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Volkswagen T-Roc SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Volkswagen T-Roc is a frugal SUV, as long as you avoid the 2.0-litre petrol

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.0 out of 5

​Volkswagen wants the T-Roc to have mass-market appeal, and as such you can choose from a broad range of petrol and diesel engines. The latter will mainly appeal to those who cover a high annual mileage, while the smallest petrols are just the job for those who make lots of short urban journeys - although they're capable of much more.

Volkswagen T-Roc MPG & CO2

The entry-level 1.0-litre TSI could well turn out to be the best choice for those looking for low running costs from a petrol engine. It returns up to 47.1mpg, which is a good figure for such a small engine in a relatively large car. CO2 emissions from 136g/km mean it’s the lowest-emitting petrol engine in the range, and the best choice for company-car drivers - although the option of a plug-in hybrid would be welcome as it would slash Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.

Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre 'TSI EVO' petrol engine is larger and more powerful, but it shouldn’t be much more costly to run. Official fuel economy is barely any worse at up to 44.8mpg, with emissions from 144g/km, partly due to the engine’s ability to run on half its cylinders when full power isn't required. Trim level specifications and the optional automatic gearbox can affect these figures though; the automatic offers up to 43.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 147-156g/km.

The top-spec 2.0-litre TSI petrol T-Roc only comes with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, making it relatively uneconomical and therefore hard to recommend. As such, performance is the best of the three petrol models, but CO2 emissions are very high and fuel consumption drops to 40.9mpg (or less, depending on the trim level) and CO2 emissions of up to 188g/km. That’s barely better than the 32.5mpg and 199g/km you can expect from the T-Roc R with almost double the power.

Top-end models can end up costing more than £40,000 if you tick enough boxes on the options list, in which case you’ll have to pay an additional VED (tax) surcharge in years two to six of ownership, on top of the standard annual bill (after the CO2-weighted first year payment that’s rolled into the car’s price).

There are two diesel engines; a 113bhp 2.0-litre that replaces the old 1.6-litre TDI and can achieve up to 60.1mpg, and a 148bhp 2.0-litre unit that returns up to 53.3mpg while emitting 140g/km, although the optional automatic gearbox knocks a couple of MPG off. All-wheel drive is no longer offered on the 2.0-litre diesel.

Insurance group

The Volkswagen T-Roc starts in insurance group 10 for a 1.0-litre TSI petrol in S trim, increasing to group 17 for a 1.5-litre TSI SE. Unsurprisingly, the 2.0-litre petrol in R-Line trim is most costly to insure, sitting in group 25 out of 50.

Warranty

All Volkswagen T-Roc models come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, a three-year paintwork warranty and a 12-year body protection warranty for great peace of mind. Volkswagen (and most of its rivals) can’t match the seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty of its Kia Sportage rival, however.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers a number of service plans to suit your car’s annual mileage. A four-year/75,000-mile plan costs around £250, while a five-year/90,000-mile plan costs around £550. The first oil and filter change is recommended at 10,000 miles or 12 months.

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