VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC HATCHBACK 1.5 TSI EVO R-Line 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2142 g/km

The T-Roc set a more fashionable trend for compact Volkswagen SUVs, representing the brand in the affordable style-conscious end of the fast-growing mid-sized crossover segment. Now it's been lightly updated with a sharper look inside and out. As before, 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 fashion-conscious T-Roc compact SUV looks a little more appealing in this updated form, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Ten Second Review

The T-Roc set a more fashionable trend for compact Volkswagen SUVs, representing the brand in the affordable style-conscious end of the fast-growing mid-sized crossover segment. Now it's been lightly updated with a sharper look inside and out. As before, 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

From launch in 2018, the T-Roc provided an entry point to Volkswagen's SUV range, but these days two models, the Taigo and the T-Cross, sit beneath it. So the T-Roc, which unlike those two Polo-based designs rides on the underpinnings of a larger Golf, needed a bit of a spruce-up to justify its continuing place in the range. Hence the mid-term facelift we examine here. With over a million sales on the board, it's supposed to appeal to customers who want something larger than a supermini-based crossover design, but don't want to stretch up to Volkswagen's mid-sized Tiguan SUV. People who want something trendier - which is why the T-Roc also comes in Cabriolet and hot hatch T-Roc R forms. There's lots of competition these days though, for this type of car. So this improved T-Roc will need to be good.

Driving Experience

There are no petrol engine changes as part of this update: surprisingly, Volkswagen isn't introducing its mild hybrid tech. So, as before, there are four TSI petrol engines, a 115PS 1.0-litre three cylinder unit, a 150PS four cylinder 1.5 and a 2.0-litre powerplant offered either with 190PS - or with as much as 300PS in the top T-Roc R. Diesel options have been updated: you can select between a couple of the brand's latest, now-cleaner 2.0-litre TDI diesels, these offering either 115PS or 150PS. You'll also get the option of DSG auto transmission on most models - which you have to have with the T-Roc R. Engaging drive dynamics won't be a priority for T-Roc customers, which is just as well given what's on offer here, but as usual with a Volkswagen, you get a very well judged standard of ride. All-wheel drive isn't an especially popular customer option in this segment, but Volkswagen offers it with the 2.0 TSI and 2.0 TDI 150PS models - that's another thing that's mandatory on the T-Roc R. 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 exterior styling tweaks made to this updated model are subtle. LED headlights and darkened rear tail lamps total the changes but you can add to them by paying extra for the brand's 'IQ LIGHT with LED matrix headlights' package. As before, there are three variants, the standard T-Roc hatch, the sporting T-Roc R and the T-Roc Cabriolet. In all cases, the fashionable looks stay much as before, a wide and long stance allied to a relatively low roofline, short overhangs and a steeply raked C-pillar. Inside, there's a smarter dash trimming panel. And a redesigned, more 'tablet'-like central infotainment screen, which can now be had in larger 9.2-inch form as well as the usual 8.0-inch size. All variants now get a digital instrument cluster too - optionally upgradeable to 10.25-inches in sizes in 'Digital Cockpit Pro' form. There's also a redesigned steering wheel and higher quality fabric door trim. As before, the two monitors combine to offer 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. There's reasonable room for a couple of adults in the back. And 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.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels in the mainstream range, 'Life', 'Style' and 'R-Line'. Pricing is much as before, which means that most mainstream T-Roc hatches will be sold in the £25,000-£30,000 bracket. You'll pay from just over £30,000 for the T-Roc Cabriolet - but closer to £35,000 for the kind of spec you'll probably want. There's a big price jump to the high performance T-Roc R hatch - think just over £40,000 for one of those. Key equipment features available as part of this model upgrade include the brand's 'IQ LIGHT with LED matrix headlights package. And Volkswagen's clever 'Travel Assist' system, which in concert with a new predictive ACC cruise control set-up can take care of a lot of the driving duties for you at highway speeds. It enables assisted steering, braking and acceleration at speeds of up to 130mph. By integrating the signals from the front camera, as well as GPS and map data, the system can incorporate local speed limit information, town boundary signs, junctions and roundabouts. For a bit more visual presence, you can now optionally specify an illuminating radiator grille strip and dynamic turn signal lighting. 'R-Line' models now get the super-supportive sports seats that were previously fitted only to the T-Roc R. There's also a range of fresh paint colours and some smarter 17 and 19-inch alloy wheel designs.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the T-Roc is extremely class-competitive in terms of WLTP running costs. The base 1.0-litre petrol model manages up to 47.1mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 136g/km of CO2. Upgrade yourself to the 1.5 TSI petrol engine which can shut down un-needed cylinders of the engine when not in use and the figures are 45.6mpg and 141g/km. As for the TDI diesels, well if you opt for the base front-driven 115PS variant, it should be possible to get 60.1mpg and 122g/km of CO2. For the 150PS 2.0 TDI variant, its 58.9mpg and 125g/km. All these are manual model figures. Obviously, the heavier T-Roc Cabriolet is slightly less economic with these engines. And the T-Roc R manages 33.2mpg and 194g/km. 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

