68: Volkswagen T-Roc – Stylish design not quite matched by driving flair

 

To be honest, we had expected the T-Roc to become VW’s best-seller, ahead of the Golf. Instead, so far in 2019 in Ireland, it’s the Tiguan that’s taken that prize, but the T-Roc still has its appeal.

That appeal lies chiefly in its styling, which is chunky and appealing, and which works best if you go for a strong, bright colour - greys and blacks just make it fade anonymously into the background. Anonymous is a pretty good summation of the driving experience.

The T-Roc’s biggest failing, though, is its interior which, although sufficiently roomy, just looks and feels too cheap for a car costing this much. It’s not an unlikeable car, but all in all we’d rather have a Golf for the same (or less) money.

Best model: T-Roc Sport 1.5 TSI Evo for €30,795

Price range: €25,795 to €36,350. Finance from €299 per month.

Co2 emissions: 115 to 176g/km

Sum up: Not a favourite, but a well-thought out product.

* A note on Co2 figures: For almost all the cars in the Top 100, we’ve quoted the stricter WLTP figures for Co2 emissions. A few are still quoted on their older NEDC2 figure, and that’s the number they’ll be taxed on. If you’re confused at all, just consult your local dealer for specific data for the make and model in which you’re interested.