. For those who like subtlety with a touch of chic, this premium crossover SUV will fit the bill.
The interior of the Volkswagen T-Roc comes across as a well-built and reasonably practical space. However, it is not the most fun or exciting-looking piece of modern Volkswagen design, and there are hints of blandness in the way some of the controls feel in terms of their look and operation.
Having said that, the T-Roc comes well-equipped with features that one might find handy in day-to-day usage. The list of equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start, leather upholstery, a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment head unit with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, a 6-speaker audio system, paddle shifters, a digital driver’s display, and an electronic parking brake.
The Volkswagen T-Roc has you covered when it comes to safety features as well. As standard, the India-spec model gets all-around disc brakes with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist, Anti Skid Regulation, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Auto Brake Hold, front & rear parking sensors with a rearview camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, ISOFIX anchor points, and six airbags. Meanwhile, power comes from a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 147hp and 250Nm of torque. The TSI motor in the T-Roc mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox allows it to hit a top speed of 205 kmph and accelerate to 100 kmph in 8.4 seconds.