VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 TDI Design 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2129 g/km

The T-Roc is one of Volkswagen's most important models for years, representing the brand in the affordable style-conscious end of the fast-growing mid-sized SUV segment. Almost everything you can't see on this car comes from a Golf hatch, which is no bad thing. As for the stuff you'll admire in the driveway, well it all looks satisfyingly fashionable.

ROC-STEADY?

Volkswagen's T-Roc fashion-conscious SUV takes the brand into almost uncharted stylised territory. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The T-Roc is one of Volkswagen's most important models for years, representing the brand in the affordable style-conscious end of the fast-growing mid-sized SUV segment. Almost everything you can't see on this car comes from a Golf hatch, which is no bad thing. As for the stuff you'll admire in the driveway, well it all looks satisfyingly fashionable.

Background

Volkswagen used to be properly represented in the mid-sized family SUV 'Qashqai-class' by its Tiguan model, but that crossover has been eased up-market in recent times, leaving a space into which the brand is slotting not one but two new SUVs. One is the Polo-based 'T-Cross' but here, our focus is the slightly larger Golf-based 'T-Roc'. It's the funkiest model of this kind we've yet seen from the Wolfsburg maker. It's there to take on not only the Qashqai but also a flood of other similarly sized and orientated SUV models that have hit the market in recent years, including the Vauxhall Grandland X and the Renault Kadjar, as well as in-house Volkswagen Group competitors like the SEAT Ateca and the Skoda Karoq. So this T-Roc will need to be good.

Driving Experience

The T-Roc gets the usual range of turbocharged Volkswagen Group engines. There are four TSI petrol engines, a 115PS 1.0-litre unit, a 150PS 1.5 and a 2.0-litre powerplant offered either with 190PS - or with as much as 300PS in the top T-Roc R. Or you can select between two TDI diesels, a 115PS 1.6 and a 150PS 2.0-litre. Providing you avoid the base 1.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel units, you'll also get the option of DSG auto transmission. All-wheel drive isn't an especially popular customer option in this segment, so Volkswagen only offers it with the minority-interest 2.0 TSI petrol version. The brand has packaged up its 4MOTION system with plenty of extra features, primarily a driving profile selection system (which you can also order on a 2WD variant). This set-up gives you a choice of two on-road profiles ('Street' and 'Snow'). There are a couple of off-road modes too: 'Offroad' (which automatically sets the car up for 'off piste' use) and 'Offroad Individual' (which allows you to set various parameters). Other extras you can add include 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping and 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control'.

Design and Build

The T-Roc's extrovert styling is certainly very different to that of Volkswagen's conservative Tiguan. It's smaller too, the compact 4,234mm length not only 252mm shorter than its SUV stablemate but also 21mm shorter than a Volkswagen Golf. The Wolfsburg brand's Head of Design, Klaus Bischoff, and his team have gone for a wide and long stance allied to a relatively low roofline and a steeply raked C-pillar. There are short overhangs too. There's also the option of a stylish Cabriolet body style. Luggage space in the fixed-top version is quite generous - measuring 445 litres when loaded up to the top of the second row seat backrests. Inside, the cabin gives buyers great scope for personalisation. Plusher models get the 'Active Info Display' 10.3-inch TFT instrument binnacle display now available on most larger Volkswagen models, which works in conjunction with an 8.0-inch centre-dash infotainment screen. These two monitors combine to create a digital and interactive cockpit with a wide range of online services and apps accessible via smartphone and the usual 'Volkswagen Car-Net' media connectivity system. As you'd expect, the 'MirrorLink'/'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring systems are available, as is a 'Security & Service' package which provides support in a wide variety of situations. Highlights include an Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Notification and Roadside Assistance.

