New Volkswagen T-Roc

Challenge the status quo with the new VW T-Roc

Volkswagen have swaggered onto the compact SUV market a little late to the game, but with as much impact as any other brand with the new Volkswagen T-Roc. Aiming to lead the market with a new vehicle, Volkswagen have brought in a car that offers confidence, challenge and power on the road. The bold, striking design of this SUV is evident in every single line and corner, and all the features are there to make you feel like royalty on the road. 

The T-Roc is more than just another car on the road. With a personality that really packs a punch, you’ll enjoy the confident, strong appearance of the vehicle on the road while the sporty coupe silhouette makes the vehicle look longer and sportier. This is a dynamic, fun option and the large front air vent and powerful diffuser at the rear show that entirely. One of the best things about the new VW T-Roc is that you can make it look as unique as you like. There are customisable colour options which allow you to really personalise this car and make it your very own drive.



New VW T-Roc Performance

The new VW T-Roc is expected to be popular, as is the 113bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre (TSI 115). The turbocharger makes it punchy and it can more than hold its own. For something with a little more oomph, it’s worth checking out the 148bhp, 1.5L engine (TSI 150) as it’s faster than the 1L and proves more useful with less stress on overtaking. The 1L comes with six-speed manual only, and if you choose the 1.5 you get to have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox!

The flagship vehicle is 187bhp, 2.0L petrol and comes with the four wheel drive and automatic gearbox a standard. Gears shift quickly and you get added traction in bad conditions, which is what makes it such a strong performer. When it comes to fuel economy, the VW T-Roc claims 52.3mpg on a combined cycle, and the CO2 emissions land at 121g/km! The engine itself has no issues at low speeds, and there is ample mid-range torque which allows town driving to happen quickly. 

Exterior Design

There is one thing that Volkswagen do very well with their new cars, and that’s design them to be mature, sleek and chic all in one go. It’s one of the most well-proportioned vehicles on the market in the compact SUV category and yet it’s not flashy to the point of being vulgar. Of course, you want something to separate you from the crowd, and you can have that in the many different colour options. Eleven, to be precise! The bare bones of the vehicle may be understated, but you get to choose from eye-catching options like:

  • Flash Red
  • Turmeric Yellow
  • Energetic Orange

And if you want to be different, spec your roof to be another colour, such as white, brown, red or black. When it comes to the exterior, you’re going to be impressed - even if understated isn’t usually your thing.

Interior Design

You cannot miss the fact that this is a Volkswagen vehicle with the new VW T-Roc. Everything from the switches and buttons and even the steering wheel is what you’d expect, but the interior cabin finish is high quality, with the new Design trim making it stand out from most other cars in the range. You can choose four dashboard colours and you won’t find this on other models. Some of the interior tech you’ll find includes:

  • Active Info Display
  • Dual-Zone climate control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Parking Sensors
  • 8” Infotainment Display
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple Carplay
  • Android Auto

You sit in a loftier position in the Volkswagen T-Roc, giving you a good view of the road as well as better comfort on the inside.

Experience a thrilling drive.


Live life in the spotlight

By day or night, the T-Roc’s lighting concept shines bright with its striking daytime running lights built into the bumpers. Because the indicators are built into the daytime driving lights, they really catch the eye when it is time to turn off or change lane.


The power to perform

The TSI petrol engines for the new T-Roc pack a punch, refusing to compromise between power and efficiency. You benefit from maximum torque even at low engine speeds. Or choose the economical TDI diesel engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection - their high torque means sporty performance is guaranteed.


​Harness the T-Roc’s performance.


Exhilarating handling

You demand high-performance. The T-Roc delivers it. To make sure you experience the thrill you’ve come to expect, the T-Roc comes with optional 4MOTION for ideal traction that lets you tackle almost any terrain, optional sports suspension for firm, responsive handling and optional DCC adaptive chassis control that lets you change the characteristics of the power steering.


Tuned to perfection

The optional Sport pack, featuring sport suspension, offers added driving pleasure with outstanding handling. That’s because it provides you with a finely tuned suspension, dampers and stabilizers. As a result, you can harness the T-Roc's full performance, while still keeping control. The progressive steering in the Sport pack gives you better control when driving dynamically and means that day-to-day driving becomes a pleasure.

