I recently encountered my first ‘breakdown’ in a test car. I use inverted commas because, while I wasn’t technically broken down, the fault did prevent me travelling any further.
While driving to London on the A1 in rush hour traffic and very heavy rain the window wipers became slow, and, after several juddery sweeps of the screen as though they were losing power, they stopped working completely.
After putting the hazards on and pulling onto the hard shoulder, a quick off/on of the key had operation restored only for the same thing to happen a few miles later. This time no operation (other than the squirter jets) would work.
I called the VW assistance number on the key fob which rang and rang with no answer. Eventually I gave up, deciding to call my own breakdown provider.
When I turned on the ignition this time, some warning messages appeared on the dash showing a fault with the wipers and with the adaptive cruise control I had been using.
Turning cruise control off returned power to the wipers and I was able to carry on with my journey.
It’s a fault I haven’t been able to replicate since, despite trying different combinations of wiper and cruise control speed.
Perhaps it was a freak glitch or perhaps the unusally heavy rain had somehow caused havoc somewhere.
Volkswagen offers the T-Roc with three petrol and two turbo diesel Euro 6-compliant engines.
The petrol line-up consists of the 1.0-litre 115 PS TSI, the 1.5-litre EVO 150 PS TSI and the 2.0-litre 190 PS TSI (available with four-wheel-drive). Diesel engines are the 2.0-litre 150 PS TDI and the 1.6-litre 115 PS TDI tested here.
Available in S, SE, Design, SEL and R-Line trim levels Volkswagen anticipates that SE will be the most popular trim with as much as 40% of sales.
The T-Roc has the latest convenience and safety technology. S trim includes front assist, featuring predictive pedestrian protection and city emergency braking, and lane assist.
Our car is the SE trim, which adds adaptive cruise control (ACC) and parking sensors, while Design adds Volkswagen’s driver alert system, which detects driver fatigue.
This full, five-seat car has one of the largest luggage compartments in its class at 445 litres (with seats up), increasing to 1,290 litres with the rear bench folded forward (392/1,237 litres for 4Motion vehicles).
Driver Personalisation offers individual settings for more than 100 infotainment, convenience, and assistance systems (subject to the relevant features being installed in the car) which are activated by each driver’s personal key.
Personalisation continues with a variety of bold exterior colours, contrasting roof, pillar and dashpad colours and various interior trim versions. Our test vehicle has a P11D value of £23,510.00, is WLTP-type approved and offers a manufacturer's combined fuel efficiency figure of 50.8mpg.