Strip away the funky bodywork and the cabin personalisation and what you've got here is a slightly less efficient but slightly more expensive Golf. But then, you could say similar things of just about any other compact-to-mid-sized SUV contender in this growing segment. It's all about giving the market what it wants. And with the T-Roc, Volkswagen has done just that. Are there problems? Interior space perhaps. But then if you wanted that in a compact Volkswagen SUV, you'd probably stretch to a Tiguan. This facelifted T-Roc model improves the original car's issue that some of the cabin trimming felt a little down-market. Here, things are improved, though you might still want for more, given the pricing applied to plusher models, though there's enough technology provided to make this less noticeable. These top derivatives are quite expensive though, which brings into focus the fact that amongst rivals in this segment, there are plenty of slightly cheaper alternatives. Most of them though, lack this T-Roc's 'want one' factor.

  • Rain sensor
  • Heated rear window
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Front windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay
  • Power windows with comfort operation and circuit breaker

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) inc EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Front assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Hill start assist

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Online services
  • Bluetooth mobile phone interface
  • Wireless app connect

  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Modified key software - reduce switch off time for key status change to Long no motion
  • Park assist including front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane keeping system Lane Assist

  • Tailgate/trunk lid release from outside

  • 8" Digital cockpit basic display
  • Emergency call service
  • Driver tips and journey analysis
  • Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Service interval indicator

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Remote electrically foldable door mirrors, puddle lights and reverse activated passenger's door mirror
  • Exterior mirrors aspherical on driver side, convex on front passenger side

  • Piano black decorative inserts in dashboard and front door trim panels

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Start/stop function with battery regeneration

  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SD card slot
  • We Connect and We Connect Plus functionality

  • Rear side wing doors
  • Extended roof spoiler
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts, air vent surrounds and light switch surrounds
  • Rear exhaust tailpipe
  • External USB type C socket and charging sockets
  • R-Line design body coloured bumpers

  • LED rear combination lamps
  • LED tail lamp rear comination lamps
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • 3rd brake light

  • Air care climatronic air conditoning system with active combination filter and 2-zone temperature control

  • Door and side trim panel with leatherette insert
  • Leather gearshift handle
  • Front scuff plates with R logo
  • Load-through provision with cup holder when folded down ('Unsplit rear seat bench, split folding backrest, with centre armrest)
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Black roof lining
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Storage compartment in left and right luggage area
  • Storage compartments in driver and front passenger doors
  • 4 load lashing points in luggage compartment

  • Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front reading light

  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Drivers seatbelt reminder
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
  • Predictive pedestrian protection
  • Single tone horn
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • 3 point seatbelts in outer rear with ECE label

  • Single front passenger seat
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation

  • Remote central locking with SAFELOCK, radio remote control with 2 remote control folding keys
  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn, and towing protection

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Trims for alloy wheels

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 142
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.7
  • 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): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18600
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: R Line
  • Coin Description: TSI EVO
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.6
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

