Rs 21.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Why is it here?
Stands out from a crowd, but is it desirable?
In India, “bang for buck” is one of, if not, the most important trait while buying a new car. And by that logic, the VW T-ROC is already off to a disappointing start. Neither is it the most outlandish SUV out there, nor is it inexpensive, or even feature-packed. So, it really begs the question as to how did VW manage to sell almost all of the 1000 units of this pricey, CBU SUV in just over a month? However, thanks to a second lockdown in Maharashtra, I couldn’t drive around finding that answer. But, I sure wanted at least a gist of what the hullabaloo was.
Sadly, it wasn’t an impressive start. It gets heating for the front seats and there is a DVD player with two SD card slots in the glovebox, both of which are useful only if you are in Iceland in the mid-2000s. Then, there is a rotary knob for the backrest to adjust, and trust me, you will be left red-faced when you have to explain the working. That said, it’s not all doom and gloom.
The design is arguably the highlight of the T-ROC and it sure looks very good from every angle. Then is the build and feel on the inside which is just stellar and the premium kit like a fully digital instrument cluster that can show an array of information does look cool. There is also the ‘Lane Assist’ which, although needs perfectly marked roads to work well, is something worth bragging. You also get a sunroof, and even though none of this was extensively tested thanks to lockdown, the substantial 445-litre boot was more than helpful on those curfew-free grocery runs. And while I was on them, I realised why the T-ROC wasn’t really a hard sell. It is a conversation starter. It is so rare and with the Kurkuma Yellow, it just pops among your usual SUVs. You suddenly don’t care about the stupid seat adjust or the heating function and the DVD slot. The social validation and the number of eyes it turns more than makes up for it.
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo-petrol
Power: 108bhp at 5000-6000rpm
Torque: 250Nm at 1500-3500rpm
Gearbox: 7-speed automatic