You're thinking of buying a compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), but you're not sure what to choose. Well, the good news is that your task is just about to become a little bit easier. Volkswagen are to introduce a new competitor to the market - the VW T-Roc.
You will currently be mulling over the intricacies of the Peugeot 2008, the Nissan Juke or perhaps the Renault Captur - and maybe one or two others, including offerings from Suzuki and Skoda. But, those that have owned a Volkswagen before will immediately feel relieved that the marque is bringing a competitor to the table. Everyone will be aware of the cult status afforded to the VW Golf by those that have owned one, but other VW models kindle similar 'religious' undertones in their owners - just ask a Beetle or Camper owner. So, whether it's the build quality, reliability, comfort, value for money or some other aspect that makes VW so popular, there must be a reason for such feelings from their owners, right?
For the United Kingdom market there are likely to be six differing engines, manual and automatic gearboxes, as well as front and four-wheel drive to choose from on the three base models available, onto which you can add a host of options that could make your T-Roc as individual as you would like it to be.
Yet to be fully confirmed, but entry-level T-Rocs should be provided with autonomous emergency braking, lane assistance, air-conditioning, LED rear lights and LED daytime running lights, black plastic cladding on the lower half of the doors and bumpers and 16-inch wheels. Higher specification models should get ambient lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tips, upgraded seats and greater scope for personalisation.
The updated styling being rolled out across Volkswagen, the heritage established from the Touareg and Tiguan, luggage capacity that competitors struggle to match and a 'priced-to-sell' tag (expected to be starting around £19,000), mean that the T-Roc is going to be a very desirable option in the compact SUV market.
It is likely that we will be able to take orders from October 2017, with first deliveries expected in the early part of 2018. So, if you are looking for a compact SUV, your task has just got a whole lot easier!