Exterior Body Features
Wheels - Spare
Front windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay
Heated rear window
Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Electronic stability control (ESC) includes ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
Front assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
Wireless app connect for apple carPlay
Lane assist with warning text instrument cluster
Modified key software - reduce switch off time for key status change to Long no motion
Power assisted speed sensitive steering
'Lights On' Reminder warning buzzer
Car information display
Driver tips and journey analysis
Emergency call service
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Service interval indicator
Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
Piano black decorative inserts in dash, centre console and door panel
Battery regeneration during braking
Start/stop function with battery regeneration
DAB Digital radio
Diversity antenna for FM reception
Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
SD card slot
Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
Single CD player, glovebox mounted
SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
Storage compartment with longitudinal and height adjustable in armrest and two rear air vents
Title and cover art display
USB-C Interface and USB charging socket
Black grained lower door protectors
Black grained wheel arches
Black roof rails
Body colour door handles
Body colour sports bumpers with silver metallic underbody fascia
Body coloured bumpers and radiator grille with chrome trim and front fog lamps with chrome bezel
Chrome trim on upper and lower radiator grille
Exhaust tailpipes in black
External USB type C socket and charging sockets
Fully galvanised body
Trim strips on grille and vehicle side
Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function and daytime running lights
Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
High level 3rd brake light
LED headlamps with automatic range adjustment and unique signature LED separate daytime running lights
LED rear number plate lights
LED tail lamp rear comination lamps
Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter
12V socket in centre console storage area
4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
Black decorative trims
Black roof lining
Door and side trim panel
Drawer under drivers seat
Front centre armrest
Front cupholders x 2
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Load through provision with single cup holder when folded down
Luggage compartment cover, removable
Storage compartment in left and right luggage area
Storage compartment in rear doors
Storage compartments in driver and front passenger doors
Three spoke multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel and gearknob
Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination
Interior light in footwell
LED interior light with switch off delay/dimmer and 2 front/rear LED reading lights
Luggage compartment lighting
White ambient lighting
Black decal on C-pillar pack - T-Roc
3 rear three point seatbelts
Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
Drivers and front passengers airbags with passengers deactivation switch
Drivers seatbelt reminder
Front seat side impact airbags
Predictive pedestrian protection
Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Single tone horn
Three point height adjust front seatbelts + pretensioners
Tyre pressure loss indicator
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
Alarm with remote central locking and interior protection
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with SAFELOCK, radio remote control with 2 remote control folding keys
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
18" Arlo black diamond turned surface alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres and anti theft wheel bolts
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.
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.
The T-Roc gets the usual range of turbocharged Volkswagen Group engines. There are three TSI petrol engines, a 115PS 1.0-litre unit, a 150PS 1.5 and a 190PS 2.0-litre powerplant. And 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 and 4MOTION 4WD.
All-wheel drive isn't an especially popular customer option in this segment, but Volkswagen seems to think a lot of T-Toc customers will want it and has packaged up its 4MOTION system with plenty of extra features, primarily a driving profile selection system. 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). For models with front-wheel drive, the 'Driving Profile Selection' system can be specified as an option. 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, but despite that, luggage space is quite generous - measuring 445 litres when loaded up to the top of the second row seat backrests.
Inside, the cabin looks much the same as that of the Golf, though gives buyers greater 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
Prices start from around £19,000, with most models selling in the £22,000 to £25,000 bracket. It's possible to pay a lot more than that though. A top-spec 2.0 TSI 4MOTION variant or example, costs around £31,500. 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 around 55mpg on the combined cycle and 117g/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 around 50mpg and 120g/km. For the 2.0 TSI 4MOTION model, you're looking at around 40mpg and 155g/km. As for the TDI diesels, well if you opt for the base front-driven 1.6-litre variant, it should be possible to get well over 60mpg and under 115g/km of CO2 on a regular basis. Think in terms of a drop of around 10% in those figures if you go for the front-driven 2.0 TDI model - and a little more than that if you opt for a 2.0 TDI 4MOTION derivative.
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.
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's taken 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. Now at last, 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.