Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Volkswagen T-Roc?

Yes. The Volkswagen T-Roc will definitely appeal to small families looking for something practical yet funky to look at. It’s arguably easier on the eye than the Audi Q2, has more boot space than it and is a little cheaper too. Its highly configurable exterior and interior are other big positives that should really hit home with the buyers it's aimed at. However if you don't want that kind of thing, you can still have a typically restrained version with more muted colours. Very Volkswagen.

What isn't very Volkswagen is the quality of some of the interior plastics. We've become used to VWs coming with plush materials on the dashboard and doors, but the T-Roc's cabin is awash with harder, scratchier materials than you might expect. This is where it loses out to its Audi and MINI stablemates. 

It’s not as fun to drive as a MINI Countryman either, and it'll get expensive very quickly if you start clicking on the options when speccing your car. If you're looking for the most practical SUV/crossover for your money, you'd be better served looking at something like a Renault Kadjar or even the SEAT Ateca. 

The good news is that you don't have to spend the most amount of money to get a better T-Roc. The biggest portion sold come with the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. It's small and light, but fairly decent on fuel, meaning it's far from being the poor relation of the range. Performance fans will be well catered for when the T-Roc R joins the range with the same engine as the VW Golf R, but even the diesels are a good fit if it's outright economy that's your main priority. 

Overall, though, the Volkswagen T-Roc will be a safe pair of hands for many small crossover buyers, and as such we have no reservation in recommending it over its less interesting rivals.