Volkswagen T-Roc Review 2022

Volkswagen T-Roc At A Glance

4/5

+Comfortable and refined on the move. Available with lots of personalisation options. High quality feel throughout. Entry-level 1.0 TSI engine is excellent.

-Not as fun to drive as the SEAT Arona. Hardly the most daring of designs. Early issues with 1.5 TSI Evo engine.

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

It was only a matter of time before Volkswagen went all-in on the small SUV craze, although you could say it's late to the party. The T-Roc is its Golf-sized crossover and a rival to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and MINI Countryman - both of which have already been around for several years.

And if you're expecting something edgy in terms of design, you may be disappointed by the T-Roc. It's neat rather than daring and although Volkswagen talks of it bringing an 'expressive, even sassy, design to the streets' (their words), we think the T-Roc is a little conservative.

It's not cheap either - entry-level models start at £20,000 while at the top of the range you're looking at more than £34k. For that you're well into Audi Q3 and BMW X1 territory. At least its popularity means its a decent value used SUV

Fortunately, the entry-level model comes with that we think is the best engine in the range - the 1.0 TSI. It may only have 115PS and seem far too small for a car like the T-Roc but it's got plenty of get up and go. We think many people will be pleasantly surprised by it. That's handy as there have been ongoing issues for some owners of 1.5 TSI models, which Volkswagen resolved later on.

What the T-Roc does offer is quality. It's incredibly quiet and refined, it rides well and it feels like a reassuringly solid and stable car. The interior is well finished, albeit with some harder plastics than we expect, but the infotainment is excellent and there's lots of tech available including Volkswagen's digital instrument display, allowing the driver to customise the instrument binnacle. 

It also has a good sized boot with a slightly bigger cargo capacity than a Nissan Qashqai. The rear seats offer decent space too with good headroom, although with the front seats all the way back, leg room for those in the back is on the tight side. 

Like the Up, the T-Roc has a wide choice of personalisation options, with contrasting paintwork (orange with a brown roof anyone?), coloured alloy wheels and colour matching interior panels and trim. So you can really go to town and make your T-Roc your own. Or just order a silver one.

There's much to like about the T-Roc, most notably its refinement and comfort. It's not the last word in excitement when it comes to driving, but it's very capable nontheless. With a good sized boot it has appeal for family buyers. The SEAT Arona is better value, but the Volkswagen has that bit more quality to just about justify the price.  

Volkswagen T-Roc 2017 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Volkswagen T-Roc

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

83%

Real MPG

29–61 mpg

MPGs submitted

170

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Can you suggest a replacement for our Suzuki Vitara?
"My Suzuki Vitara is six years old and starting to need a few extra repairs every MoT and service. The tinny sounding doors are also beginning to annoy more than they used to. Maybe it's because I'm a lot older now! I love the high driving position, ground clearance and sense of space the cabin has, I'm six foot tall and have a hankering for something a bit plusher inside with a bit more quality about it. I am not so concerned about the 4x4 capability as all-season tyres should see me ok. And working from home means I don't need to travel in bad weather as much as I used to. The only snag is, where I live, there are not many franchises. The closest we have are Ford, MG, Kia, Suzuki, Skoda and VW. Anything else is an hour's drive away at least so servicing could be a chore. Are there any "plusher" similar-sized SUVs you would recommend? "
Take a look at the Volkswagen T-Roc. It's got a higher seating position than most small SUVs, while the cabin has just been updated so it's a fair bit plusher than your Vitara's. Also take a look at the Ford Puma or, if you think an electric car might work for you, we'd recommend the MG ZS EV. This guide might be of interest: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/best-small-suv/
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a car with a spare wheel?
"I currently have a MINI Countryman JCW which I like the drive, but despise the fact that it does not come with a spare wheel. Our holidays include touring remote regions of Scotland and as such the boot space is taken up with a spare wheel. When I replace it, I would like to purchase a car with similar sporting driving, but with a full sized spare wheel. These days it seems that most cars are supplied without space for one. Are you able to advise on a car which will be as enjoyable to drive, but will have a spare wheel in case we suffer a puncture in a remote area. In case you are wondering what prompts this I once had a puncture in Harris caused by half a washer punching through a tyre, can you imagine trying to get a recovery vehicle out on Saturday evening in the outer Hebrides! "
A puncture in Harris doesn't sound ideal! The Volkswagen T-Roc R could be the answer to your problem. It has similar performance (300PS) to your MINI and four-wheel drive, it's not quite as keen in corners and it doesn't have the lovable retro design, but it's more practical inside than the MINI and also better designed. It's also pretty blooming quick and surprisingly economical relative to the performance on offer. A spacesaver spare is a £95 option on the T-Roc.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend a compact and comfortable car to replace my Mazda 3?
"Four years ago, HonestJohn.co.uk recommended a Mazda 3 for me. I very much like it: it's comfortable, got good performance, and is very economical. However, I find it a bit big and the visibility is not as good as it can be, so I find it hard to park neatly. Where we live, there is now no new car dealers. The nearest ones sell Volkswagens, Citroens, and Vauxhalls. Further away is a Toyota dealer. The kind of motoring we do would lend itself to an electric car, but they are too expensive for me to buy and insure. Therefore a petrol car would be the best compromise. I feel that because of my age, I would need an automatic, as my left knee can give me trouble. Currently, my wife and I favour a Volkswagen, either a Golf or a Polo. But we are also open to the idea of a Toyota. I am not a petrolhead, but I want to be able to overtake safely and the car needs to be comfortable. What do you suggest I buy?"
If visibility and comfort are key issues then I wonder if you might be better with a small SUV. The Toyota C-HR is very comfortable and its raised driving position will provide an excellent view of the road. What's more, because it sits higher from the road, you won't need to bend down to get in/out and this means access will be a lot easier than your low-slung Mazda 3. The C-HR has an excellent reputation for reliability and the 1.8 petrol hybrid will return around 58mpg, according to Real MPG submissions: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/toyota/c-hr-2016 The Volkswagen T-Roc is also very good, it was ranked as one of the UK's best SUVs in our latest Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/driving-1/2022-01/pothole-related-breakdowns-at-three-year-high/
Answered by Dan Powell
What are the alternatives to the Hyundai Kona?
"My wife is looking to change her petrol Hyundai Kona. She likes the car size and high driving position but she feels the boot is too small. Can you suggest an alternative with similar attributes to the Kona but with a bigger boot please?"
The Ford Puma would be my recommendation. It's a brilliant compact SUV that's well-equipped as standard and good to drive. It also has a huge 456-litre boot - which is 122 litres more than the Kona: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/ford/puma-2020/ If the Puma doesn't suit your needs, I'd suggest the Peugeot 2008 or Volkswagen T-Roc - the latter was rated as one of the UK's best cars in our latest Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2021/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2021-results/
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