VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC CABRIOLET 1.5 TSI Design 2dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2153 g/km

The T-Roc Cabriolet is that rarest of things - an open-topped SUV. A few compromises were necessary to create this design, but they're not things that many potential buyers of this model will be too bothered about. At heart, it's still a T-ROC. And this car still has all the quality, style and character of a memorable open-topped Volkswagen. Which makes it, in its own individual way, very desirable indeed.

THE CALL FOR A CAB

Volkswagen's T-Roc Cabriolet offers the fashionistas a welcome extra option. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The T-Roc Cabriolet is that rarest of things - an open-topped SUV. A few compromises were necessary to create this design, but they're not things that many potential buyers of this model will be too bothered about. At heart, it's still a T-ROC. And this car still has all the quality, style and character of a memorable open-topped Volkswagen. Which makes it, in its own individual way, very desirable indeed.

Background

Given the fashionable demographic of SUVs and Crossovers, it's surprising that we haven't seen more convertible ones. Before the introduction of the open-topped model we look at here, the Volkswagen T-ROC Cabriolet, the only one we'd previously seen was the short-lived range Rover Evoque Convertible. Undaunted, Volkswagen was determined to bring T-TOC buyers this wind-in-the-hair variant, perhaps because all the brand's other cabrios of recent years (the EOS and open-topped versions of the Golf and the Beetle) are all long gone. It doesn't seem right that the VW brand should be without a convertible. And now that it isn't, what do we think of this one?

Driving Experience

This is very much a boulevardier cabriolet for fashionistas - who'll want to know about the hood. It's a multi-layered fabric affair that lowers at the press of a button in under 12 seconds and stores itself neatly above the luggage compartment behind the rear seats. It certainly doesn't feel particularly sporty, first because you sit at SUV height. And second because the extra 194kgs of weight that this Cabrio variant has to carry around will become quite evident in the unlikely event that you're minded to try and start chucking the thing about. This Cabriolet borrows two petrol engines from the ordinary model: a 115PS 1.0-litre TSI offered only with 6-speed manual transmission. And a 150PS 1.5 TSI EVO unit offered with either that manual 'box or a 7-speed DSG auto. Even that 1.5-litre version isn't exactly a ball of fire, making 62mph from rest in 9.6s en route to 127mph. We'd be tempted to stick to the smaller unit. There's the option of plusher 'R-Line' trim with lowered suspension and larger 19-inch wheels which together will give a noticeably firmer ride. Try before you buy. All versions of this car get a standard 'Drive Profile Selection' driving modes system that allows you to tweak throttle response, steering feel and, on DSG variant, gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive.

Design and Build

Volkswagen turned to specialists Karmann to design this car, who in turn quickly realised that quite a few fundamental changes to the T-ROC chassis would be needed if the top was going to be chopped off this model. 37mm has been added to the T-ROC wheelbase, which has in turn added 34mm to this car's overall length. Plus a range of strengthening measures have been introduced for the floorplan, the doors, the sills and the windscreen surround. It doesn't stop there either. The four framed doors you get in a hard-top T-ROC here make way for a pair of longer frameless ones - and the usual B-pillars have been dispensed with too. At the wheel, the added rake of the windscreen and the closer proximity of its header rail (which is positioned rather close to the extent of your peripheral vision) gives a more enclosed, intimate feel than you get in a conventional T-ROC. You might quite like that. Less welcome is the fact that this cabrio design has a relatively high shoulder line, a shallower glass house and quite a high rear end, all these things contributing to more restricted over-the-shoulder vision. The boot capacity is predictably much reduced too -down to just 284-litres (it's 445-litres in an ordinary T-ROC). You can still get a couple of adults in the back for shorter trips though.

Market and Model

Prices start from around £26,500 - that's getting on for nearly £4,000 more than an equivalently-specified version of the fixed-top model, so you've really got to want the open-topped vibe here. You have to have entry-level 'Design'-spec if you're to have the base 1.0-litre TSI 115PS petrol engine. Otherwise, it's the 1.5 TSI EVO 150PS petrol powerplant, available in either 'Design' or plusher 'R-Line' levels of trim. With this larger engine, there's the option of a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox for an extra £1,600. Go for that with 'R-Line' trim and you'll need well over £33,000. Still, there's plenty of kit fitted across the range - in addition of course to the fully powered fabric hood. Even 'Design'-spec gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, Adaptive Cruise Control, ambient lighting, a Driver Profile Selection driving modes system and a Discover Navigation infotainment system with an 8-inch centre-dash screen. The 'R-Line'-spec version adds larger 19-inch wheels, lowered sports suspension, an R-Line styling body kit, LED headlamps, front fog lamps, more responsive 'Progressive steering' and a 10.25-inch 'Active Info Display' digital instrument cluster screen. Safety kit across the range includes autonomous brake ('Front Assist' and 'City Emergency Braking System'), plus lane Assist and a Driver Alert system.

Cost of Ownership

The base 1.0-litre petrol model manages a minimum of 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and an emissions high of up to 121g/km of 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 up 49.6mpg and up 130g/km for the manual. Or up to 47.9mpg and 134g/km for the DSG auto. Those figures are for based 'Design'-spec; they fall a little further with the 19-inch wheels of 'R-Line' trim. 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

Can this car provide everything? The desirability of a cabrio, the promise of sporty motoring and the practicality of an SUV? Of course it can't. But the target market probably won't care. The T-ROC Cabriolet looks great, it makes a great streetside statement and it won't require a lottery win to buy. Potential buyers will be sold already, whatever we happen to say here about stodgy handling, limited interior boot space, higher pricing and slightly compromised efficiency. So we won't bother to carp about any of that. This is, after all, a pleasure purchase that should be unconstrained by thoughts of sensibility. Yet you could own and run it (ideally as a second car) with very few practical compromises. And when the sun comes out, you'll be in your element.

