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VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC HATCHBACK

1.0 TSI Life 5dr

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Volkswagen's fashion-conscious T-Roc compact SUV looks a little more appealing in this updated form, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Background

From launch in 2018, the T-Roc provided an entry point to Volkswagen's SUV range, but these days two models, the Taigo and the T-Cross, sit beneath it. So the T-Roc, which unlike those two Polo-based designs rides on the underpinnings of a larger Golf, needed a bit of a spruce-up to justify its continuing place in the range. Hence the mid-term facelift we examine here. With over a million sales on the board, it's supposed to appeal to customers who want something larger than a supermini-based crossover design, but don't want to stretch up to Volkswagen's mid-sized Tiguan SUV. People who want something trendier - which is why the T-Roc also comes in Cabriolet and hot hatch T-Roc R forms. There's lots of competition these days though, for this type of car. So this improved T-Roc will need to be good.

Driving Experience

There are no petrol engine changes as part of this update: surprisingly, Volkswagen isn't introducing its mild hybrid tech. So, as before, there are four TSI petrol engines, a 115PS 1.0-litre three cylinder unit, a 150PS four cylinder 1.5 and a 2.0-litre powerplant offered either with 190PS - or with as much as 300PS in the top T-Roc R. Diesel options have been updated: you can select between a couple of the brand's latest, now-cleaner 2.0-litre TDI diesels, these offering either 115PS or 150PS. You'll also get the option of DSG auto transmission on most models - which you have to have with the T-Roc R. Engaging drive dynamics won't be a priority for T-Roc customers, which is just as well given what's on offer here, but as usual with a Volkswagen, you get a very well judged standard of ride. All-wheel drive isn't an especially popular customer option in this segment, but Volkswagen offers it with the 2.0 TSI and 2.0 TDI 150PS models - that's another thing that's mandatory on the T-Roc R. The brand has packaged up its 4MOTION system with plenty of extra features, primarily a driving profile selection system (which you can also order on a 2WD variant). 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). Other extras you can add include 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping and 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control'.

Design and Build

The exterior styling tweaks made to this updated model are subtle. LED headlights and darkened rear tail lamps total the changes but you can add to them by paying extra for the brand's 'IQ LIGHT with LED matrix headlights' package. As before, there are three variants, the standard T-Roc hatch, the sporting T-Roc R and the T-Roc Cabriolet. In all cases, the fashionable looks stay much as before, a wide and long stance allied to a relatively low roofline, short overhangs and a steeply raked C-pillar. Inside, there's a smarter dash trimming panel. And a redesigned, more 'tablet'-like central infotainment screen, which can now be had in larger 9.2-inch form as well as the usual 8.0-inch size. All variants now get a digital instrument cluster too - optionally upgradeable to 10.25-inches in sizes in 'Digital Cockpit Pro' form. There's also a redesigned steering wheel and higher quality fabric door trim. As before, the two monitors combine to offer 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. There's reasonable room for a couple of adults in the back. And luggage space in the fixed-top version is quite generous - measuring 445 litres when loaded up to the top of the second row seat backrests.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels in the mainstream range, 'Life', 'Style' and 'R-Line'. Pricing is much as before, which means that most mainstream T-Roc hatches will be sold in the £25,000-£30,000 bracket. You'll pay from just over £30,000 for the T-Roc Cabriolet - but closer to £35,000 for the kind of spec you'll probably want. There's a big price jump to the high performance T-Roc R hatch - think just over £40,000 for one of those. Key equipment features available as part of this model upgrade include the brand's 'IQ LIGHT with LED matrix headlights package. And Volkswagen's clever 'Travel Assist' system, which in concert with a new predictive ACC cruise control set-up can take care of a lot of the driving duties for you at highway speeds. It enables assisted steering, braking and acceleration at speeds of up to 130mph. By integrating the signals from the front camera, as well as GPS and map data, the system can incorporate local speed limit information, town boundary signs, junctions and roundabouts. For a bit more visual presence, you can now optionally specify an illuminating radiator grille strip and dynamic turn signal lighting. 'R-Line' models now get the super-supportive sports seats that were previously fitted only to the T-Roc R. There's also a range of fresh paint colours and some smarter 17 and 19-inch alloy wheel designs.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the T-Roc is extremely class-competitive in terms of WLTP running costs. The base 1.0-litre petrol model manages up to 47.1mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 136g/km of CO2. Upgrade yourself to the 1.5 TSI petrol engine which can shut down un-needed cylinders of the engine when not in use and the figures are 45.6mpg and 141g/km. As for the TDI diesels, well if you opt for the base front-driven 115PS variant, it should be possible to get 60.1mpg and 122g/km of CO2. For the 150PS 2.0 TDI variant, its 58.9mpg and 125g/km. All these are manual model figures. Obviously, the heavier T-Roc Cabriolet is slightly less economic with these engines. And the T-Roc R manages 33.2mpg and 194g/km. 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

