Volkswagen T-Roc review

Find out more about the Volkswagen T-Roc in the latest Motors.co.uk Review

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Out of 5

Pros

  • — Offers fun driving experience
  • — Looks stylish
  • — Stands out in crowded segment

Cons

  • — Can get pricey
  • — Practicality reduced by all-wheel-drive system
  • — Depreciation not yet clear
  • MPG

    41 - 64

  • CO2

    115 - 155 g/km

Model Review

 

In recent years, the market for compact SUVs has exploded — with just about every manufacturer and their dogs producing one.

That said, it took one of the biggest out there a while to jump on the hype but finally, at the end of 2017, Volkswagen introduced its take on the ever-popular formula — the T-Roc.

Although late to the game, it’s not one to be lagging behind rivals. The T-Roc boasts a strong engine-line up, bags of equipment and a dynamic drive.

Latest model

 

First introduced in late 2017, the Volkswagen T-Roc has gone on to become a strong player in the Volkswagen line-up.

With the compact SUV market gaining more traction with each passing month, expect to see it become a common sight on UK roads. Currently, buyers get the option of five trims — S, SE, Design, SEL and R-Line.

There’s also a strong choice of powertrains, ranging from the small-capacity 1.0-litre petrol engines to larger 2.0-litre diesels, with automatic and manual gearboxes available.

2019 could bring new options as a T-Roc R has been long-rumoured, while the potential for an all-electric variant ever-remains with the firm opting for a big push on its I.D. range — the first of which is due to arrive late next year.

 

Value for money

The Volkswagen T-Roc range begins at £18,995. That’s quite pricey when rivals are considered, but with that comes high quality and a perceived premium image that Volkswagen holds among UK buyers.

Things can get pricey as the range moves up, though. SE begins at £20,620, Design at £21,320, SEL from £24,595 and R-Line from £26,440 with the absolute top-spec R-Line 2.0-litre TSI 4Motion available from £33,850.

There’s plenty of kit as standard to ease that blow too with no-cost items including alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth support. There’s also bags of safety kit such as Front Assist and Lane Assist.

Looks and image

 

Volkswagen has a long-held perception of premium quality in the UK — despite playing a lesser role in the VW Group setup than Audi. As a result, onlookers are going to be impressed with the T-Roc if that’s what you’re after. It helps it’s a seriously good looking car too with sharp styling and an impressive level of customisation options.

Build quality is up there with the best of them and though reliability concerns may have plagued older VW models, the newness of the T-Roc means that shouldn’t yet be an issue, although it’s always worth keeping an eye out for potential issues.

Inside the car, that stylish theme continues. Everything looks incredibly modern, and those looking for a little more customisation can opt for the Design trim which brings coloured panels onto the dash itself.

As for the driving experience — that’s also mightily impressive. VW has enlisted the help of the team behind the Volkswagen Golf Clubsport S to fine-tune the chassis of the T-Roc, and the results show. Despite being a small SUV, it feels incredibly dynamic and genuinely fun to drive. We can’t help but feel a T-Roc R would set order books alight.

Space and practicality

 

With seating for five, the Volkswagen T-Roc also offers 445 litres of storage on two-wheel-drive models, although opting for an all-wheel-drive 4Motion variant cuts that down to 392 litres as a result of the extra gear required to drive the rear wheels.

When Euro NCAP tested the Volkswagen T-Roc at the end of 2017, it achieved an impressive five-star rating scoring 96 per cent in adult occupant safety, 87 per cent for child occupants, 79 per cent in pedestrian protection and 71 per cent for its safety technology.

Engines

 

There’s a wide variety of engines available for the Volkswagen — three petrol and two diesels.

Starting off the range of the former is a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre unit, paired up to a six-speed manual gearbox sending power to the front wheels. It develops 113bhp and 200Nm of torque, allowing the T-Roc to cover 0-60mph in 9.9 seconds before hitting a 116mph top speed.

Following that is a 1.5-litre engine developing 148bhp and 250Nm of torque, which can be optioned with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG automatic. In the latter configuration, 0-60mph comes in 8.2 seconds with a 127mph top speed possible.

Topping the petrol range is a 2.0-litre unit, producing 178bhp and 320Nm of torque. It’s available exclusively with the seven-speed DSG gearbox. As a result, 0-60mph is sorted in seven seconds flat while 134mph can be achieved.

Kicking off the diesel options is a 1.6-litre engine, available only with the six-speed manual. It develops 113bhp and 250Nm of torque, sending the car from 0-60mph in 10.7 seconds before hitting a 116mph top speed.

Finally, there’s a 2.0-litre motor with the choice of manual or auto, creating 148bhp and 340Nm. 0-60mph is sorted within 8.5 seconds, while a top speed of 124mph is on the cards.

Running costs

 

With claimed combined fuel economy ranging from 53.3 to 64.2mpg, any engine choice in the T-Roc is going to prove an efficient choice, therefore make it pretty cheap to run too.

With even its highest emissions output at 124g/km, the highest amount of first-year VED you can expect to pay on a Volkswagen T-Roc will be a reasonable £165, with a fixed annual rate of £140 from there in.

Servicing can be handled by any Volkswagen dealer across the country, with intervals of 10,000 miles/12 months for most models. If you opt for a new car, servicing plans are available to cover the costs of these.

Things to look for

 

As the Volkswagen T-Roc is a very new car, there’s very little to report on the reliability front — and every example registered so far will still likely be covered under the car’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty.

Volkswagen as a brand has a good reputation for reliability in recent years, even if some of its offerings at the turn of the millennium didn’t hold up to this.

A recall notice was issued by the DVSA for the T-Roc in March, with some examples missing information about passenger protection systems. To remedy this, Volkswagen was ordered to inform owners of the issue and provide a supplement for the owner’s manual. 2926 examples were affected, so it’s worth checking any documentation when viewing a car — although this is far from a major issue.

Rivals

 

With the compact SUV sector being one of, if not the, most popular segments in the modern car market, there’s a ton of competition for the Volkswagen T-Roc.

Looking within the VW Group itself, there’s already the Audi Q2 and Seat Arona to contend with. Going outside of that circle brings in the Mini Countryman, BMW X2, Volvo XC40, Mercedes GLC and Jaguar E-Pace to name a few.

There’s a lot to help the T-Roc stand out, though — namely its sharp looks, great driving dynamics, efficient engine range and strong quality.

Depreciation

 

The Volkswagen T-Roc is still a new model to the firm’s range, so it’s hard to judge how depreciation will be yet, although considering the market is overcrowded and Volkswagen models don’t often retain value well, it’s very possible the T-Roc could see a drop in worth in the years to come.

That said, the cheapest available second-hand models are still very close to as-new value — with the cheapest examples in our classifieds hovering around the £18k mark.

Which T-Roc to Pick

Cheapest to Buy When New

1.0 TSI S 5dr

Most MPG

1.6 TDI S 5dr

Fastest Model (0-60)

2.0 TDI SEL 5dr

Summary

  1. What to look for
  2. Volkswagen’s first entry into the compact SUV segment
  3. Good amount of kit available
  4. Stylish looks
  5. Great to drive
  6. A range of efficient engines
  7. Can get pricey
  8. Low-running costs
  9. Lots of competition — but has credentials to stand out
  10. Great build quality
  11. Practicality lowered if all-wheel-drive variant selected

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