  • Rain sensor
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe light

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

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Online services
  • Mobile phone interface
  • Wired and wireless app connect
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices

  • Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking + predictive pedestrian protection
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane assist with warning text instrument cluster
  • Modified key software - reduce switch off time for key status change to Long no motion

  • Dusk sensor
  • Start/stop system with brake energy recovery

  • Emergency call service
  • Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Service interval indicator
  • 8" colour touch screen
  • Car information display
  • Driver tips and journey analysis
  • Navigation system discover media including streaming and internet

  • Electrically power adjustable, heated, folding, auto dimming, front passenger exterior door mirror lowering function
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • Dashboard unicolour out of hard material including decorative insert 1st line different colours chooseable

  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Front USB type C Interface 2X and USB charging socket
  • WeConnect plus
  • Title and cover art display
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • Bluetooth - Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display

  • Chrome trim on upper and lower radiator grille
  • Chrome effect left and right trapezoid exhaust tailpipe fascia surround
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Black door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Power operated canvas convertible top
  • Volkswagen roundel

  • Rear fog lamp
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Automatic headlamp activation with manual coming home and automatic leaving function
  • LED tail lamp rear comination lamps

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

  • Storage compartments in driver and front passenger doors
  • 12V socket in centre console storage area
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts, air vent surrounds and light switch surrounds in interior
  • Standard pedal cluster
  • Glove Compartment with light
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Entry aid easy entry (Front folding seats)
  • Leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shift

  • Interior light in footwell
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Interior white ambient lighting and surround lighting
  • Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light delay
  • 2 front reading lights

  • Three point height adjust front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
  • Front side airbags
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Drivers seatbelt reminder
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Single tone horn
  • Pedestrian monitoring

  • Isofix easy fit child seat preparation for 2 outer rear seats
  • Front comfort seats with manual height adjustment
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Rear head restraints
  • 50/50 rear seat bench split folding rear seat backrests

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors in sun visors with air bag label on sun visor and b-pillar

  • CO2 (g/km): 127
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 153
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • CC: 1498
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 40.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 56.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.1

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Design
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 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): 9.6
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

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

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

  • Width (including mirrors): 1998
  • Height: 1522
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4268
  • Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 2630

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1449
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1880
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 431
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 280
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 284
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.02

  • Standard suspension: Included
  • Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal: £1,130

  • Voice activation: £210

  • Park assist - Parallel parking assistant with front/rear parking sensors and rear view camera: £355
  • Driver profile selection including ECO function: Included
  • Multifunction camera: Included
  • Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system: Included

  • Active Info display 10.25" high resolution TFT dash display with customisable menu and information: £435

  • Body colour exterior mirror housings: Included

  • Shadow steel matt decorative inserts in dash and door panel: £0
  • Silver silk decorative inserts in dash and door panel: Included
  • Tracks 4 cloth - silver silk decorative inserts in dash and door panel: £0
  • Tracks 4 cloth - ravenna blue dashboard pads: £0
  • Tracks 4 cloth - turmeric yellow dashboard pads: £0

  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £375
  • Wind deflector: £330
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Pearlescent paint: £625
  • Black fabric roof: £0
  • Signature metallic paint: £755

  • Front fog lights with static cornering function: £270
  • Halogen headlights, range adjustable and separate LED daytime running lights: Included
  • LED dipped and main beam headlights with automatic range adjustment including signature LED daytime running lights: £920

  • Vienna leather upholstery with lumbar support for drivers and front passenger seat: £2,295
  • Tracks 4 cloth upholstery: Included

  • Smoking pack - T-Roc: £25
  • Winter pack - T-Roc: £305
  • Beats sound pack - T-Roc cabriolet: £430
  • 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
  • Dashpad pack in Turmeric yellow when bought with leather upholstery: £0
  • Dashpad pack in Turmeric yellow when bought with cloth upholstery: £0
  • Black styling pack with 18" grange hill in black alloy wheel - T-Roc cabriolet: £505

  • Metallic - Smokey grey: £625
  • Metallic - Ivory silver: £625

  • Pearl - Deep black: £625

  • Special solid - Pure white: £375

  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection: £150

  • Remote keyless entry using key fob including Start/Stop button on centre console: £400
  • Remote central locking with SAFELOCK, radio remote control with 2 remote control folding keys: Included

  • Towbar - Removable and lockable with trailer hitch: £755

  • Tracks 4 cloth - Titan black/Silver: £0

  • Vienna leather - Vienna Platinum Grey/ Ceramique and lumbar support: £2,295
  • Vienna leather - Vienna Marrakesch/Anthrazit and lumbar support: £2,295

  • 18" Sebring alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres and anti wheel bolts: £555
  • 18" Montego bay alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres and anti wheel bolts: £450
  • 17" Mayfield alloy wheels with super low rolling resistance and anti theft wheel bolts: Included

  • 18" 5 hole reserve with temporary space saving spare wheel + Tool kit and jack: £70
  • 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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