Market and Model

There's a choice of five trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'Design', 'SEL', 'R-Line' and the top T-Roc R. Prices start from around £20,500, with most models selling in the £23,000 to £26,000 bracket. It's possible to pay a lot more than that though. A top-spec 2.0 TSI 4MOTION R-Line variant or example, costs around £35,000 and you'll pay around £38,500 for the flagship T-Roc R. Standard-fit items across the range include 2Zone electronic climate control, a 'Composition Media' infotainment system with an eight-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, DAB radio reception, USB connectivity and charging, alloy wheels of at least 16-inches in size and extensive passive and active safety equipment. Like most of its rivals in this segment, Volkswagen also offers buyers extensive opportunities for personalisation - things like a contrasting colour for the roof, the A-pillars and the door mirror housing colours and sport-styled bumpers with silver-metallic underbody protection. Inside, you'll be able to specify a choice of colours for the dashboard and the door panels. High end options include an electrically operated tailgate, an electrically operated panoramic sunroof, 'Vienna' leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging and a 400-watt six-speaker audio system by 'BeatsAudio'. As for safety, well there's Volkswagen's 'Front Assist' autonomous braking system, plus 'Blind Spot Monitoring, a 'Lane Assist' lane-keeping system and a 'Lane Change' set-up incorporating 'Rear Traffic Alert'.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the T-Roc is extremely class-competitive in terms of running costs. The base 1.0-litre petrol model manages up to 47.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 118g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. Upgrade yourself to the 1.5 TSI EVO petrol engine which can shut down un-needed cylinders of the engine when not in use and the figures are 45.6mpg (WLTP) and 119g/km (NEDC). For the 2.0 TSI 4MOTION 190PS model, you're looking at around 34.4mpg (WLTP) and 155g/km (NEDC). As for the TDI diesels, well if you opt for the base front-driven 1.6-litre variant, it should be possible to get 53.3mpg (WLTP) and 111g/km of CO2 (NEDC). Think in terms of a drop of around 10% in those figures if you go for the front-driven 2.0 TDI model. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your T-Roc will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles.

Summary

As Volkswagen well knows, this is the kind of car it needs to make to satisfy the current fickle, fashion-led SUV market. It's curious then, that it took the Wolfsburg maker so long to get around to bringing us such a model. For too long, the brand was represented in the Qashqai class only by the rather conservative and not especially affordable Tiguan. These days though, the company's dealers have something really credible to offer buyers who once would have been satisfied with an ordinary Golf or Focus-style family hatch but now want something similarly sized but a bit more interesting. Is that what this is? After all, if you strip away the funky bodywork and the cabin personalisation, what you've got here is a slightly less efficient but more expensive Golf. But then, you could say similar things of just about any other contender in this segment. It's all about giving the market what it wants. And with the T-Roc, Volkswagen has done just that.

  • Rain sensor
  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
  • Front windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay

  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) includes ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function

  • Wireless app connect for apple carPlay
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices

  • Driver alert system with audible and visual fatigue detection system
  • Lane assist with warning text instrument cluster
  • Modified key software - reduce switch off time for key status change to Long no motion
  • Adaptive cruise control with front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring, city emergency braking

  • Dusk sensor
  • Automatic start/stop system

  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Car information display
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
  • Emergency call service
  • Driver tips and journey analysis

  • Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • Limestone grey decorative inserts in dash and door panel

  • Misfuel prevention device for diesel engine
  • Battery regeneration during braking

  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
  • Single CD player, glovebox mounted
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • DAB Digital radio
  • SD card slot
  • Front USB type C Interface 2X and USB charging socket
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Centre arm rest including USB type C interface and USB charging socket
  • Storage compartment with longitudinal and height adjustable in armrest and two rear air vents

  • Volkswagen roundel
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome effect left and right trapezoid exhaust tailpipe fascia surround
  • Body colour sports bumpers with silver metallic underbody fascia
  • Black grained lower door protectors
  • Black grained wheel arches
  • Chrome trim on upper and lower radiator grille

  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Manual coming/automatic leaving home lighting function
  • High level 3rd brake light

  • Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter

  • Storage compartment in left and right luggage area
  • Storage compartments in driver and front passenger doors
  • 4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Load through provision with single cup holder when folded down
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment cover, removable

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Ambient lighting in front footwell and light strips below trim in front doors
  • 2 Front and rear reading lights incorporating LED technology
  • Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light delay

  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
  • Predictive pedestrian protection
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Three point height adjust front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Drivers seatbelt reminder
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Drivers and front passengers airbags with passengers deactivation switch

  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Isofix easy fit child seat preparation for 2 outer rear seats
  • Split folding rear seat backrests with centre armrest

