Volkswagen T-Roc hatchback running costs
You'll pay silly money for the top-end models, such as the 2.0-litre petrol with its standard automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Frankly, there are much better options available in the bugger family SUV category if you've got close to £30k to spend.
Running costs for cheaper T-Rocs also look sensible. The 1.0-litre version averages more than 55mpg in official (WLTP) tests and, while we have yet to put it through our own True MPG cycle, mid-40s should be achievable in mixed driving.
Volkswagen expects the T-Roc to be bought mostly by private buyers, but if you're considering one as a company car, the 1.0-litre petrol will be the most affordable option. However, CO2 emissions are still higher than they are for the equivalent Seat Arona.
Likewise, if you're buying on a PCP finance deal, expect to part with more money each month than if you'd opted for an equivalent Arona. It’s cheaper than the Q2, though, thanks to the T-Roc’s strong resale values and the Q2’s higher list price.
Volkswagen T-Roc hatchback equipment
There are no shortage of trims to choose from, starting with entry-level S and rising through SE, Design, SEL before finishing up with the sportiest-looking R-Line.
Equipment fitted as standard across the range includes dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and alloy wheels of at least 16in in diameter.
SE trim is worth considering because it adds, among other things, adaptive cruise control and the front and rear parking sensors we mentioned earlier. However, we'd be tempted to go for Design; it's not a great deal pricier but brings a wider range of personalisation options and styling accessories, including twin chrome-effect trapezoid-exhaust surrounds and contrasting roof and door mirror colours, as well as bumpers with silver-metallic underbody protection.
The upper trims are too much money to justify on a car in this class.
Volkswagen T-Roc hatchback reliability
The T-Roc is too new to have appeared in the latest What Car? reliability survey. However, the larger Tiguan, to which the T-Roc is related, was a solid mid-table finisher in the Family SUV class. VW as a brand was equally mid-table, finishing 17th out of 31 manufacturers — that’s below Seat but above Audi.
A three-year warranty, limited to 60,000 miles, comes as standard with every VW. That’s typical of most car makers, but not as good as Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty or Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile package.
Volkswagen T-Roc hatchback safety and security
Euro NCAP awarded the T-Roc five stars (out of five) for safety. A more in-depth look at the results shows that the car is better at protecting adult occupants, child occupants and pedestrians than the Q2 and Arona.
As a bonus, all T-Rocs get an automatic emergency braking system that can detect pedestrians as well as other cars. Other driver aids are standard, too, including one that warns you if you start to drift out of your lane and, on Design trim upwards, another that alerts you to driver fatigue and advises when to take a break. Blindspot monitoring is a reasonably priced option that comes with rear cross traffic alert; that alerts you if you’re about to reverse into the path of another car.
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