No Vernerbongo2,the T-Roc mk1 will be produced until the 23rd of December,and the facelift it may be available on the market sooner, but for that some problems will have to be resolved by the suppliers/VW logisticaSeems a very long wait considering they've stopped building the mrk1 which is only available from stock. 🤷♂️
Still has hard window sills. Like a Polo. Which is way cheaper. And still no felt. I feel like it was a half-arsed effort at improving the interior quality and if I go for another VAG car, it will be from Skoda. Most of their cars feel luxury inside these days.As someone who looked at the T-Roc before buying something else (Skoda Yeti) this update has reignited my interest when I change cars in 2022. What put me right off the original T-Roc was the downmarket interior - all hard surfaces and utilitarian. On the Mk2 there is soft touch dashboard and a much more quality feel/look to it. Obviously VW eventually took notice of the criticism of the poor interior from virtually every reviewer and decided to give the new model the interiror quality it deserved and was missing from the launch version.
I first had ACC with steering wheel controls on my previous car, a 2014 Golf mk7, and I had a basic cruise control with a stalk on the car before that, a 2010 Jetta. I got used to operating both without too much trouble, but the steering wheel seems the better solution to me as your hand remains in contact with or very close to the steering wheel rather than underneath. I never have to look at the wheel to operate it. Fine tuning the set speed by +/- 1mph or +/- 5mph is a piece of cake, as is temporarily suspending and resuming.... The wheel mounted setup is great if you are unfamiliar with the controls but you need to keep looking at the wheel to operate it ...
Until you get very familiar with the stalk controls, I think they are inherently unsafe to operate. It is close to a deal breaker for me when choosing a new car now, and there is no way my wife would ever use one.... The Audi 3rd stalk is great to just flick to set/resume or adjust speeds, really a natural movement, but a pain to operate if you are unfamiliar with it as you can't really see it without taking your eyes down lower.
As a potential purchaser I have to say that the facelift model looks a lot more up to date than, in my opinion, the blandness of the original. The better looks coupled with a much improved interior (soft touch dashboard etc.) has made me consider a T-Roc for my next vehicle. Mind you others in the running are new Honda VR-V (hybrid) and new Kia Niro hybrid (2022 model). The T-Roc is not hybrid and doesn’t pretend to be anything other than standard ICE which is far preferable to cars like the Puma which claim to be mild hybrid but in all honesty are so mild as to be nothing much more than an advertising claim. Until I’ve driven them all won’t make a decision but at least T-Roc is in the running.At first I didn't mind the look. From the front it looked a bit Mk1 Tiguan Escape with the higher lower bumper design (if that makes sense), but...
Having now seen pictures of the production cars rear, that is some ugly duckling. What were they thinking when they put those 'oval' red refectors (assuming) above the fake exhausts. Also, to either side the drop of the bumpers from the wheel arches just looks wrong and cumbersome.
As some others have said, glad we've got a pre-facelift.
Why is an RSQ3 a distant 3rd? I’d have that over any of the others you mentioned without even thinking about it. Tremendous car with tremendous performance and a much nicer car than all the rest. Get the sportback model and add black pack 😍😍😍😍A facelift 'R' is on my shortlist too, but delivery timescales are possibly too uncertain. (My other prime candidate is a Mini Countryman JCW, which I'm told is still available on 3-4 month delivery, with an RSQ3 as a fairly distant 3rd choice).
I think it's very difficult to judge whether you like the look of the facelift without seeing more on-the-road footage online, but all there's been so far seems to be the various warehouse shots plus a short segment of B-roll. And of course seeing the car in the metal is better still, but that's probably not going to be an option on my ordering timescale. I'm guessing that there will be a proper press launch sometime soon, ie with cars available for the journo's to drive, which AFAIK hasn't happened yet. This should generate some more YouTube videos. FWIW I wasn't in love with the look of the 'old' T-Roc model and the FL seems to look slightly better. Why am I even considering it? Because there are so few models that meet a small crossover/SUV spec with 300bhp and 4WD. The choice is very limited. (SQ2 is out on several grounds, Cupra Ateca is an option, but a relatively old car now. BMW Q1/Q2 don't appeal.)
As to the various controls etc: I suspect that no-one likes the new touch controls but they're presumably cheaper to make and it's increasingly difficult to find a new model that doesn't have them, including virtually all EVs. I wouldn't be surprised if VW group listen to some of the universal criticism and maybe the next generation of ID3/ID4 etc will regress a little towards knobs and buttons (or at least have more usable touch controls). But that's not going to happen on my timescale for ordering a new car so I've got to live with what's actually available.