Volkswagen T-Roc Review 2022

Volkswagen T-Roc At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The latest updates to the Volkswagen T-Roc mean it's now one of the best small SUVs you can buy. It's extremely comfortable with that oh-so-desirable high seating position, while a big boot means it's a very versatile choice. There's also a very wide range of engines including diesel power – and you can even buy a four-wheel-drive T-Roc.

+Comfortable and refined on the move. Available with lots of personalisation options. Improved interior from 2022. Wide range of engines including excellent entry-level 1.0-litre TSI.

-Not as fun to drive as the SEAT Arona or Ford Puma. 2.0-litre petrol is thirsty. No hybrid model.

New prices start from £21,440, brokers can source from £24,453
Insurance Groups are between 10–24
On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

The Volkswagen T-Roc has been given a round of mid-life updates in 2022, improving an already popular small SUV. With a solid and practical cabin, a refined and comfortable drive and plenty of engine choices, the VW T-Roc in this review is a sensible - if unexciting - buy. 

The Volkswagen T-Roc is one of those cars that sits between two sectors. It's technically a small SUV, so key rivals include the Ford Puma, SEAT Arona and Peugeot 2008, but VW also has the T-Cross to compete with those. The T-Roc is also based on the Volkswagen Golf, making it larger and more refined. 

The T-Roc sits between the Taigo and Tiguan in VW's line-up, to make things even more confusing. It's almost a competitor for the Nissan Qashqai, but lines up more closely in price and size with cars such as the Honda HR-V, Renault Arkana and Mazda CX-30. Confused? We bet you are. 

Wherever it fits, the T-Roc has struck a chord with buyers, and in a bid to increase that desirability it's been given a mid-life facelift. The range starts from £25,000, with the regular T-Roc strange now split into just three core trim levels: Life, Style and R-Line. All three are well-equipped, with even the most affordable Volkswagen T-Roc Life featuring an eight-inch infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels and a range of driver-assist systems.

The majority of T-Roc buyers opt for one of the petrol engines: there's a 1.0-litre, a 1.5 and even a 2.0-litre with four-wheel drive. The latter will be quite expensive to run so, unless you really need the reassurance of all-wheel drive, we'd look at one of the smaller engines. In fact, the little 1.0-litre is perhaps the sweetest, with eager performance and impressive refinement for a three-cylinder engine.

You can also get a diesel Volkswagen T-Roc (increasingly rare, especially in a small SUV like this). Although the T-Roc was previously offered with an underpowered 1.6-litre diesel, it's now available with a 2.0-litre with a variety of power outputs and a choice of two- or four-wheel drive as well as manual and DSG automatic gearboxes. If you need to tow a caravan with your T-Roc, the 2.0-litre TDI could be ideal.

As well as the standard T-Roc range, you can also get the hot Volkswagen T-Roc R range-topper with its 300PS petrol engine and even a T-Roc Cabriolet soft-top. The latter is a pretty unique car, harking back to the old Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The Volkswagen T-Roc has a higher driving position than a lot of small SUVs, giving you a good view of your surroundings. It's also got a softer suspension setup than many, which helps on bumpy road surfaces (although it's not quite as rewarding to drive as a Ford Puma).

It also has a spacious interior, meaning you could use the T-Roc as your main family car. Its boot is considerably bigger than you'd find in a Volkswagen Golf, while there's an impressive amount of headroom for rear-seat passengers.

The Volkswagen badge is synonymous with quality but that was lacking slightly in early T-Roc models. There were quite a few harsh plastics and the cabin wasn't upmarket enough to tempt buyers away from alternatives like the MINI Countryman.

The 2022 facelift brought with it a redesigned dashboard with a classier finish and an improved eight-inch infotainment display, as well as an eight-inch digital instrument cluster.

These improvements mean the Volkswagen T-Roc is now more competitive than ever before, and should be high on your small SUV shortlist.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend an alternative to the Audi Q2?
"I like the look and performance of the Audi Q2. What similar models would perhaps be a better choice?"
The Volkswagen T-Roc is a very similar car underneath to the Q2, powered by many of the same engines. Its cabin isn't quite as nicely trimmed but it's a newer design, with fresher tech. We'd also consider the BMW X1 or X2, the MINI Countryman and the Mazda CX-30.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Should we sell one of our cars?
"My wife and I are in our late seventies, and we run two cars, A Hyundai Tuscon 55 reg with 50,000 miles on the clock, and I run a BMW series one 120D with 85,000 on the clock. We are thinking of getting rid of one, bearing in mind that the Tuscon is shortly due an MoT and service plus a new timing belt. In your opinion, which vehicle should we get rid of or should we cut our losses and go for a 2-3 year old second hand with less than 20,000 miles on the clock? If you recommend changing our vehicles I think we need to be looking at something like a SUV as they are higher."
Both vehicles are getting quite old and could be expensive to run as they get older. The BMW in particular has the potential to produce some big bills – especially if you're not covering enough miles to warrant a diesel (they generally aren't suited to regular short journeys). Now could be the time to sell them both and buy a newer replacement. Take a look at the Volkswagen T-Roc. It's got a high seating position, comfortable seats and is a very stylish small SUV. We'd also recommend a Toyota C-HR or Mazda CX-30.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How does the Lexus UX compare to the BMW X1?
"How do you compare Lexus UX 250h and BMW X1 (2-litre petrol, auto), models 2018-2020. And where does Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet auto stand in this mix? Models 2016-2020. "
Both the Lexus UX and BMW X1 are desirable premium SUVs. The Lexus UX is likely to be a very reliable choice, and the brand consistently performs well in our annual Satisfaction Index. The BMW X1 will be more enjoyable to drive, though, and has a better infotainment system. The Suzuki Vitara should also be very reliable, although it feels dated alongside competitors like the Volkswagen T-Roc (and will feel rather downmarket compared to the BMW X1 and Lexus UX).
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a hybrid car with easy access?
"I have a 2016 plate Fiesta Titanium automatic. For health reasons it has become too low to get in and out of the car easily and without pain. I have been driving cars with an automatic gear box for many years and this suits me well. Are you able to give me suggestions of any cars that you think I should be looking at? I am open to hybrid engines but could not manage the charging problems of a fully electric car. I would prefer 4/5 doors because I need passengers to have easy access to the back seats. The second question is about the possible value I could get on my present car so that I can work out how much capital I would need to use to buy a more comfortable car within the next year. My present Fiesta has mileage of about 20,000 and is fully dealer serviced since I bought it when it was less that a year old."
First of all, we'd recommend looking at the latest Honda Jazz. It's a hybrid car with easy access, a higher-than-normal seating position and lots of interior space. Alternatively, take a look at small SUVs like the Volkswagen T-Roc. This guide might be useful: For a valuation of your Fiesta, insert your registration number here for an accurate idea of its value:
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a Volkswagen T-Roc cost?

Buy new from £24,453(list price from £25,795)