What Car? says...
Volkswagens tend to be great box tickers. They’re cars that appeal to your rational side rather than your emotional one. However, when the Volkswagen T-Roc was revealed, there was a lot of talk of it being a new kind of VW with as much style as substance.
And, indeed, this small SUV now has more road presence than ever, following a mid-life refresh, because this brought bigger front air intakes, standard LED headlights and an LED light bar on higher spec models that runs the width of the front grille.
The Volkswagen T-Roc’s reliability is about average for the small SUV class. In our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, it did less well than the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman but better than the Ford Puma and Seat Arona. Volkswagen, meanwhile, finished down in 20th place out of 30 manufacturers in the brands section of the survey. Read more here
There are no hybrid or electric car versions of the Volkswagen T-Roc to appeal to company car drivers. If you want a VW with zero tailpipe emissions, you could look at the ID.3. The T-Roc’s 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrol engines are frugal, though, and there are also two diesels that will keep running costs reasonable. Read more here
We recommend the Volkswagen T-Roc’s entry-level 1.0 110 TSI petrol engine, which gives you a good blend of performance and efficiency. It can be had in entry-level Life trim, which gets everything you’ll need, including manual lumbar support, and an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen that can run phone apps with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. It also has front and rear parking sensors, plus automatic emergency braking (AEB). Read more here
The Volkswagen T-Roc Life is the entry-trim level, while Style is pricier. Life has more than enough equipment, including two-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, adjustable lumbar support and 16in alloy wheels. Walking up to Style adds larger 17in alloys, sat-nav, ambient interior lighting and the fully customisable 10.25in digital driver infotainment cluster. Read more here
Every version of the Volkswagen T-Roc has an 8in touchscreen infotainment system mounted high on the dashboard, and gets wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Mid-range Style and above gets sat-nav. The screen is surrounded by touch-sensitive shortcut buttons that respond fairly swiftly to prods. Wireless phone-charging is an option on all trim levels. Read more here
The Volkswagen T-Roc’s boot is slightly bigger than the Audi Q2 and Seat Arona boots. It comes with a helpful adjustable height floor as standard to remove the annoying loading lip many rivals have. Just be aware that four-wheel-drive models lose some boot space, dropping from 445 litres down to 392 litres (or about the size of a suitcase in our tests). Read more here
|RRP price range||£25,810 - £41,750|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|Number of engines (see all)||6|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||33.2 - 60.1|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,583 / £2,980|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£3,165 / £5,961|