Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Simple engine line-up
  • Two petrols to choose from
  • We like the automatic the best

A choice of just two petrol powerplants completes a pleasing uncomplicated range line-up: a three-cylinder, 1.0 litre, 115hp/200Nm engine or a four-cylinder, 1.5 litre 150hp/250Nm unit.

The smaller unit takes 11.7 seconds to go from 0-62mph, while the more powerful completes the same sprint in 9.6 seconds.

Both are mated, as standard to 6-speed manual gearboxes, and, as in the car we drove, an optional 7-speed DSG gearbox is available with the larger engine.

2020 VW T-Roc Cabriolet engine

Good combination, that. Despite predictions that the three-pot unit married to a manual transmission will hog the lion's share of sales, the extra power of the larger engine is essential to get the gently porky cabriolet moving with any vim.

Also, does anybody really want to bother with changing gear when you're just ambling about in the sun? Especially when ambling is what this Cabriolet does best. It's a shame the 1.0 litre engine isn't available with the automatic transmission.

Handling

  • We've only driven the sportier R Line so far
  • Not the most precise tool in the drawer
  • Much more satisfying to drive slowly

Part of the R Line package is a toughened, lowered suspension set up - the last thing this Cabriolet needs. It may contain body roll a dash more adroitly than the standard springing, but, thanks to all that flex and shake, there really isn't enough precision to the handling to make you want to even contemplate throwing the car into corners.

The Cabriolet's fairground leaning in the ride department also make something of a mockery of the Dynamic Chassis Control which made up some of the eight grand's worth of extras attached to the car we drove.

2020 VW T-Roc Cabriolet cornering

All of which serve to convince us that more power and a tougher ride are the last things you should wish for in a roofless T-Roc. Made - shudders aside - with VW's usual painstaking attention to detail, the Cabriolet's a perfectly fine place to be on a sunny afternoon, as long as you're not in a hurry.