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Volkswagen T-Roc review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Latest VW petrol and diesel engines are strong all-rounders offering refinement, performance and decent real-world economy

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£28,300 to £45,320
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The T-Roc’s WLTP scores are interesting when comparing petrol and diesel side-by-side. At the entry point to the range, the 1.0 TSI 110PS engine manages a best combined economy figure of 47.4mpg, with the 1.5 TSI Evo with cylinder deactivation a fraction behind on 47.1mpg. Add the DSG auto and this reduces slightly to 46.3mpg, which is still better than the 187bhp 2.0 TSI 4Motion petrol, which returns a maximum of 38.2mpg. Finally, the 296bhp T-Roc R manages 32.8mpg.

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In comparison, the 114bhp TDI returns 60.1mpg, while the 148bhp TDI manages 58.9mpg. Adding a DSG auto has a marginally negative impact, with a figure of 57.7mpg and the four-wheel drive 4MOTION diesel returns 51.4mpg. 

CO2 emissions range from 135g/km to 196g/km, with the range-topping R model emitting the most. 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

Insurance groups range from 15 for the 1.0 TSI Life to group 33 for the high-performance R model. The 113bhp 2.0-litre diesel Life version is in group 18, with the top-spec 148bhp R-Line oil burner in group 22.

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Depreciation

The combination of being a small SUV and VW means the T-Roc is a pretty good performer for depreciation. Buy either a 108bhp 1.0-litre or 148bhp 1.5-litre model (in Life or Style trim) and you can expect to get around 55 to 59 per cent of your cash back when you sell after three years and 36,000 miles of motoring. The rest of the range is a little behind on 50-53 per cent, with the performance R model on 55 per cent.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 115 Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,230

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 115 Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,230

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 115 Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,230
Senior news reporter

A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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