Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.2 - 7.1 mpp
Diesel engines 4.0 - 7.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 31.7 - 53.3 mpg
Diesel engines 32.1 - 60.1 mpg
  • Diesels most economical
  • No electric or plug-in hybrids
  • Holds its value well

What are the running costs

With no electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions on sale, the most fuel-efficient T-Rocs are powered by diesel. There are two 2.0-litre diesel engines on offer, and the less powerful 115hp option will return an impressive 60.2mpg on the official economy test. That said, the more powerful 150hp option is not far behind.

Petrol options are similarly limited, but both offer decent fuel consumption figures. The basic 110hp 1.0-litre engine is the more economical of the two, hitting 47mpg on the official test. But the 1.5-litre, 150hp engine is only slightly thirstier, thanks in part to its cylinder deactivation tech that shuts down two of the four cylinders when the car is coasting.

The 1.0-litre petrol and the 115hp diesel engines are both offered solely with six-speed manual gearboxes, which partly accounts for their efficiency, but the 150hp engines can be specified with a seven-speed automatic. Do that, however, and the fuel economy will drop slightly – although some customers will see a drop of around 1mpg as a fair trade for the added convenience.

Servicing and warranty

Volkswagen servicing is generally pretty reasonable compared with high-end brands, but it can look a little pricey compared with the likes of Ford and Vauxhall. To help keep costs in check, VW offers a selection of fixed-price and flexible servicing packages.

Reliability

  • Many tried-and-tested parts
  • Rugged construction
  • Four official DVSA recalls so far

With the VW badge on the nose and so many parts lifted straight from other Volkswagen Group cars, we weren’t expecting many problems with the T-Roc. But we were disappointed to learn that so far it has been subjected to four official recalls by the DVSA vehicle inspectorate.

Two of these relate to failings in the early cars’ construction that needed remedying, one was about the electronic parking brake being unintentionally released, while the fourth was to do with some key safety instructions missing from the owners’ manual.

There have also been some issues with the 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine’s reliability, too, especially around a widely reported ‘kangarooing’ issue in first gear. In February 2019, a spokesperson for the company said: “Volkswagen is aware of reports from customers complaining that vehicles with the 1.5-litre TSI engine in conjunction with manual gearbox can be ‘jerky’ in the cold running phase. We are currently developing a solution to prevent these rare effects in the affected vehicles.”

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £520
Insurance group 10 - 34
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