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Volkswagen T-Roc

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

68
%
C

Eco Rating:

65
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

64
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

68
%
C

Eco Rating:

65
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

64
%
B

Summary


The Volkswagen T-Roc is a compact SUV/crossover that sits between the larger Tiguan and smaller T-Cross in the Volkswagen SUV family. It was unveiled in the summer of 2017 with the first cars arriving in the UK by Christmas the same year.

There is a high-performance model called the T-Roc R, and a convertible version of the T-Roc, called the T-Roc Cabriolet, has been on sale in the UK since 2020.

The Volkswagen T-Roc has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating of 67% (as of January 2024) that is competitive in its market segment. The T-Roc has received particular praise for its comfort and overall refinement. However, it has been criticised for not maintaining the same sort of interior quality that the rest of the Volkswagen range offers, while top-spec models are relatively expensive compared to its rivals.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Volkswagen T-Roc ranked equal 47th.

A T-Roc facelift arrived in the UK in Spring 2022, consisting minor of exterior styling tweaks and on-board tech updates.

Key specifications


Body style: Compact SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £27,045 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2017
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 79%
Safety assist: 71%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.5 TSI OPF Petrol FWD Manual

Overall score: 2.5 stars
Date tested: April 2023
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 7.7 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 4.4 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 2.8 / 10

Reliability rating

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As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volkswagen T-Roc to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the T-Roc, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models45 mpgC42 – 48 mpgC – D
Diesel models54 mpgB49 – 60 mpgA – C
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models143 g/kmB133 – 186 g/kmA – C
Diesel models130 g/kmA122 – 153 g/kmA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models21A10 – 27A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£166A
Year 2£462A
Year 3£763A
Year 4£1,004A
Year 5£1,352A
Overall£3,747A

The Volkswagen T-Roc has a running cost report that’s mostly good. Insurance and road tax should be very cheap, as should scheduled servicing costs for the first five years.

However, fuel consumption – the biggest running cost – is not as good as you’d expect for this size of car. A score of ‘C’ for petrol versions is average, while diesel versions are good. But other small SUVs are better.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen T-Roc has received

2023

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV for Comfort

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