Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy one?

The T-Roc has enough about it to justify a place on your driveway, but there isn’t much to help it stand out from the crowd. It will definitely appeal to small families looking for something practical yet funky, and it’s cheaper and more spacious than an Audi Q2. The downside is less-than-exemplary interior quality – a surprise for a VW.

We’d recommend picking the 1.5-litre petrol engine if you can. Unless you’re predominantly going to drive in cities, you’ll want to avoid the lower-powered T-Rocs and pick one with at least 150hp. By the same token, the mid-range trim levels represent the best value, so we’d opt for a Design model.

What we like

The T-Roc manages to blend functionality and funkiness seamlessly, creating an appealing family SUV. It’s surprisingly enjoyable to drive and the ride is fairly good too, although we’d avoid the high-end models with their oversized alloy wheels – they tend to spoil the ride somewhat. Better still, the T-Roc has some appealing technology and a wide range of customisation options, which should play well with customers.

What we don’t like

The T-Roc’s interior is something of a disappointment, if only because we’ve come to expect so much quality from Volkswagen. We’re used to seeing plush materials on the dashboard and doors, but the T-Roc’s cabin is awash with harder, scratchier materials than you might expect. And although it can feel a little cheap, the price can soon rise to surprising levels if you get greedy with the options list.

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