Volkswagen T-Roc review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 front left tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 front left static
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 rear right static
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 right static
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 front left tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 front left static
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 rear right static
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 right static
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Frankly, you’ll pay silly money for top-end VW T-Roc models, such as the 2.0 TDI 150 DSG R-Line. For the price, we reckon there are better options available in the larger, family SUV class. On the other hand, the 1.0 TSI 110 in entry-level Active trim makes much more sense. It’s cheaper than the equivalent versions of the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman and has equally strong predicted resale values.

Running costs for cheaper T-Rocs look sensible. The 1.0 TSI 110 can officially average more than 46mpg, which is pretty good, while decent CO2 emissions and reasonable P11D values make it competitive on company car tax. It’s worth mentioning that the Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid 155 is even better on both counts. 

Black Edition and Design trims miss out on some of the equipment that comes with the Active trim, and instead have more customisable interiors. The upper trims are too expensive to justify. As we said before, you’d be better off spending that sort of money on a bigger family SUV.

Volkswagen T-Roc 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

As a brand, Volkswagen finished well down in 20th place out of the 30 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That’s not great because it was below many small SUV producers, such as Mini, Mazda and Skoda. Peugeot, Vauxhall and Nissan finished beneath Volkswagen, though. 

If you compare the T-Roc specifically with other small SUVs, it does averagely well, falling behind the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2 but beating the Ford Puma and Seat Arona.

Overview

If you avoid the pricier trims and engines, the Volkswagen T-Roc is a fine buy. Its soft ride makes it one of the most comfortable cars in the class, while its spacious interior and big boot will appeal to families. Also, its high-set driving position is just what SUV buyers crave – and something many other small SUVs fail to deliver.

  • Comfortable ride and quiet on the motorway
  • High-set driving position for a small SUV
  • Good boot by class standards
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Upper trims and engine options are too pricey
  • Unexciting handling; the Ford Puma is a sharper drive