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

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

  • Length: 4236
  • Width: 1819
  • Wheelbase: 2590
  • Height: 1584

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 445
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1278
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1860
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 670
  • Max. Loading Weight: 582

  • Privacy glass for rear side windows and rear window: Included

  • Front disc brakes: Included

  • DCC including driver profile selection, eco function, disc brake in fronts, progressive steering, front and rear shock absorption: £1,035
  • Rear shock absorption chassis with increased ride height: Included

  • Wireless Smartphone charger: £350

  • Rear view camera: £265

  • Discover media nav incl stream and Internet - dynamic road sign display, multifunction front camera, OCU, head unit coding, without engine immobilizer: Included
  • Discover Pro Nav System - Digital Radio Reception, Dynamic road sign display, Multifunction front camera, Voice Activation: £2,905

  • Front and rear 6 speakers: Included
  • DAB Digital radio: Included
  • Beats audio system with 6 speakers, digital 8 channel amplifier, subwoofer, 300w total power output: £455

  • Tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof with rear panoramic sunroof: £1,115
  • Indium grey roof: £455
  • Black roof: £455
  • Special solid paint: £395
  • Solid paint: Included
  • White roof: £455
  • Metallic paint: £655
  • Black roof rails: £0
  • Pearlescent paint: £655
  • Body coloured exterior mirror housings and door handles: Included
  • Signature metallic paint: £800

  • IQ.Light LED Matrix headlamp, LED sep DRL, DCL, LED rear tail light, DTS, Adv DLA, Ambient light, illum front gril, Multifun front camera for DC: £1,600
  • LED plus headlights with with LED separate daytime running light, dynamic headlight range control, light mode for poor weather - rain, fog or snow: Included

  • Chrome plated decorative trims: Included
  • Leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inserts and R-Line logo: Included
  • Tool kit: Included
  • Artvelours cloth upholstery: Included
  • Heated leather wrapped multi function sports steering wheel with tiptronic: £170

  • Interior ambient lighting and surround lighting: Included

  • Easy open package with safelock - T-Roc: £1,195
  • Ergoactive seat/ ergo active pack - T-Roc: £655
  • Nappa leather package with winter pack - T-Roc: £2,800
  • Driver assistance pack - T-Roc: Included
  • Black design pack with 18" Arlo black alloy wheels - T-Roc R-Line: £635
  • Sport pack with sports suspension - T-Roc: Included
  • IQ.Drive pack incl semi-automated driving assistance travel assist - T-Roc DSG: £2,125
  • Sports Seats pack: £270
  • Winter pack - T-Roc: Included

  • Metallic - Pyrite Silver: £655
  • Metallic - Indium grey: £655
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £655

  • Pearl - Deep black: £655

  • Solid - Ascot grey: £0

  • Signature metallic - Kings red: £800
  • Special solid - Pure white: £395

  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment: Included
  • Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat: Included
  • Front comfort sports seats: Included
  • Non-folding front passenger seat backrest: Included

  • Keyless entry and start: £365
  • Alarm with interior protection: Included

  • Removable and lockable towbar: £700

  • Sports seats pack with Art velours microfleece cloth - Soul-Flint Grey/Titanium Black/Black/Titanium Black: £270
  • Ergoactive seat pack with Art velours microfleece cloth - Titanium Black - Anthracite/Titanium Black/Black/Titanium Black: £655
  • Art velours microfleece cloth - Soul-Flint Grey/Titanium Black/Black/Titanium Black: £0

  • Nappa leather package - Titanium Black/Titanium Black/Black/Titanium Black: £2,800

  • 17" Valencia alloy wheels with low rolling assistance and anti theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 18" Nevada black diamond turned alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £440
  • 19" Misano black diamond turned alloy wheels with low rolling resistance and anti theft wheel bolts: £930
  • 19" Misano black alloy wheels with low rolling resistance and anti theft wheel bolts: £930

  • 18" Space and weight saver spare wheel with tool kit: £95
  • Tyre mobility kit including compressor and sealing foam: 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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