At £18,950, the entry-level T-Roc 1.0 TSI is slightly more expensive than a like-for-like Ateca, with the Spanish crossover costing just £280 less.

Standard equipment at this price point isn’t bad, with DAB radio, an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system and Bluetooth connectivity all thrown in.

Richard Lane

Road tester
As strong a performance on retained value as you’re likely to find in a crossover hatch, despite a high list price

If you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, though, you’ll have to step up to SE trim, which commands a £1475 premium. Satellite navigation isn’t fitted as standard until you reach Design trim, which starts at £21,125.

That’s considerably less than our range-topping SEL test car, which is priced from a hefty £31,485before options.

Although that’s expensive, it is not exorbitant, considering its level of performance and equipment. There’s plenty of in-car technology included, but it pays to remember that you’ll be very close to pushing into proper premium-brand territory here: a BMW X1 20i Sport could be yours for just over £1000 more, for instance.

The T-Roc is marginally outdone by one or two rivals in terms of depreciation but is competitive with most – and compared with other ways you might spend similar money, it remains a relatively sensible place to put private money.

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