What is it? 

To say the Volkswagen T-Roc swims against the tide of Indian SUV convention is an enormous understatement. We Indians tend to equate SUVs with size and bombastic road presence, and naturally, price is a direct correlation – the more expensive an SUV is, the bigger it needs to be. Even among the crossovers, the popular vote still goes to the tall, chunky, squared-jawed type, so much so that even hatchbacks have started to ape the look. And then there’s the continued preference for diesel power with vehicles like this. So this compact crossover with its low-slung roof and 1.5-litre petrol engine at a price of Rs 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom) sounds like something that simply should not work. And yet, VW was able to find takers for almost its entire 1,000-unit CBU import allocation in just over a month. There’s clearly more to it than meets the eye, and we aim to find…

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