Volkswagen T-Roc raises roof

11 December 2019

VOLKSWAGEN’S ambitious new convertible version of its T-Roc SUV goes into production this week and is expected to arrive in the UK next spring.

Likely to cost from about £25,000 it is basically a standard T-Roc SUV with a retractable canvas roof.

The concept is not entirely new, following on from the cabriolet version of Land Rover’s Evoque, but is a brave move in the light of the Evoque’s sales performance.

In order to accommodate the newcomer’s electrically-operated folding roof the three back seats become just two.

This enables the mechanism to be squeezed into the bodywork on either side of the seats, with the roof disappearing into the boot space.

Volkswagen believes that a convertible is ideally suited to the vagaries of the weather in the UK, which is traditionally a lucrative market for rag tops.

Unexpected downpours are catered for by a roof-up time of just nine seconds whilst travelling at speeds of up to 20mph.

The convertible version becomes bigger and heavier, whilst losing the rear doors in the process, plus a reduction in boot space down to just 285 litres.

The entry-level version uses Volkswagen’s one-litre three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.

There will also be a more powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine option plus a choice of manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions.

There will be Design and R-Line trim and equipment levels, with the former getting 17-inch wheels and some leather inside.

The R-Line version will boast bigger wheels, sports seats, lowered suspension and some blistered bodywork.

The convertible version of the T-Roc follows the introduction of the T-Cross, which costs from £17,000 with the aim of adding flexibility to the rapidly-expanding small SUV vehicle sector.

It slots between the standard T-Roc and the Polo, with which it shares its platform and is offered with a choice of four levels of trim and equipment.

This enables prices to rise to more than £25,000 for the most lavishly-equipped versions.

Entry level S trim cars get 16-inch alloy wheels, while they all come with electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear LED tail lights and automatic headlights.

SE versions have 17-inch wheels, black roof rails and front fog lights with a cornering function, a multifunction steering wheel, variable boot floor, adaptive cruise control, app connect and a driver alert system.

SEL versions have different wheels, tinted windows, LED headlights, silver roof rails, front sport seats and an ambient lighting package. There is also climate control and a Discover Navigation system, plus a driver-tiredness detection system and front and rear parking sensors.

The range-topping T-Cross R-Line models get larger 18-inch wheels,

sportier exterior and interior styling, plus Active Info Display.

Options include keyless entry, a high-spec sound system and various style packs.