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Alarm with remote central locking and interior protection

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 129
  • HC: N

  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 49.6

  • Coin Series: Design
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 130000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 60
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 71
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.8
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 251
  • Engine Torque - NM: 360
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 34.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: MAYFIELD

  • Width (including mirrors): 1992
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1575
  • Length: 4234
  • Width: 1819
  • Wheelbase: 2590

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1453
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1960
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 720
  • Max. Loading Weight: 507
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 445
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1290
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

  • Front + rear carpet mats: £85

  • Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal: £1,075
  • Lowered sport suspension with progressive steering: £405

  • Voice activation: £210

  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering: Included
  • Side assist plus with rear traffic alert: £350
  • Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors: Included
  • Rear view camera: £190
  • Driving profile selection - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes with Individual mode allows for steering, drive and air conditioning settings: £170
  • Park assist sensor controlled steering aid to assist parallel or bay parking features optical parking display via vehicle's infotainment system: £165

  • Electric operated opening and closing tailgate: £340

  • Ready 2 Discover system with 8" display including streaming and internet: Included
  • Digital Cockpit Pro: £435
  • Discover navigation including 8" touch screen display, streaming and internet: £920

  • Front and rear 6 speakers: Included
  • 4 X 20 watt output: Included

  • Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with panoramic rear panel: £1,165
  • Contrasting colour roof, A pillar and door mirror housing: Included
  • Silver anodised roof rails: £150
  • Removal of roof rails: £0
  • Two tone - Pure white roof, A pillar and mirror housing when bought with Ravenna blue paint: £0
  • Two tone - Pure white roof, A pillar and mirror housing when bought with Turmeric yellow paint: £0
  • Special solid paint: £375
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Black roof rails: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £625
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two tone - Flash red roof, A pillar and mirror housing: £0
  • Two tone - Pure white roof, A pillar and mirror housing: £0
  • Two tone - Black roof, A pillar and mirror housing: £0

  • Front fog lights with static cornering function: £270
  • Light assist - High beam assist ( Automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam: £155
  • Halogen headlights, range adjustable via infotainment system with automatic headlight activation and separate LED daytime running lights: Included
  • LED dipped and main beam headlights with automatic range adjustment including signature LED daytime running lights: £920

  • Three spoke heated multi function leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob including paddle shift: £325
  • Three spoke multi function leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob including paddle shift: £200
  • Three spoke multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel and gearknob: Included
  • Tracks 4 cloth upholstery: Included
  • Vienna leather upholstery + heated front sports seats with manually adjustable lumbar support: £2,295

  • Beats sound pack - T-Roc: £430
  • Smoking pack - T-Roc: £25
  • Winter pack - T-Roc: £305
  • Winter pack in conjunction with leather upholstery - T-Roc: £50
  • Dashpad pack in Ravenna blue when bought with cloth upholstery: £0
  • Dashpad pack in Ravenna blue when bought with leather upholstery: £0

  • Metallic - Ravenna blue: £625
  • Metallic - Turmeric Yellow: £625
  • Metallic - Indium grey: £625
  • Metallic - White silver: £625

  • Pearl - Deep black: £625

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £375
  • Special solid - Flash red: £375

  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection: £155

  • Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat: £70
  • Front comfort seats with manual height adjustment: Included

  • Remote keyless entry using key fob including Start/Stop button on centre console: £400
  • Remote tailgate unlocking using key fob: Included

  • Removable towbar: £755

  • Tracks 4 cloth - Dark Oak brown/Ceramique: £0
  • Tracks 4 cloth - Black/Ravenna blue: £0

  • Vienna leather - Quartz/Ceramique including heated front sports seats and manually adjustable lumbar support: £2,295

  • 17" Mayfield alloy wheels with super low rolling resistance and anti theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 17" Mayfield gloss black diamond turned alloy wheels with super low rolling resistance and anti theft wheel bolts: £45
  • 18" Arlo sterling silver alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres and anti wheel bolts: £405
  • 18" Montego bay diamond turned alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres and anti wheel bolts: £415

  • Steel space saver spare wheel including tool kit and jack: £140
  • Tyre mobility set: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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