Volkswagen T-Roc review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Latest VW engines are strong all-rounders offering refinement, performance and decent running costs
The T-Roc has now been tested under the latest WLTP test regime, and the results are interesting when comparing petrol and diesel side-by-side. At the entry point to the range, the 1.0 TSI 115PS engine manages a best combined economy figure of 48.7mpg, while the 1.5 TSI Evo with cylinder deactivation has a claimed best of 44.8mpg. Add the DSG auto and this reduces slightly to 43.5mpg, which is still better than the 2.0 TSI 4MOTION 190PS petrol, which returns a maximum of 40.9mpg. The range-topping R model manages a 34.0mpg.
In comparison, the 1.6 TDI now returns 54.3mpg - only 5.6mpg better than the 1.0 TSI petrol - while the 2.0 TDI manages 53.3mpg. Again, adding a DSG auto has a negative impact, with a figure of 51.4mpg.
Emissions range from 133g/km to 199g/km for the 296bhp R version. Fitting bigger wheels to any model has an impact on fuel economy and emissions, so it's worth checking exact emissions figures if you're looking at a T-Roc as a company car.
Insurance groups range from 11 for the 1.0 TSI S to 23 for the 190PS 2.0 TSI petrol, with the diesel models somewhere in between. These figures are actually on a par with the Golf, and also similar to the Audi Q2. The Cabriolet starts at group 14 for the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre Design version, moving to group 21 for the higher-spec 1.5-litre R-Line variant.
The combination of being a small SUV and VW means the T-Roc is a pretty good performer for depreciation. Buy one, and expect to get around 45-50% of your cash back when you sell after three years. That's very slightly ahead of the Audi Q2, but not quite as good as a MINI Countryman. The T-Roc Cabriolet also retains a good chunk of its value over the same period - around 45%.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe T-Roc Golf-based SUV is fun to drive, great to look at and family friendly – but cabin quality is most un-VW-like
- 2Engines, performance and driveEngine choice is broad, while the T-Roc provides a spirited drive without being uncomfortable. It’s an ideal, fun, urban runaround
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingLatest VW engines are strong all-rounders offering refinement, performance and decent running costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyStylish inside and out with plenty of hi-tech options, but there are some cheap plastics considering the price
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt's Golf-sized on the outside, but the T-Roc offers more space inside. It’s comfortable, too, in spite of the sporty drive
- 6Reliability and SafetyStrong safety is one of the big benefits of using the VW group’s MQB platform – there’s plenty of active tech and even more on the options list