2022 Volkswagen T-Roc small SUV revealed: price, specs, and release date
Updated Volkswagen T-Roc small SUV offers aggressive looks, a high-tech interior, and semi-autonomous driving technology...
On sale: Spring 2022 | Price from: £26,000 (est)
Nightclub bouncers can be an aggressive, shouty breed, but every so often you’ll come across one that takes care of you, and puts you in a cab to get home safely if you’ve had a heavy night. The Volkswagen T-Roc small SUV is the second sort of bouncer, because it blends aggressive looks and an imposing road presence with a tender character, cosseting ride, and even athletic ability in performance-oriented R models. Now it’s been updated with a high-tech interior, an even more macho look, and technology which can help take some of the stress out of long journeys.
From the outside, the updated T-Roc has received a suite of minor styling tweaks, including an LED light bar running the length of the grille – something sure to make the new car even more striking on the road. LED headlights are now included as standard, too; they were previously optional on most models. You’ll also be able to pay extra for adaptive headlights that can shape their beam to avoid blinding oncoming drivers.
Updated tail lights will also be an option, featuring integrated LED indicators that pulse in the direction you’re signalling.
Inside, the traditional instrument cluster has been replaced with an 8.0in display on all models, which can be upgraded to 10.3in via the options list. The infotainment touchscreen – available in either 6.5in, 8.0in, or 9.2in form depending on which trim you go for – has been moved to the top of the dashboard, and it now runs updated software that includes features such as wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto connections, as well as an in-car wi-fi hotspot.
The outgoing model’s physical, centre console-mounted climate controls have been replaced with a series of touch-sensitive bars and buttons. Given the lack of tactile response that such elements provide compared with physical controls, these solutions tend to be harder to control, and force you to divert your attention away from the road as a result.
The T-Roc’s dimensions haven’t changed. That means it can seat five and you should expect plenty of room up front, with generous space for three in the rear. The boot should still take up to seven carry-on suitcases; that's a similar amount of luggage to what the Citroën C3 Aircross will take, although it shrinks to six if you choose a four-wheel drive T-Roc such as the the R.
The engine line-up remains the same as before. As a refresher, petrol-powered options include the 109bhp, 1.0-litre TSI 110, the 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI 150, and the 187bhp, 2.0-litre TSI 190. Of these, the TS1 110 is our favourite, offering good punch at low revs and enough flexibility for motorway use, and the TSI 150 is much the same, albeit with more vim and vigour.
Both the 2.0-litre diesel engines – offering either 113bhp or 148bhp – also remain. These should be useful for drivers covering lots of motorway miles, or who tow regularly, thanks to their excellent low-down pulling power. The 148bhp version will also be offered with four-wheel drive.
Thanks to a new suite of driver assistance systems, the T-Roc can now control its own acceleration, braking, and position within a motorway lane. While you’ll need to remain attentive and able to take control of the car in an emergency, this system should help to reduce your fatigue on longer journeys by taking over some of the driving.
You should expect to pay around £26,000 for an entry-level model – a price rise of around £1500 compared with the current version, thanks to the new gadgets. This places the T-Roc into competition with well-appointed versions of the Ford Puma – our reigning Small SUV of the Year for two years on the trot – as well as the Toyota Yaris Cross and the Nissan Juke.
These pricing changes are also reflected in the similarly updated T-Roc Cabriolet and the T-Roc R. Cabriolet buyers should expect prices to start at around £30,000, while the T-Roc R will start at approximately £43,500; that's around £4000 more than its Audi SQ2 and Cupra Ateca rivals.
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