2018 VW T-Roc First Drive, Specs

The 2018 VW T-Roc is a refreshing take on compact SUV crossover and it does not look like typical VW models- as it is. Volkswagen is leaving no stone unturned to strengthen its footprint in SUV and crossover segment and it also wants to appeal to all type of buyers in the segment.

After unveiling a Large US-centric SUV in form of the Atlas, and releasing a new variant of Tiguan-the carmaker is all set to launch a small sized crossover named T Roc. Called the innovative compact crossover, the T-Roc has sporty exterior styling, enough safety technologies, and several engine choices to woo target buyers. It will be pitted against rivals like Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and even VW group models like Seat Ateca.

2018 VW T-Roc front

2018 VW T-Roc – Good Looking SUV

The sharp styling and color combination make it stand out amidst similar looking models. Compared to big siblings Tiguan and Touareg- it looks sportier and far less conservative. The crisply curved wheel-arches and wide grille look nice. The raked tailgate, aluminum exterior detailing also add some freshness to the exterior styling.

There is a massive air dam on the front bumper and a couple of fake vents are there too. There are three trims- base, Sport and Style. The roof is a little bent to the rear side. There is no removable roof but that is actually a practical modification made by VW. The dual tone paint is striking but not all color combination looks nice.

The cabin of 2018 VW T Roc is sleek and ergonomically planned. You will find some plastics inside but that do not necessarily appear cheap looking. The upholstery oozes premium look and interior tech is aplenty. A digital instrument cluster and 8.0-inch infotainment display is there as well. Default cargo space is 15.71 cubic feet.

Safety Feature and Amenities

The 2018 VW T-Roc is equipped with nice safety feature and amenities leave little room for grudges. The base trim gets a 6.5-inch infotainment touch display and next two trims get bigger 8-inch units. VW has used a top-notch infotainment setup in the T Roc. The touch response is great and getting hang of things is not hard at all. Smartphone integration is flawless and both Android and iOS devices are supported.

Style trim comes with a choice of 4 trim accent colors, alert system, and comfort seats. It also gets laden with white ambient lighting. Sport trim adds red ambient lighting, chrome door skins, sport comfort seats, black roof liner. Interior color options are Caribou Grey for Sport trim and Energetic Orange Metallic, Curcuma Yellow Metallic, Ravenna Blue and Black Oak Brown for Style trim. Audiophiles can upgrade to a Beats audio system. The Active Info Display is also optional. You can opt for a panoramic glass roof.

VW has included several safety features in all trims including airbags, City Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking and Lane Keep Assist. Optional safety features are Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear View camera, Blind Spot Monitor, Park Assist etc.

2018 VW T-Roc interior

2018 VW T-Roc – Engine that Promise

The 2018 VW T-Roc is sold with three engine choices through all enjoins may not be offered in all markets eventually. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is what you find in the base trim. Then there is the 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit. The turbo-diesel 2.o liter engine is the last choice.

Though the cabin of 2018 VW T-Roc is not very quiet- the ride quality is sporty and enjoyable. Minimal body roll is there but the car soaks in bumps with ease. You get 3 damping modes and auto is actually the ideal.

2018 VW T-Roc rear

2018 VW T-Roc – Availability and Cost

The 2018 VW T-Roc will soon reach showrooms for sale. Base trim price should be around $22.000.

Summing it up

The 2018 VW T-Roc is a stylish and feature rich Crossover and disliking it is actually hard for most people. The on your face styling- which makes it stand apart from stablemates like Passat and Tiguan is a welcome trend in VW’s approach to new models. The cabin is not lavish but it is practically designed. You get enough engine choices and safety wise, VW ticks most of the boxes. With right pricing, the T Roc is capable of posing a steep challenge to segment rivals like Audi Q2 and Mazda CX-3.

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