Strip away the funky bodywork and the cabin personalisation and what you've got here is a slightly less efficient but slightly more expensive Golf. But then, you could say similar things of just about any other compact-to-mid-sized SUV contender in this growing segment. It's all about giving the market what it wants. And with the T-Roc, Volkswagen has done just that. Are there problems? Interior space perhaps. But then if you wanted that in a compact Volkswagen SUV, you'd probably stretch to a Tiguan. This facelifted T-Roc model improves the original car's issue that some of the cabin trimming felt a little down-market. Here, things are improved, though you might still want for more, given the pricing applied to plusher models, though there's enough technology provided to make this less noticeable. These top derivatives are quite expensive though, which brings into focus the fact that amongst rivals in this segment, there are plenty of slightly cheaper alternatives. Most of them though, lack this T-Roc's 'want one' factor.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions136.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed115mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth mobile phone interface
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Driver tips and journey analysis
  • Emergency call service
  • Lane keeping system Lane Assist
  • Modified key software - reduce switch off time for key status change to Long no motion
  • Online services
  • Park assist including front and rear parking sensors
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Service interval indicator
  • Tailgate/trunk lid release from outside
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Wireless app connect

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Front shock absorption
  • Rear shock absorption chassis with increased ride height
  • Start/stop function with battery regeneration

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Front and rear 6 speakers
  • 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
  • Title and cover art display
  • We Connect and We Connect Plus functionality

Exterior Features

  • 3rd brake light
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • Automatic headlight control with LED separate daytime running lights with coming/leaving home function
  • Black roof rails
  • Body coloured bumpers and radiator grille with chrome trim and front fog lamps with chrome bezel
  • Body coloured exterior mirror housings and door handles
  • Extended roof spoiler
  • Exterior mirrors aspherical on driver side, convex on front passenger side
  • External USB type C socket and charging sockets
  • Front windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay
  • Heated rear window
  • LED Headlights
  • LED rear combination lamps
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • LED tail lamp rear comination lamps
  • Power windows with comfort operation and circuit breaker
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear exhaust tailpipe
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Remote electrically foldable door mirrors, puddle lights and reverse activated passenger's door mirror

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
  • Air care climatronic air conditoning system with active combination filter and 2-zone temperature control
  • Ambient lighting with mirror logo projection
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Door and side trim panel in cloth
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front comfort sports seats
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front reading light
  • Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light delay
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Leather gearshift handle
  • Load-through provision with cup holder when folded down ('Unsplit rear seat bench, split folding backrest, with centre armrest)
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat
  • Non-folding front passenger seat backrest
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Storage compartment in left and right luggage area
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartments in driver and front passenger doors
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable

Packs

  • Driver assistance pack - T-Roc

Passive Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3 point seatbelts in outer rear with ECE label
  • ABS
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
  • Drivers seatbelt reminder
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) inc EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
  • Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
  • Front assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring
  • Front disc brakes
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Predictive pedestrian protection
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Single tone horn
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection
  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn, and towing protection
  • Remote central locking with SAFELOCK, radio remote control with 2 remote control folding keys

Trim

  • Pewter matt decorative inserts for intrument panel and door panels at the front

Wheels

  • Trims for alloy wheels

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    136

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    76.4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    9
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    5.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    49.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    110
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    Life
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    15E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18600
  • 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)
    10.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    110
  • Engine Power - KW
    81
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    148
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    200
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    115

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    CHESTER
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1584
  • Length
    4236
  • Wheelbase
    2590
  • Width
    1819

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1800
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    445
  • Max. Loading Weight
    574
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    650
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1226
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

"a month ago"

Ollie Emery

Ollie Emery

"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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