Volkswagen SUV solid as a rock

31 August 2018

VOLKSWAGEN is adding a new turbodiesel engine option to its T-Roc compact SUV as the company continues to expand the range.

When the T-Roc arrived here at the beginning of this year, just two petrol engines were on offer. With the arrival of the latest engine option, the range now comprises three petrol and two diesel engines.

The new 1.6-litre TDI is available with a six-speed gearbox and has a peak power figure of 115 PS. Torque tops out at 250 Nm. The engine has achieved an emissions figure of 115 g/km. In the T-Roc, this 1.6-litre TDI is offered with front-wheel drive while the existing, more powerful 2.0-litre TDI is currently available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive. That motor has a peak power figure of 150 PS and generates up to 340 Nm of torque.

The petrol line-up begins with a 1.0-litre TSI unit producing 115 PS. Above it Volkswagen’s new 1.5-litre EVO engine, which features cylinder shut-down when the engine is under light load, is available for the T-Roc SE trim and above. The engine has an output of 150 PS and is available with a choice of seven-speed DSG or a six-speed manual gearbox.

With an output of 190 PS, the 2.0-litre TSI is the most powerful engine in the T-Roc range. Available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox, the 190 PS unit gives the car a top speed of 134 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds, with 40mpg economy.

As well as the five engine options, the T-Roc is available in five trim levels. Starting with the T-Roc S, which costs from £18,955, the range climbs through the SE, Design, SEL and on to the T-Roc R-Line with sportier styling and prices of up to £27,000.

Each T-Roc comes with an eight-inch colour touchscreen and Volkswagen’s Composition Media infotainment system. This allows simultaneous pairing of two compatible mobile devices and includes a CD player and DAB radio.

Also standard on all T-Rocs is Front Assist, which uses radar to scan the area in front of the car and will automatically apply the brakes in an emergency. This contributes to the T-Roc’s five-star maximum Euro NCAP safety rating. Halogen clear headlights with separate LED daytime running lights also feature, as does 2-Zone electronic climate control and electrically-heated and adjustable door mirrors.

T-Roc SE adds Adaptive Cruise Control, among a variety of other features. Focusing on personalisation, T-Roc Design has contrasting roof colour options, plus coloured dash pads and interior door panels, and T-Roc SEL adds satellite navigation and Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’, which gives online access to a range of features such as car parking availability and fuel prices. T-Roc R-Line models include 19-inch Suzuka alloy wheels and other sporty styling additions.

Next year Volkswagen will introduce the T-Cross SUV, which fits into the range below the T-Roc.