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Volkswagen T-ROC HATCHBACK 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG

Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG
Volkswagen T-ROC 2.0 TSI R Line 4MOTION 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG41.50
  • 0-62mph7.2 secs
  • Top Speed134 mph
  • C02155 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque236 lbs/f
  • P11D32%

Review

The T-Roc is one of Volkswagen's most important models for years, representing the brand in the affordable style-conscious end of the fast-growing mid-sized SUV segment. Almost everything you can't see on this car comes from a Golf hatch, which is no bad thing. As for the stuff you'll admire in the driveway, well it all looks satisfyingly fashionable.

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Volkswagen's T-Roc fashion-conscious SUV takes the brand into almost uncharted stylised territory. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Volkswagen used to be properly represented in the mid-sized family SUV 'Qashqai-class' by its Tiguan model, but that crossover has been eased up-market in recent times, leaving a space into which the brand is slotting not one but two new SUVs. One is the Polo-based 'T-Cross' but here, our focus is the slightly larger Golf-based 'T-Roc'. It's the funkiest model of this kind we've yet seen from the Wolfsburg maker. It's there to take on not only the Qashqai but also a flood of other similarly sized and orientated SUV models that have hit the market in recent years, including the Vauxhall Grandland X and the Renault Kadjar, as well as in-house Volkswagen Group competitors like the SEAT Ateca and the Skoda Karoq. So this T-Roc will need to be good.

Driving Experience

The T-Roc gets the usual range of turbocharged Volkswagen Group engines. There are three TSI petrol engines, a 115PS 1.0-litre unit, a 150PS 1.5 and a 190PS 2.0-litre powerplant. And two TDI diesels, a 115PS 1.6 and a 150PS 2.0-litre. Providing you avoid the base 1.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel units, you'll also get the option of DSG auto transmission and 4MOTION 4WD. All-wheel drive isn't an especially popular customer option in this segment, but Volkswagen seems to think a lot of T-Toc customers will want it and has packaged up its 4MOTION system with plenty of extra features, primarily a driving profile selection system. This set-up gives you a choice of two on-road profiles ('Street' and 'Snow'). There are a couple of off-road modes too: 'Offroad' (which automatically sets the car up for 'off piste' use) and 'Offroad Individual' (which allows you to set various parameters). For models with front-wheel drive, the 'Driving Profile Selection' system can be specified as an option. Other extras you can add include 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping and 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control'.

Design and Build

The T-Roc's extrovert styling is certainly very different to that of Volkswagen's conservative Tiguan. It's smaller too, the compact 4,234mm length not only 252mm shorter than its SUV stablemate but also 21mm shorter than a Volkswagen Golf. The Wolfsburg brand's Head of Design, Klaus Bischoff, and his team have gone for a wide and long stance allied to a relatively low roofline and a steeply raked C-pillar. There are short overhangs too, but despite that, luggage space is quite generous - measuring 445 litres when loaded up to the top of the second row seat backrests. Inside, the cabin looks much the same as that of the Golf, though gives buyers greater scope for personalisation. Plusher models get the 'Active Info Display' 10.3-inch TFT instrument binnacle display now available on most larger Volkswagen models, which works in conjunction with an 8.0-inch centre-dash infotainment screen. These two monitors combine to create a digital and interactive cockpit with a wide range of online services and apps accessible via smartphone and the usual 'Volkswagen Car-Net' media connectivity system. As you'd expect, the 'MirrorLink'/'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring systems are available, as is a 'Security & Service' package which provides support in a wide variety of situations. Highlights include an Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Notification and Roadside Assistance.

Market and Model

Prices start from around £19,000, with most models selling in the £22,000 to £25,000 bracket. It's possible to pay a lot more than that though. A top-spec 2.0 TSI 4MOTION variant or example, costs around £31,500. Standard-fit items across the range include 2Zone electronic climate control, a 'Composition Media' infotainment system with an eight-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, DAB radio reception, USB connectivity and charging, alloy wheels of at least 16-inches in size and extensive passive and active safety equipment. Like most of its rivals in this segment, Volkswagen also offers buyers extensive opportunities for personalisation - things like a contrasting colour for the roof, the A-pillars and the door mirror housing colours and sport-styled bumpers with silver-metallic underbody protection. Inside, you'll be able to specify a choice of colours for the dashboard and the door panels. High end options include an electrically operated tailgate, an electrically operated panoramic sunroof, 'Vienna' leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging and a 400-watt six-speaker audio system by 'BeatsAudio'. As for safety, well there's Volkswagen's 'Front Assist' autonomous braking system, plus 'Blind Spot Monitoring, a 'Lane Assist' lane-keeping system and a 'Lane Change' set-up incorporating 'Rear Traffic Alert'.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the T-Roc is extremely class-competitive in terms of running costs. The base 1.0-litre petrol model manages around 55mpg on the combined cycle and 117g/km of CO2. Upgrade yourself to the 1.5 TSI EVO petrol engine which can shut down un-needed cylinders of the engine when not in use and the figures are around 50mpg and 120g/km. For the 2.0 TSI 4MOTION model, you're looking at around 40mpg and 155g/km. As for the TDI diesels, well if you opt for the base front-driven 1.6-litre variant, it should be possible to get well over 60mpg and under 115g/km of CO2 on a regular basis. Think in terms of a drop of around 10% in those figures if you go for the front-driven 2.0 TDI model - and a little more than that if you opt for a 2.0 TDI 4MOTION derivative. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your T-Roc will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles.

