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VW T-Roc Australia, Review, For Sale, Interior, Colours & News

The first generation of Volkswagen’s small SUV, the T-Roc, was launched in a staggered fashion in Australia. First off, in mid 2020, the Golf-based small crossover SUV was sold in a high-spec all-wheel drive model only, before the entry grade version arrived here later that year.

The VW T-Roc is a five-door, five-seat small SUV, and squeezes into the space between the smaller T-Cross and larger Tiguan models.

It’s a smartly sized player in the segment, offering city friendly dimensions and packaging smarts that make it a viable family option - provided you don’t choose the AWD model, which has a smaller boot.

Being a Volkswagen product it plays in the semi-premium space on price, and accordingly is a little more expensive than some rivals. But it comes as standard with extensive safety technology including auto emergency braking, lane assist and park assist.The opens the range, starting at $35,990, while the top spec rounds out the T-Roc pricing at $63,490.

Volkswagen T-Roc Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Volkswagen T-Roc varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $35,990 and going to $63,490 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 SUV 1.4L, —, 8 SP AUTO $35,990 $63,490
2022 SUV 1.4L, —, 8 SP $31,350 $66,110
2021 SUV 1.4L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $30,030 $45,870
2020 SUV 1.4L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $29,260 $44,440
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Volkswagen T-Roc Interior

The inside is modern with smart gloss black detailing and chrome accents. There's enough space for the front passenger to be comfortable when a rear a rear-facing child seat is installed. Plus the back seats are designed so that you can have two school-aged children (or adults) sit comfortably for long trips plus they have their own cup holders, adjustable air conditioning vents, reading lights and two USB-C points

Volkswagen T-Roc Interior

Volkswagen T-Roc Colours

Pure White; Indium Grey Metallic (+$650); Kings Red Premium Metallic (+$900); Lapiz Blue Premium Metallic (+$900); Pyrite Silver Metallic (+$650); Deep Black Pearl Effect (+$650).

  • Pure White
  • Indium Grey Metallic
  • Kings Red Premium Metallic
  • Lapiz Blue Premium Metallic
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl Effect
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Volkswagen T-Roc Dimensions

The dimensions of the Volkswagen T-Roc SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 SUV 1599x1819x4251 mm 155 mm
2022 SUV 1573x1819x4234 mm 161 mm
2021 SUV 1573x1819x4234 mm 161 mm
2020 SUV 1573x1819x4234 mm 161 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen T-Roc Dimensions

Volkswagen T-Roc Boot Space

The boot space is 392 litres and with the back folded down you get 1237 litres which is a little small for this class, but you can get the front wheel drive base model with a bigger boot. It also has a few different types of luggage/cargo hooks plus a space-saver spare.

Volkswagen T-Roc Boot space

Volkswagen T-Roc Accessories

The T-Roc has a 10.25 inch display screen, it's easy to use and comes with loads of other tech including bluetooth, digital audio, sat nav plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that’s very easy to set up.  There's digital radio, a wireless charging pad plus a digital instrument cluster with multiple display modes.

Volkswagen T-Roc Accessories

Volkswagen T-Roc Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen T-Roc here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should I buy a 2021 Hyundai Kona or 2021 VW T-Roc?

    Volkswagen’s latest cars are lovely to drive but it’s true; many mechanics (and plenty of owners) are wary of the brand’s recent reputation for reliability. But if you’re buying a brand-new or nearly new example, then the factory warranty will be some peace of mind. The safest bet right now, is something Japanese or South Korean, and that includes the Hyundai you’re looking at as well as the equivalent offerings from Kia. Both these brands have enviable reputations for durability and both come with terrific factory warranties.

    Volkswagen’s current high-tech turbocharged engines are very entertaining to drive as well as being frugal in all situations, but, in reality, any current model mid-sized SUV is more than capable of delivering you interstate in comfort and safety as well as offering low running costs. Bear in mind you may have to pay extra for the top-shelf model if you want all the latest safety and convenience technology.

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  • What small all-wheel drive hatchback should I buy?

    Small all-wheel drive hatchbacks are rare in Australia, as only a comparatively tiny number of people live in the sort of environments that require the added traction and surety that AWD provides.

