VW’s Vivo and Polo might be the brand’s most popular vehicles, but the market is changing – rapidly.

The German automotive company has seen demand change dramatically for its SUVs since 2015. Over the last five years, there has nearly been a 50% increase from loyal VW followers, seeking vehicles with more ground clearance.

VW has responded with a range of new SUVs and crossovers, all of which are evolutions of its legacy passenger car models. The latest of these is T-Roc, built on the current Golf platform.

Mix-and-match colour combos

With T-Roc the theme is customer individualisation, which is always difficult to achieve for a brand that sells in the sheer volumes that VW achieves. One of the simplest ways of giving its T-Roc owners the feeling of superior individuality is the dual-tone paint finish.

VW is offering no less than 25 primary colourways with its new crossover. By simply offering a contrasting roof colour, owners of the T-Roc can vividly customize their vehicle’s appearance. One of the most striking combinations is the white bodywork, with a red roof and wing mirrors.

VW T-Roc destiny: Gravel travel

There are five alloy wheel options, ranging in size from 17 to 19 inches. Although the larger wheels best compliment the T-Roc’s design, a smaller rim size with larger volume tyre always delivers superior ride quality on South African roads. This s especially true if you are going to be driving a lot of gravel, which is part of the T-Roc’s product destiny – especially for local customers.

Beyond the exterior styling details, this new VW offers a compelling level of cabin digitisation. You can add colour to the cabin, too, with bright dashboard finishes. VW’s App connect system does a great job of mirroring your Smartphone’s functionality via the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, whilst there is also powerful inductive charging, that avoids the annoyance of having to port cables.

All-wheel drive option for ‘light’ off-roading

The T-Roc’s is powered by two engine options. Both the 1.4- and 2-litre four-cylinder engines are turbopetrols. VW’s smaller engine boosts 110kW and 250Nm, driving the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

For those who seek more performance and the gravel touring ability of all-wheel drive, the two-litre version is good for 140kW and 320Nm. It also uses VW’s excellent seven-speed DSG transmission.

VW has managed to price the entry-level T-Roc 1.4 TSi just below the R500,000 barrier, at R489,400. The 2.0 TSi retails for R548,300 and if you add an R-Design upgrade to that mechanical configuration, pricing increasing to R593,600.

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