Summary

As Volkswagen well knows, this is the kind of car it needs to make to satisfy the current fickle, fashion-led SUV market. It's curious then, that it's taken the Wolfsburg maker so long to get around to bringing us such a model. For too long, the brand was represented in the Qashqai class only by the rather conservative and not especially affordable Tiguan. Now at last, the company's dealers have something really credible to offer buyers who once would have been satisfied with an ordinary Golf or Focus-style family hatch but now want something similarly sized but a bit more interesting. Is that what this is? After all, if you strip away the funky bodywork and the cabin personalisation, what you've got here is a slightly less efficient but more expensive Golf. But then, you could say similar things of just about any other contender in this segment. It's all about giving the market what it wants. And with the T-Roc, Volkswagen has done just that.

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Driver Convenience
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
'Lights On' warning buzzer
2 USB connection charging sockets
Active Info Display, 10.3" high resolution TFT dash display screen with customised information
Adaptive cruise control with front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring, city emergency braking
Automatic start/stop system
Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
Car information display
Car-Net App-Connect
Car-Net Security and Service
Discover navigation, 8" touch screen navigation/infotainment system with Car-Net, European map, CD/radio, 2D/3D map and speed limiter
Driver alert system with audible and visual fatigue detection system
Driver tips and journey analysis
Driving profile selection - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes with Individual mode allows for steering, drive and air conditioning settings
Dusk sensor
Lane assist
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Power assisted speed sensitive steering
Service interval indicator
Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
Voice activation
Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Entertainment
4 X 20 watt output
Front and rear 6 speakers
DAB Digital radio
Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
SD card slot
Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
Three route options - Fast, Short, Eco
Title and cover art display
Exterior Features
Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
Body coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators
LED dipped and main beam headlights with automatic range adjustment including signature LED daytime running lights
Silver anodised roof rails
Solid paint
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
Black grained lower door protectors
Body colour door handles
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Chrome effect left and right trapezoid exhaust tailpipe fascia surround
Chrome trim on upper and lower radiator grille
Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
Front and rear electric windows
Front fog lights with static cornering function
Front windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay
Fully galvanised body
Heated front washer nozzles and low fluid level indicator
Heated rear window
High level 3rd brake light
LED darkened rear light clusters
LED rear number plate lights
Manual coming/automatic leaving home lighting function
Rain sensor
Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
Interior Features
Lowered sport suspension with progressive steering
12V socket in centre console storage area
2 Front and rear reading lights incorporating LED technology
3 rear head restraints
4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
Aluminium pedals
Ambient lighting in front footwell and light strips below trim in front doors
Black roof lining and sun visors
Branded points of interest
Carbon flag cloth upholstery
Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter
Drawer under drivers seat
Front and rear carpet mats with contrast stitching
Front centre armrest with storage compartment, longitudinal and height adjustable and two rear air vents
Front cupholders x 2
Front footwell illumination
Front seat back storage pockets
Front sports seats with R-Line logo on seat backrest
Glovebox
Height adjustable front seats
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination
Interior light delay
Isofix easy fit child seat preparation for 2 outer rear seats
Load through provision with single cup holder when folded down
Luggage compartment cover, removable
Luggage compartment lighting
R Line badge
Split folding rear seat backrests with centre armrest
Storage compartment in left and right luggage area
Storage compartment in rear doors
Storage compartments in driver and front passenger doors
Three spoke multifunction leather trimmed steering wheel including gear knob and paddle shift with aluminium inserts contrast stitch and R Line logo
Unique R Line door sill protectors
Security
Remote tailgate unlocking using key fob
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Packs
R line styling pack - T-Roc
Winter pack - T-Roc
Safety
3 rear three point seatbelts
ABS
Curtain airbags
Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
Drivers and front passengers airbags with passengers deactivation switch
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Electronic stability control (ESC) includes ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
Front seat side impact airbags
Predictive pedestrian protection
Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Three point height adjust front seatbelts + pretensioners
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Technical
4MOTION active control
Battery regeneration during braking
Trim
Shadow steel decorative inserts in dashand door panel
Wheels
19" Suzuka alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres and anti wheel bolts
Space and weight saver spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 155
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 186
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 34
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description TSI
Coin Series R Line
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 24E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 79
NCAP Safety Assist % 71
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.2
Engine Power - BHP 190
Engine Power - KW 140
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 236
Engine Torque - MKG 32.6
Engine Torque - NM 320
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 134
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R19
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style SUZUKA
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1573
Length 4234
Wheelbase 2590
Width 1819
Width (including mirrors) 1992
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 55
Gross Vehicle Weight 1990
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1237
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 392
Max. Loading Weight 495
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1700
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 740
Minimum Kerbweight 1495
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.1

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Electric operated opening and closing tailgate £335.00
Park assist sensor controlled steering aid to assist parallel or bay parking features optical parking display via vehicle's infotainment system £165.00
Rear view camera £185.00
Side assist plus with rear traffic alert £345.00
Exterior Features
Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with panoramic rear panel £1,150.00
High beam assist - Automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam £155.00
Metallic paint £595.00
Pearlescent paint £595.00
Removable towbar £745.00
Removal of roof rails FOC
Special solid paint £360.00
Two tone - Black roof, A pillar and mirror housing £425.00
Interior Features
Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat £70.00
Packs
Beats sound pack - T-Roc £425.00
Driver's assistance pack plus - T-Roc £205.00
Smoking pack - T-Roc £25.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Atlantic blue £595.00
Metallic - Energetic Orange £595.00
Metallic - Indium grey £595.00
Metallic - Ravenna blue £595.00
Metallic - Turmeric Yellow £595.00
Metallic - White silver £595.00
Pearl - Deep black £595.00
Solid - Urano grey FOC
Special solid - Flash red £360.00
Special solid - Pure white £360.00
Safety
Pre crash preventive occupant protection £150.00
Security
Remote keyless entry using key fob including Start/Stop button on centre console £395.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control £895.00
Trim
Carbon flag cloth - Titan black/Flint grey FOC
* option prices shown are estimated