    Also, most Australian consumers seeking AWD tend to go for smaller SUVs, since they are easier to get in and out of, offer a higher seating position and generally enjoy better resale values. On the flipside, SUVs cost more to buy and run, are not as stable at increased speeds due to their higher centre of gravity and are larger to manoeuvre in tighter parking spots than a small hatchback.

    The Subaru Impreza remains the least expensive small AWD hatchback you can buy new, as well as the sole mainstream-branded model starting at under $30,000.

    However, while the latest-generation Impreza launched in 2016 it's a huge improvement over previous iterations (with service intervals finally extended  to 12 months/12,500km), there are a few more compelling alternatives in small crossovers – that is, the in-between segment between small cars and SUVs; they boast a few extra centimetres of ground clearance without the bulk. Note only a few crossovers offer AWD as an option.

    A recent stint in the new Impreza-derived XV 2.0L Hybrid revealed it to be a powerful and economical crossover with excellent handling and road-holding capabilities. The same applies to the Mazda3-based CX-30 AWD, the Toyota C-HR 1.2L-turbo AWD and Volkswagen T-Roc 140TSI 4Motion - though none are as frugal as the Subaru.

    If you're not sold on the idea of an crossover AWD and prefer a small AWD hatchback, then your only other option is to stretch to premium European hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz A250 4Matic, BMW M135i xDrive, Audi A3 quattro and Volkswagen Golf R. But all generally cost upwards of $60,000 drive-away - and that's before some of the more desirable options fitted.

    Finally, unless you are travelling hundreds of kilometres ever week, there is probably no benefit choosing diesel over petrol, as the former fuel is dirtier for the environment and not as quiet and refined as the latter. Additionally, diesels are falling out of favour with buyers due to their harmful emissions, and most companies are switching to petrol/electric hybrids as a solution. Again, this means the Subaru XV Hybrid AWD.

    A long response we know, Jan, but we hope this helps.

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  • What car should I replace my 2011 Hyundai i20 with?

    You’ve layed out some challenging requirements here. You’d like a small SUV with a bit of ride comfort and clearly a bit of performance too, given your question about the i30 N.
    I think you’ll find the ride harsh on the i30 N, especially since you found the ride on the Kona harsh already. Keep in mind the i30 N is a hot hatch and has the suspension to match.
    I find the Subaru XV has very nice ride comfort for the small SUV segment, but I also feel that you will be disappointed with the performance from its 2.0-litre engine. You may also want to consider the new Hybrid Toyota C-HR. The Hybrid drive gives it a smidge of extra kick and it’s a fuel consumption hero, too.
    For a better blend of performance and ride, really only the Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq are going to excel in the small SUV crowd. In terms of ownership both now have five year warranties, and you can (and should) pre-package five years of servicing on top at a discount.

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Volkswagen T-Roc Towing Capacity

The Volkswagen T-Roc has maximum towing capacity of 1700kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 SUV 1500kg 1700kg
2022 SUV 1500kg 1700kg
2021 SUV 1700kg 1700kg
2020 SUV 1700kg 1700kg
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Volkswagen T-Roc Fuel Consumption

The Volkswagen T-Roc is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by — and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.3L/100km for SUV /— for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.4L 8 SP AUTO
2023 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.4L PULP 8 SP
2022 SUV 6.2L/100km 1.4L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.4L 8 SP
2021 SUV 6.2L/100km 1.4L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 6.2L/100km 1.4L PULP 8 SP AUTO
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Volkswagen T-Roc Seats

The T-Roc seats five and is quite spacious for a small SUV. The driver and passenger have a decent amount of room and it's comfortable for two adults in the back. The front two seats are heated and both have lumbar support.

Volkswagen T-Roc Seats

Volkswagen T-Roc Wheel Size

The Volkswagen T-Roc has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x55 R17 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 215x55 R17 215x55 R17
2022 SUV 215x50 R18 215x50 R18
2021 SUV 215x50 R18 215x50 R18
2020 SUV 215x50 R18 215x50 R18
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen T-Roc Wheel Sizes

Volkswagen T-Roc Speed

Volkswagen says the T-Roc can go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 7.2 seconds.