Volkswagen T-Cross vs Volkswagen T-Roc: verdict

Volkswagen has not one but two contenders in the small SUV market, and we rate both highly. Let’s see how they stack up next to each other...

Volkswagen T-Cross vs Volkswagen T-Roc

Our verdict

If one of these cars catches your eye in particular, even if it’s not the one we’re about to recommend, there’s no doubt you’ll have bought a smashing small SUV. But if you’re happy to let your head rule your heart, we’d point you in the direction of the T-Roc first.

Yes, the T-Cross will be a little cheaper to run and its sliding rear bench gives more flexibility with space, but the T-Roc trumps those things with its larger boot, more generous standard equipment list, cushier ride and brisker acceleration – and all for an acceptable additional cost.

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1st – Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc rear

For More compliant ride; larger boot; punchier engine; better equipped
Against Less rear leg room; adjustable lumbar support optional; drinks more fuel

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross rear

For Sliding rear bench; cheaper to buy and run; more agile in corners
Against Drab standard interior; fidgety low-speed ride; questionable seat comfort

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specification: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Volkswagen T-Cross studio side - boot open

Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 94bhp @ 5000rpm
Peak torque 129Ib ft @ 2000-3500rpm
Gearbox 5-spd manual
0-60mph 11.9sec
30-70mph 12.1sec
Top speed 112mph
30-0mph 11.3m
70-0mph 64.8m
Official economy 47.6mpg (WLTP)
True MPG 46.6mpg
Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £1304
CO2 emissions 135g/km


Specification: Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI 115 Design

Volkswagen T-Roc studio side - boot open

Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 113bhp @ 5000rpm
Peak torque 148Ib ft @ 2000-3500rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 10.5ec
30-70mph 10.3sec
Top speed 116mph
30-0mph 11.2m
70-0mph 62.2m
Official economy 47.5mpg (WLTP)
True MPG 42.5mpg
Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £1430
CO2 emissions 135g/km

Weather conditions Damp


Cars pictured

Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 95 SE with Energetic Orange metallic paint (£575), Discover Navigation (£735), Energetic Orange Design Pack (£530), Active Info Display (£380), Winter Pack (£305) and floor mats (£95)

Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI 115 Design with Turmeric Yellow metallic paint/ black roof (£625) and black/Turmeric Yellow interior trim, Discover Pro Navigation (£810), Active Info Display (£435), Winter Pack (£305), front foglights (£270) and front seat lumbar adjustment (£70)


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