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The VW T-Roc – Launch Drive


Trends change all the time, here in warm Mzansi, the shift is moving in the SUV direction heavily, small, medium, large and even the uber luxurious segment is beaming with sales. Volkswagen has decided to strengthen their T-SUV range with the addition of then handsome T-Roc. It slots in between that funky and charming T-Cross and the trusted Tiguan, making that range that much more solid.

We met the T-Roc on a virtual launch not so long ago, I won’t lie I was not impressed by the pics I had seen on socials, amashoshozela had been feeding timelines with the T-Roc R like forever, seeing it in the metal and those two-tone colour combos, hayi iyayisusa indaba. The setting had its effect as well, the serene, luxurious and elegant Lanzarec Hotel located deep in Stellenbosch, situated at the foot of a mountain, which made some of the mornings truly beautiful as clouds looked quite low, it really sets the bar for accommodation venues.

At first glance the stance is one I could not miss, even with the smaller 17” alloys, the wheel designs are outstanding by the way, the front end is donated by a trapezoidal design grille, the daytime running lights that double up as indicators, had me fixated, I love them, the chrome detail and split from fog lights is done an elegant manner where function and style meet.

The side profile is well detailed from top to the bottom, from the top , all 3 pillars join the 2 colour coding, a wide variety of colour combinations to meet every mood, style, and vibe, you can still order one  with a solid colour if the 2Tone does not suit you ,I recommend a two-tone though. The B-pillar has Volkswagen neatly raised, quite a nice detail, most will miss it though as its done in such a subtle manner. Plastic cladding over the wheel arches and lower sill add some protection,the roof colour is  matched to mirrors covers, should you get the R-Line derivative the front fenders with have the markings and 19” wheels, colour coded door handles, chrome beading around the windows and chrome roof racks close off what is truly a good looking vehicle.

The rear is quite impressive, lovely led tail lights, gloss finished roof spoiler, chrome detailed lower valance on the bumper, the T-Roc benefits from the new labeling of centre mounted labels, and the refreshed cool new VW logo.

The interior boasts several combinations on the dash to match the colour combo on the exterior or you can just opt for the traditional grey, leather or upholstery on the seats, multi-function steering wheel, digital interchangeable cluster, and a stunning centre console. An all-round pretty car.

The T-Roc has been launched to our market with 2 engines, 1.4Tsi motor which generates 110kw &250nm mated to an 8 speed Tiptronic gearbox, and a 140kw & 320nm 2.0Tsi power plant with a 7 speed DSG shifter, the drive on both is impressive thanks to several key factors, the stance , power, handling, the seating position for me is always key on any car that has a higher ride height, this T-ROC made me happy in so many ways, as we hit the freeway in CPT the 2.0 with its 4-Motion is good which is what I expected , the dark horse was the 110kw, hayi it blew me away, delivery, handling and all-round capacity to perform, I just didn’t need much provoking, going up Sir Lowrys Pass it really impressed me, most other cars I have driven there have required lower gears for momentum, this 1.4 breezed through the pass. Not taking anything away from the 2.0Tsi 140kw , it just felt better than the recently launched Q3 Sportback, more alive and involving.The drive modes were not needed much especially with 4motion. I found it quite hard to fault the T-Roc, perhaps when it’s on test we will find some gremlins, which I highly doubt.

There are is no word on the T-Roc R yet , I know I shared a pic of one being tested here in YHUTA a while ago, let’s be patient though. These models launched have something quite good within.

The models at launch we decently specified with optional extras that are actually handy for daily use eg, park assist which does alley docking as well if parking markers are slightly slanted, emergency brake assist with pedestrian recognition. Did demos on the above mentioned features, they work quite well.

Our overnight stay at Grootbos was made that much more by the presence and a performance from the majestic Kitty Phetla, and she makes a great brand ambassador,what an awesome launch.

Prices start from R489 400 for the entry level 1.4Tsi Tiptronic to R593 600 for the 2.0Tsi R-line DSG 4Motion, honestly , this brand not know how build a rubbish car, I conclude this story, their orders had just surpassed the 700 units mark , which is testament that this will also sell quite well.

SIYABULELA VOLKSWAGEN SA, Despite a challenging year for all us, you guys pulled through and made the pots, sithi makwande apho nithatha khona, mazi enethole.


Yours in motoring

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani

4 Times CarsAwards Judge

Radio Presenter (BayFM)

Editor Lorenzio Productions

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