Volkswagen T-Roc goes on sale

Volkswagen expanded their SUV range with the launch of the midsized T-Roc

Reuben Van Niekerk
Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen has added a fifth model to the brand’s SUV range in South Africa, the T-Roc. The SUV range now consists of the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg. The SUV market in South Africa is growing rapidly and from 2015 to 2019, it increased by 44% and experts predict that the compact SUV segment worldwide will almost double in size over the next decade.

The T-Roc that slots into the line-up between the T-Cross and Tiguan offers maximum personalisation, innovative digitalisation, perfect connectivity, class-leading driver assistance systems, dynamic engines and a modern and expressive design.  Volkswagen admits that there is now some overlap within their range but believes that the T-Roc appeals to a unique type of customer. This model offers ample loading space, a command driving position, added ground clearance and the convenient ingress that comes with an SUV while both models feature powerful engines. The T-Roc will be available in the following derivatives; 1.4 TSI 110kW Design, 2.0 TSI 140kW 4Motion DSG Design and 2.0 TSI 140kW 4Motion DSG R-Line.


Hey good looking

At the front is a wide radiator grille with integrated dual headlights and the repositioned light signature. The lines of the silhouette are characterised by a particularly striking chrome element that runs from the A-pillars across the complete side roof line and into the C-pillar and is reminiscent of a coupe. The off-road look is enhanced by all-round, dark plastic trim. While the rear bumper styling is just as distinctive as the front, with the design aimed to frame the rear lid and in turn, give the T-Roc a sportier look. The T-Roc is also one of the first Volkswagen models to display the new Volkswagen logo in South Africa.

The T-Roc is also the first Volkswagen SUV that will be available to order in two-tone paintwork with a visually contrasting roof section. On the Design derivatives, there is a choice of a pure white, red or black roof and there are more than 20 colour combinations per line. The Design derivatives come standard with 17-inch Mayfield alloy wheels and there are two options of an 18-inch Montego alloy wheel or an 18-inch Grange Hill alloy wheel. The R-Line derivative is fitted as standard with the 19-inch Suzuka alloy wheel.


Inside Story

The interior has been adapted to match the exterior design with a robust SUV feel and modern treatment of surfaces. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the specific infotainment system creates a new, digital and interactive cockpit. The T-Roc will come standard with the Composition Media radio, which includes App-Connect.

The Discover Media system takes this one step further by offering wireless App-Connect while inductive charging is standard on the R-Line. The instrument cluster can be fully digitalised with the optional Active Info Display digital cluster. When all five seats are occupied, luggage space is 445 litres, with the rear seats folded down this is expanded to 1290 litres.


Keeping occupants safe

In the T-Roc, passive safety features include ESC, Park Distance Control, LED headlights, Light and Vision Package, Blind Spot Monitor and Fatigue Detection. Further IQ Drive technologies that are available include Park Assist, Emergency Assist, Front Assist, Traffic jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist.


Under the bonnet

The new T-Roc can be ordered with a choice of two efficient petrol engines at launch. The 1.4 TSI boasts 110kW and 250Nm and is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox that allows it to sprint to 100km/h in 8,4 seconds and Volkswagen claim that it will use just 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres. While the 2.0-litre TSI offers 140kW and 320Nm and will take just 7.2 seconds to reach 100km/h. It is paired with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as well as 4Motion four-wheel drive. This model is said to use just 8,3 litres per 100km.


What is it like to drive?

Based on the MQB platform the T-Roc offers Golf-like levels of ride comfort and Volkswagen believes that many previous Golf drivers might move into this model as opposed to the Golf 8, which will be launched in 2021. Dynamically the T-Roc is devoid of the drawbacks of an SUV and will keep those that prefer traditional hatchback dynamics happy.

The vehicle is comfortable and power delivery is adequate and seamless thanks to well-matched engine and gearbox combinations. The T-Roc is well specced in terms of equipment and features and the options list is ready to fulfil any specific needs that might not be catered for.



There is no doubt that the T-Roc is going to be a great success. It offers customers looking to move into an SUV another alternative that is extremely premium in design and finish and is paired to well-performing frugal engines. It offers many of the benefits of an SUV without any of the drawbacks of an SUV.



 T-Roc 1.4 TSI 110kW Tiptronic Design                                R489 400

T-Roc 2.0 TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® Design                R548 300

T-Roc 2.0 TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® R-Line                 R593 600