Trim levels for the T-Roc:

S - Features include:​

  • Alloy Wheels 16" Chester
  • Composition media system
  • Halogen clear headlights, range adjustable via infotainment system
  • Climate control
  • Front assist and city emergency braking
  • Lane assist
  • Upholstery 'Mercutio' cloth
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator

SE - Features include:​

  • 17" 'Kulmbach' Sterling silver alloy wheels
  • Composition media infotainment system
  • Car-Net App-Connect
  • Standard bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Parking sensors, front and rear
  • Front comfort seats with manual height adjustment

Design - Features include:​

  • 17" 'Mayfield' alloy wheels
  • Composition media infotainment system
  • Car-Net App-Connect
  • Interior ambient lighting and surround lighting
  • Driver Alert system, fatigue detection

SEL - Features include:​

  • 18" 'Arlo' Sterling Silver alloy wheels
  • Discover Navigation System in addition to Composition Media system
  • LED headlamps
  • Active Info Display
  • Driver Alert system, fatigue detection
  • Sports comfort seats in front

R-Line - Features include:

  • Alloy wheels 8J X 19 'Suzuka'
  • Discover Navigation System in addition to Composition Media system
  • LED headlights
  • Active Info Display
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver Alert system, fatigue detection

R - Features include:

  • Discover Navigation System in addition to Composition Media system
  • Active Info Display
  • Unique `R` Styling
  • Alloy wheels 19" 'Pretoria'
  • R Specific Sports Suspension


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First drive: Volkswagen's T-Roc has all the ingredients to be class-leading

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What is it?

Despite the recent explosion in popularity of the compact SUV market, Volkswagen has been noticeably absent from the game. Well, that’s changed — introducing the T-Roc (Yes, it’s a car, not Yorkshire’s Dwayne Johnson).

This is the German manufacturer’s attempt to get in on the compact craze, and despite having to play catch-up on its rivals, its aiming to lead the market.

With competitors such as the value-packed Renault Captur and the popular Mini Countryman though, there’s something of a mountain to climb.

Full view of a white Volkswagen T-roc

What’s new?

As well as establishing a new model for Volkswagen, the T-Roc brings a new naming convention that will extend to the smaller T-Cross SUV coming later down the line.

Powertrain options have largely been plucked from other vehicles in the VW Group range, as have the S, SE and SEL trims, but new to the brand is the Design trim — which brings new customisation options to the table for customers.

What’s under the bonnet?

Our test car was fitted with the 1.5-litre petrol ‘EVO’ engine, which has seen something of a mass rollout across the VW Group’s models as of late, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The unit develops 148bhp and 250Nm of torque, capable of taking it from 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 127mph. As for economy, Volkswagen claims 52.3mpg on a combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 121g/km.

At lower speeds, the ‘EVO’ engine has no problems, with ample mid-range torque allowing town driving to be done briskly and without argument. Take it on the motorways or uphill, however, and the gearbox needs to be worked hard to get the maximum from the engine.

underneath the bonnet of a Volkswagen T-roc

What’s it like to drive?

The chassis of the T-Roc was developed by Karsten Schebsdat, who previously developed the Golf GTI Clubsport S and formerly of Porsche, and it shows.

You’re not looking at something that will seriously compete around a track with some offerings on Schebsdat’s CV, but for a compact SUV, it’s surprisingly engaging and fun to drive thanks to well-weighted steering and supple suspension.

This doesn’t compromise the T-Roc’s town driving ability either, thanks to a small turning radius and good front visibility. On the downside, large C pillars and a raked rear window result in a poor rear view, not aided by narrow wing mirrors.

front view of a white VW T-Roc

How does it look?

Much like the rest of the Volkswagen range, the T-Roc has a mature and sleek design. In the flesh, it’s well-proportioned and is certainly one of the more attractive offerings in the compact SUV sector, but it’s not a stand-out look — which, depending on your tastes, might be a positive.

Should you want something to separate you from the crowd, the T-Roc does have a wide range of customisation options to counter the otherwise understated styling. A choice of 11 base colours are available, with flash red, turmeric yellow and energetic orange the most eye catching, while the roof can be specified in white, black, red or brown.

Rear view of a white VW T-Roc facing the sunset

What’s it like inside?

The interior of the T-Roc is unmistakably Volkswagen. If you’ve sat inside any of their recent vehicles, the switches, buttons and steering wheel will be instantly recognisable.

This also means the cabin’s fit and finish is of a very high quality, although some hard plastics are present on the dashboard. The cloth seats also feel a little cheap and not particularly comfortable on longer journeys.

What differs the compact SUV from the rest of the range is the new Design trim, allowing customers to choose from four dashboard trim colours — otherwise not an option on any other model.

interior of Volkswagen T-Roc

What’s the spec like?

Our test T-Roc was an SEL trim model, meaning standard equipment includes Volkswagen’s Active Info Display technology, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, an eight-inch infotainment display with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 18-inch alloy wheels — with a base price of £24,520 for the trim.

Extras on our test car included the £280 sport pack, which added front sports seats, steel pedals, red brake calipers and black roof lining, as well as ‘PreCrash preventive occupant protection’, which closes windows, tenses front seat belts and prepares brake systems if a dangerous situation is detected.

SatNav on the Volkswagen T-Roc

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Model: Volkswagen T-Roc SEL 1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS

Engine: 1.5-litre petrol

Power (bhp): 148

Torque (Nm): 250

Max speed (mph): 127

0-60mph: 8.1 seconds

MPG (combined): 52.3

Emissions (g/km): 121



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