VW has added the striking Black Edition to its popular T-Roc line-up and it comes with lots of extra kit plus a distinctive styling package.
It is based on the T-Roc SE model, but buyers get £2,000 worth of extra features for just £400 additional cost, making this an attractive option for anyone who likes their car to stand out in a crowd.
Despite being named the Black Edition, this T-Roc is available in a number of colours, but you do get lots of black-coloured trim such as the front grille, roof rails, window surrounds, side skirts, door mirrors, exhaust pipes, ‘Black Edition' decal on the C-pillar and the 18-inch alloys are also finished in black.
Move inside and once again the black theme is prominent with a black dashboard and headlining, along with piano black decorative inserts in the dash and door panels.
The five-door T-Roc sits between the smaller T-Cross and Tiguan in VW's SUV line-up and customers have the choice of a number of powertrains. We opted for the 1.5-litre 150ps petrol model with a six speed manual gearbox.
This car, costing Â£25,525 (Â£28,340 with options) can sprint from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 127mph. According to official figures, it can deliver a combined 42.2mpg with carbon emissions of 152g/km - under stricter WLTP testing.
As the Black Edition is based on the feature-rich T-Roc SE, there is lots of on-board technology included in the starting price, such as MirrorLink with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, an eight-inch colour touchscreen, air conditioning, a nice sound system, adaptive cruise control and plenty more besides.
One of the optional extras on the test car was an upgraded media navigation infotainment system with preloaded European mapping, online traffic reports, a wi-fi hotspot and media streaming.
When it comes to performance, the T-Roc is a pleasure to drive and you will instantly feel right at home behind the flat-bottomed leather steering wheel. The acceleration is impressive from the punchy engine and the transmission is both smooth and responsive with plenty of firepower to overtake slower moving traffic.
The road-holding is assured with next-to-no body sway into bends and it's a car that's happy eating up the motorway miles or weaving through busier city centres.
Comfort levels are good with space for a couple of adults in the back provided the front seats are not pushed too far back and the storage options are just what you would expect from this type of car. The boot can swallow 445 litres of kit, a limit that increases to 1,290 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat.
Elsewhere, there are numerous practical storage compartments scattered throughout the car, including a cubby box under the front armrest, door bins with bottle sections, front and rear cup holders, a glovebox, seat back pockets and a useful drawer tucked away beneath the driver's seat.
Safety specifications on the car are also high and it was awarded the maximum five stars when tested for its Euro NCAP rating. Features include electronic stability control, traction control, lane assist, front assist, predictive pedestrian protection whereby the car brakes if its sensors detect a pedestrian in the road ahead and a full suite of airbags.
Optional safety tech on the test car included a rear-view camera costing £190 and pre-crash preventive occupant protection that costs £155 and tightens the seatbelts, closes the windows and activates the brakes if a critical driving situation is detected.