Volkswagen T-Roc (2018–)

Model History

August 2017

Volkswagen T-Roc unveiled

The optionally front-wheel or all-wheel drive T-Roc is the first Volkswagen SUV that will be available to order in two-tone paintwork with visually contrasting roof section (including the A-pillars and exterior mirror housings).

The look is enhanced by all-round, dark plastic trim, which protects the bodywork around the wheel arches and side sills, as well as the vehicle's front and rear.

Inside it gets the Active Info Display and a specific infotainment system which creates a new, digital and interactive cockpit. Via smartphone and Volkswagen Car Net it is possible to use a wide spectrum of online services and apps and to integrate the telephone and/or media library.

If all five seats are occupied, luggage space when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrests totals 445 litres. The backrests can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, yielding luggage capacity of up to 1290 litres.

The T-Roc base version comes with high-tech systems such as Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the lane keeping system Lane Assist. Also part of the base specification are details such as air conditioning, the Composition Colour infotainment system, LED tail light cluster, visual underbody guard (black) and LED daytime running lights in the bumper.

In addition, two higher lines on a par with each other, 'Sport' and 'Style', are available in parallel for maximum personalisation of the T-Roc. While the T-Roc 'Style' is characterised by exclusive touches such as the interior's decorative panels available in a choice of four colours, the focus in the case of the T-Roc 'Sport' is on sporty features such as the standard sport comfort seats.

Like the larger Tiguan, the new T-Roc too is being offered with efficient turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI) and three diesels (TDI). They are being offered partly with front-wheel drive and manual gearbox, partly with front-wheel drive, 4Motion all-wheel drive (including 4Motion Active Control as standard) and the dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG).

April 2018

T-Roc R-Line launched

Additions to T-Roc R-Line models include 19-inch ‘Suzuka’ alloy wheels shod with low rolling resistance tyres; sports suspension, body-coloured roof spoiler and styling pack including R-Line design front and rear bumpers, black wheel arch extensions, body-coloured side skirts and unique R-Line badging.

Inside, the T-Roc gains a black roof lining; dark grey decorative inserts in dash and door panels; front footwell illumination, front LED reading lights, Carbon Flag upholstery, chrome R-Line door sill inserts, aluminium pedals, R-Line carpet mats front and rear and a flat-bottomed R-Line leather multi-function steering wheel.

April 2018

Driver's seat lumbar support not originally available on the T-Roc is now available as an optional extra at £60.

August 2018

Volkswagen adds 1.6 TDI to T-Roc

The 1.6-litre turbodiesel comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and produces 115PS and 250Nm of torque. Although Volkswagen has yet to reveal an official fuel economy figure for the entry-level diesel, it has been tested under the new WLTP lab tests. Volkswagen's quoting an NEDC-derived CO2 emissions figure of 115g/km.

Only available as a front-wheel-drive model, buyers after four-wheel drive will have to opt for the 150PS 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Petrol buyers, meanwhile, are catered for with 1.0-, 1.5- and 2.0-litre TSI engines with power outputs ranging from 115PS to 190PS.

February 2019

Volkswagen T-Roc R announced

7-speed wet clutch DQ500 transmission and 4Motion Haldex clutchd 4WD. Has sporty features such as progressive steering, sports running gear with driving mode selection and race mode, launch control and a traction control system that can be disengaged.

Sports running gear (with lowered suspension) ensures ideal road holding. Progressive steering included as standard plays a major part in ensuring agile driving behaviour, while the 17-inch brake system previously only found in the Volkswagen Golf R Performance provides effective braking.

Driving modes include a special "race" mode for an especially sporty driving experience. Launch control feature, which provides optimal traction during acceleration while offering maximum drive torque and a corresponding stability management program. The ESC Electronic Stability Control feature can be manually switched off to ensure particularly dynamic driving on the edge.

Colour choice between Lapiz Blue Metallic or Pure White Uni, Flash Red Uni, Turmeric Yellow Metallic, White Silver Metallic, Energetic Orange Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect and Indium Grey Metallic. The roof can be painted black in connection with all colour options if desired.

The 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels in Dark Graphite with 235/40 R19 tyres and an R-performance titanium exhaust system from Akrapovic.

September 2019

Volkswagen T-Roc R priced from £38,450

Orders now open for the T-Roc R, which combines 300PS with 400Nm of torque and a limited top speed of 155mph. 0-62mph is covered in 4.9 seconds.

Lightweight 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels are fitted to the T-Roc R as standard – an upgrade over the standard-fit 18-inch wheels fitted in other markets. The new R model also benefits from the option of Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive damper system at a cost of £695.

The T-Roc R’s colour palette includes Energetic Orange, Turmeric Yellow, White Silver, Indium Grey, Deep Black, Pure White, Flash Red and the standout R-specific shade Lapiz Blue all available on the compact performance SUV. All are also offered in combination with a black roof, A-pillar and mirror housings.

October 2019

Updates for 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc

T-Roc gets a VW Connect Dongle as standard on S, SE and Design trims. Meanwhile, on the R-Line the standard fit Caribou Grey dash pad is replaced by a Shadow Steel item.

May 2020

Volkswagen T-Roc Black Edition launched

Based on the SE model, the Black Edition adds a black-finish to its grille trim, door mirror caps, roof rails and exhaust pipes, as well as adding rear privacy glass, 18-inch ‘Arlo Black’ alloy wheels and LED headlights.

On the inside, the black theme continues, with ‘Piano Black’ dashpads, black roof lining, leather-wrapped gearshift knob and multifunction sports steering wheel with contrasting grey stitching, white ambient lighting and footwell illumination.

The Black Edition is sold with 1.0- and 1.5-litre TSI petrol, and 1.6- and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines, with 115 and 150PS outputs respectively.

The T-Roc Black Edition starts at £23,750 RRP OTR for the 1.0-litre, 115 PS TSI model.

What does a Volkswagen T-Roc (2018) cost?

List Price from £25,125
Buy new from £21,047
Contract hire from £189.97 per month