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Volkswagen T-Roc review

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9
” VW T-Roc is a solid choice in the compact crossover crowd “

At a glance

Price new £27,560 - £39,980
Used prices £11,064 - £30,995
Road tax cost £180
Insurance group 10 - 27
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Fuel economy 32.1 - 60.1 mpg
Range 594 - 704 miles
Miles per pound 4.1 - 7.8
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons

  • Funky styling
  • Low running costs
  • Decent driving experience
  • Disappointing interior plastics
  • Firm ride on bigger wheels
  • No electric or hybrid options

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 5 October 2022 Updated: 5 October 2022


The T-Roc is one of Volkswagen’s most popular cars having sold more than a million worldwide since launch in 2017, but now that the brand offers a total of nine SUVs to choose from, its appeal has been diluted a little. No longer the newest and shiniest product on the fleet, the company treated the Volkswagen T-Roc to a mid-life facelift in 2022 to endow it with more kerbside appeal.

It sits between the stylish Taigo and the practical Tiguan in size – and while it can be difficult to decipher the difference between VW’s crossovers these days, the T-Roc’s combination of smart looks, a spacious interior, easy-to-drive character and lots of customisation means it’s still a strong seller.

Our Volkswagen T-Roc review compares it to the competition, which includes such talented cars as the Skoda Kamiq, Peugeot 2008 and our 2021 Car of the Year, the Ford Puma.

The facelift hasn’t changed too much about the exterior, which remains fetching and fashionable to look at. But it does improve the T-Roc’s interior, replacing many of the previous car’s hard, scratchy plastics with soft-touch surfaces, as well as upgrading the infotainment screen to Volkswagen’s latest unit for improved navigation, audio and connectivity functions.

VW sells the T-Roc in many different varieties, from sensible petrol and diesel SUVs right up to the flagship high-performance T-Roc R. You can even buy a VW T-Roc Convertible, which we’ve reviewed separately. Hybrid engines are still conspicuously missing from the range, though – and nor is there a fully electric model available.

Over the next few pages of our T-Roc review, we’ll thoroughly test all aspects of the Volkswagen T-Roc range and rate it in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.