2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet revealed: price, specs and release date
The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is the cheapest convertible SUV you can buy, and we've got everything you need to know...
On sale Spring 2020 | Price from £28,000 (est)
Growing up demands that you make changes. The soda stream gives way to a coffee maker, the piggybank to a credit card, and the low-slung convertible you picked up one youthful summer must eventually be swapped for something more practical. And for most buyers, that something is an SUV. But what if you still want to feel the wind in your hair? If that’s the case, this new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet could be just the ticket.
The T-Roc Cabriolet’s soft-top roof can be raised or lowered in nine seconds and at speeds of up to 19mph by pressing a button on the centre console, and when not in use it’s stored inside the boot – although that eats up space. While the regular T-Roc has a decent boot by the standards of the small SUV class, the Cabriolet has less space for luggage than a Ford Fiesta. And unlike the regular T-Roc, the Cabriolet has just two doors, meaning you’ll have to fold the front seats forwards in order to clamber into the rear.
In the event of an accident, rollover protection hoops spring upwards from behind the rear seats in a fraction of a second, while the entire car’s structure has been strengthened to cope with the demands of its dramatic haircut.
2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet interior
While the T-Roc Cabriolet looks identical to its hard-topped sibling inside, it features (optionally) a next-generation infotainment system that has a permanent internet connection, meaning it can show you the latest fuel prices, for example. The infotainment screen measures up to 8.0in, depending on specification. Also on the options list is Volkswagen’s 11.7in digital instrument cluster, which can put the sat-nav map and other information directly in front of you.
2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet engines
Buyers can choose from either 113bhp 1.0-litre or 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engines, and based on our preference in the regular T-Roc, the former is likely to be our pick. A six-speed manual gearbox comes with the smaller petrol engine, with a seven-speed automatic reserved for the 1.5. Style and R-Line trim levels are on offer, with alloy wheels of up to 19in available.
2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet price
Prices for the T-Roc Cabriolet are expected to start at around £28,000, making it only slightly more expensive than the existing R-Line T-Roc, but also vastly cheaper than the Jeep Wrangler, which is currently the only other convertible SUV you can buy now that Land Rover has dropped the Evoque Convertible.
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The best (and worst) small SUVs 2019
If you like the look of the new T-Roc Cabriolet, but also fancy a proper roof, then you'll be wanting to know which are the best small SUVs currently on sale. Below and over the next few pages we'll reveal our top picks in this competitive class, and tell you which models to avoid too.
10. Renault Captur
The Captur may look like a chunky SUV that shrunk in the wash, but it’s actually a cunningly disguised Clio on stilts. Like the Clio, a range of economical petrol and diesel engines are available and only the front wheels are driven.
The Captur is good value, undercutting most of its rivals on purchase price and offering some of the lowest CO2 emissions in its class. It's not as swift or agile as the competition, though, and its interior quality is underwhelming compared with the best in class.
The Countryman has a well-appointed, plush-looking interior and a decently sized boot. It handles well, but the ride can be unsettled and it has more road and wind noise than in some rivals.
The Countryman is large by small SUV standards and makes decent use of what space there is. A high roof and low seating position mean even the tallest of drivers will be able to get comfortable, while a wide body means you shouldn’t be rubbing elbows with your passenger.
8. Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki has taken the 'small' part of the small SUV to the extreme – the Ignis is just 3.7 metres long and 1.7 metres wide. That makes it about the same size as the Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto city cars. However, with its flared arches, bluff nose and jacked-up stance, there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a radically designed and eye-catching baby SUV.