But since it's been on sale since 2017 internationally, is it a story of too little too late for Volkswagen? Before we find out remember you can read the full written review over on cars guide.com.au and hit those like and subscribe buttons to stay up to date, with our latest reviews right from the get go, you'd hardly be able to tell that the T roc has been On market internationally, since 2017, it's a damn sharp looking little jigger, there are so many parts on this car that are kind of cool and, unlike the rest of Volkswagens, very serious range. Take the front here, for example, there's this really nice textured grille. Here these LED light fittings and these cool integrated indicators in the DRLs here then round the side here, you've got these big wheels that really fill these arches and stylish trim bits that are part of this R line package around the back. You'Ve got a cutaway coupie kind of roofline that is really accentuated by the chrome trim that runs across there. It all adds up for a very athletic sort of package. This cars very profile cuts an athletic frame speaking to its youthful target audience. I bet you're thinking. Well, this all looks a bit expensive, and that would be because it is the T. Roc is available in just one variant for 140 TSI sport. That starts at a whopping, 44 90. For that money you can have a mid grade, Tiguan or even higher specs of some midsize rivals and in terms of small SUVs, it's, far more pricely than even the notoriously expensive mazda CX 30.
Once you delve into the spec sheet, though, you'll quickly find out why it cost so much in Australia. The T Roc gets an R line Sports Pack as standard which includes the sexy, exterior, look progressive, steering as well as all the safety inclusions like full radar. Cruise freeway speed, auto emergency braking blind spot and land keep assist on the inside. You get this really impressive. Digital dash suit Audi style, you get this impressive touchscreen that houses the multimedia system. You also get keyless entry with push start ignition, and this auto dimming rear vision mirror that's. Not all there is to our car, though. No, our car gets this amazingly impressive, panoramic sunroof. That also opens it gets this vienna, leather seat, trim and that's part of a three and a half thousand dollar pack, but that's not all either those giant wheels we mentioned before, and this 300 watt beatsaudio system. That actually sounds pretty good that'll be another two grand thanks and then there's the premium paint option on our car that's another 600 on top keeping track. That makes the total for our very well specified car, where an MSRP of forty six five. Ninety pretty close to fifty grand once you get it on the road, while it's compact dimensions might not make it look very big for that money. It'S actually brilliantly packaged in the cabin with plenty of room up front. The only let downs are the abundance of hard, but well textured surfaces and the manually adjustable seats.
On a final note, the T Roc will be covered by Volkswagens five year. Unlimited kilometer warranty we'll, have service packs that last either three or five years that are able to be bundled in at the time of purchase. The backseat here is pretty good, too getting in and out isn't, quite as easy, just because it's got a smaller door. Aperture and a really high wheel arch there, but once you're inside the room is actually really good, there's plenty of knee room for me, a surprising amount in fact, and head rooms not too bad. Despite that, sunroof you've got two adjustable air vents and a 12 volt power outlet in terms of amenities as well. Despite that coupie roofline, the T roc actually has a pretty practical boot, it's, bigger in fact than its golf sibling coming in at '2 liters. What does that mean? Well, it fits our largest cars guide case easily, but perhaps no more than that, and if its practicality you're after I remember that Volkswagen is also offering its T cross SUV, which, even though it's smaller is bigger on the inside it's under the bonnet. Here that the t rocks value equation makes even more sense, it's beating hard as a two liter engine, with surprisingly powerful outputs that place it amongst the most powerful in the non premium, small SUV segment. Now I reckon this is actually the gold standard for non premium. Small SUVs now and it's, not just power from that two liter turbo engine it's ride and Handling to think of it compared to its competitors.
We'Ve got something like mazda CX, 30, now that's nice on the inside nice and plush, and luxury and it's relatively well put together too, but it's, just not quite as polished as this and then there's Hyundai's Kona. You can get a 2 liter engine there. So it's not necessarily power that's the issue, but it also doesn't have the swish all most luxurious nature of this car's interior either. Having that extra power as well means there's a few less of those little common Volkswagen complaints, things like turbo lag that's less of an issue here and getting caught in intersections, according between gears and without power, that's a little bit less prominent in this car as well Handling is excellent, it's happy to carve up any corner. You can throw at it and that's helped by that active chassis control that dynamic steering that's on our car and the all wheel. Drive as well is excellent, and that really sets it. Apart from something like a Golf GTI, as well I'd say, actually, this car is sort of almost 80 of a golf GTI in its general characteristics, it's really fun to drive, it's, really punchy. It handles really well and it's, not quite as powerful, but it's almost there. The ride is actually really good, too. I know you're, probably looking at those giant wheels before thinking. Well, I don't know if it's gon na ride so well – and you know, especially with that really good handling as well.
The cost could be a bit of a rough ride, but it's not actually that bad it's it's really composed over most bumps and it's. Only the sharpest of bumps that you really notice that extra wheel, size there's, just not quite enough tire to absorb it and that's really. My main complaint in here that composed ride also makes it really quiet and there's plenty of insulation from the engine. So, unless you're really pushing it, you can't hear that either the T roc really is a bit of a different. Take on the smaller SUV formula. It'S well specified it's youthful it's even well packaged, but we think it's tall price of entry we'll make it only for those really looking for that best in class drive experience that it provides.