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Volkswagen T-Roc SUV - Reliability & safety

The VW T-Roc uses familiar parts but the company’s reputation could be better

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Only time will tell if the Volkswagen T-Roc will prove to be as dependable as other models in the German manufacturer’s range, but judging by our experience and the results of other VW models in our Driver Power surveys, it’s pretty safe to assume that your T-Roc will be a reliable machine.

Volkswagen T-Roc reliability

While the Volkswagen T-Roc didn’t feature on our 2020 Driver Power list, the Tiguan and last-generation Golf did make an appearance. These use the same engines as the T-Roc, so it's possible to draw some parallels. The T-Roc’s closest relative, the Golf, came 50th place out of 75 cars, which is an impressive score considering it was about to be replaced. In our manufacturer list, VW came 19th out of 30 brands, with 20% of buyers reporting a fault in the first year of ownership.


A five-star crash safety rating from independent expert body Euro NCAP provides buyers with reassurance that the T-Roc will look after its occupants should the worst happen. However, a generous list of crash-avoidance technologies should minimise the likelihood of an impact.

All models have 'front assist' - VW-speak for autonomous emergency braking, as well as adaptive cruise control to maintain a set distance from the car in front, while city emergency brake assist will bring the car to a safe standstill in urban traffic when necessary. Lane assist is also a feature, helping to ease a driver's workload, particularly when in fast moving traffic.

Naturally, mandatory features such as anti-lock brakes and traction control are fitted, as is a warning sound if any doors are left ajar when you begin your journey.

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