Volkswagen’s T-Roc Looks To Rock The Compact Crossover Market

Following a lengthy teaser campaign, Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new T-Roc.

Designed to slot beneath the Tiguan, the T-Roc will become the brand’s entry-level crossover and it has been designed to appeal to everyone from millennials to empty nesters.

On the styling front, the T-Roc adopts a sporty appearance as the model has been equipped with a wide grille, slender headlights, and distinctive LED daytime running lights. Customers will also find muscular wheel arches, plastic body cladding, and chrome trim which runs all the way from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

Out back, the T-Roc has a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a steeply raked rear window, and a sporty rear bumper. Volkswagen also notes the model is the company’s first crossover to be offered with two-tone paint that applies a contrasting finish to the roof, mirrors, and A-pillars.

The five-seat interior has a number of high-tech features including a digital instrument cluster and a Composition Color infotainment system. Drivers will also find a three-spoke steering wheel, familiar switchgear, and spacious cargo compartment which can hold up to 1,290 liters (45.5 cubic feet) of luggage. A variety of different options will be available including colored trim and sport comfort seats.

On the safety front, all T-Rocs will come standard with Automatic Post-Collision Braking, City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist, and Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring. Optional systems include Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist – just to name a few.

Under the hood, a variety of different turbocharged engines will be available. Choices include three petrol units and three diesel options. They can be paired to either a manual or seven-speed DSG transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive will be optional.

The T-Roc will be launched in November and German pricing will start at around €20,000.


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  • EddyCj

    First I thought that the Fiat Tipo got an “SUV” version…

  • OdysseyTag

    This came out better than I expected. It works better as a T-Roc than it does a Q2 for starters and the two tone colourway livens up the cabin. Looking forward to seeing one in the flesh.

    • supermanuel

      Agreed. I’m not a VW fan to be honest but this looks a lot more appealing than I thought it would. A hell of a lot better than the crappy Q2 and the too-wide Tiguan.

      • DM

        I agree on this being prettier than the Q2, but I think the new Tiguan is stunning, especially in its sportier R line trim.

      • DM

        I agree on this being prettier than the Q2, but I think the new Tiguan is stunning, especially in its sportier R line trim.

    • Gyoz

      Best attempt by VW in the recent years. I hope they will go for this road with the other lineup.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Yet another suv with barely a difference to anything else on the market.

    • Kenneth

      Compared to the subcompact Toyota C-HR or Honda HR-V? The ungainly Juke? I don’t see any odd angles or proportions here, just a straightforward, handsome design with just enough surface detail added.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        And nothing like the rest of the VAG of cars.

        • alexxx

          And that’s a good thing….

    • Six Thousand Times

      Agreed for the most part.

    • Tumbi Mtika


  • Ruel Lewis

    What is with VAG and fake exhausts??

    • notthistimecobber

      It's not unique to vw

      • Tumbi Mtika

        But they are most notable.

        • notthistimecobber

          MB used it well before vw

          • Tumbi Mtika


  • Matthijs

    Looks typical VW but with a few nice details. I kinda like it. Not a big fan of the rearbumper and the interior though

  • TrevP

    6 speed option would be fun to have in the US if they ever bring it here.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I’d love to throw this thing around with AWD and a manual.

  • Felipe Politano

    Looks like a more distinctive Audi Q2. It seems like VW has been upping their design game since the Arteon, while Audi has been playing too safe…

    • Matt

      The Q2 isn’t distinctive?

      • supermanuel

        That’s right. It isn’t.

  • Joel Serpico

    Is a tiguan coupe?? Or a polo suv??

  • Adi

    VW took a bit of insiration from Lynk & Co while designing the D pillar

  • Karl

    Very nicely done! This along with the Hyundai Kona are welcome additions to the ever growing sub compact CUV’s. I predict a runaway sales success for both,very nice indeed.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Good to see VW has rediscovered the sloping backlight.

  • Sébastien
  • Mark S

    I actually quite like it, the T-Roc shows a little personality instead of the calculated coldness found in most modern VW’s. I can see this being a big hit in the USA if they bring it, price it, option it and power it right. This is pretty much what a modern bug should be in the modern world of CUV’s or is it a Golf Outback? Either way it should fit right in if competitive and reliable. Automakers need to loose that awful Vitamin Pee Yellow/ green though.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Looks good, in the way a better Q2 would anyways…

    I like it.

    edit: Come on VW! We all know there’s nothing coming out of those! Try harder.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It’s a simple, yet functional design.

  • watch this fly off the floor room..

  • sidewaysspin

    They could’ve made an effort for it to look different from a Q2.

  • klowik

    This must be the top model showing here. what about the base model without the LED headlights? must look crap like the base Tiguan!!

  • Naturally, not coming to the US…the #1 SUV market in the world…

  • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I prefer the VW SportWagen 4Motion. It has more space, and is more practical than the T-Roc.



  • Sybill Julian

    I like the body style but the front fascia looks generic

  • TheHake

    This is DEFINITELY my next car! Love it!

  • DMJ

    My favorite VW! And looks miles better than that weird Audi Q2.

  • 31/12/2999

    Beautiful in all its essence.

  • 31/12/2999

    Simply an artwork

  • Rick Maverick

    Ready to t-rock the segment? Funny. What took FraudeWagen so long? Too busy concocting how to throw away $25 bn?Segment leader Renault Captur already hit the streets 5 years ago.

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