Volkswagen T-Roc convertible (2022): the SUV that gives away

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convertible suv
From €36,160
soft top

who would have believed it. Launch a convertible SUV in the midst of a crisis. That was the bet Volkswagen in 2020, what he did T Roc, the only recognizable one in its catalogue. We cannot speak of success because it is a market niche, but neither is it a failure because the Cabriolet T-Roct represents 10% of the total sales of the T-Roc range in France. The manufacturer, logically, decided to keep it and redesign it at the same time as the classic version.

Test - Volkswagen T-Roc convertible (2022): the SUV that gives away

Test – Volkswagen T-Roc convertible (2022): the SUV that gives away

Sold for €6,000 more, this convertible version stands out for its 4 seats, 3 doors and soft top. Aside from some body panels at the front, everything else is specific to this “Cab” whose more dynamic design shows no particular clumsiness. There’s a raised ground clearance, broad shoulders, and prominent features on the hood, doors, and trunk.

The T-Roc convertible, here in R-Line trim equipped with the TSi 150, is priced at €45,225.
The T-Roc convertible, here in R-Line trim equipped with the TSi 150, is priced at €45,225.
New shield and specific light signature for the new T-Roc.
New shield and specific light signature for the new T-Roc.

The restyling brings some aesthetic changes but very slight because in no way should a recipe that works be upset. The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned and a new L-shaped light signature has arrived. High finishes such as this R-Line version, invoiced at €45,225, benefit from a light strip that runs along the grill.

Volkswagen has improved the quality of the plastics and raised the technological content through the standard digital instrumentation, a steering wheel equipped with capacitive keys and a large-format raised multimedia screen.
Volkswagen has improved the quality of the plastics and raised the technological content through the standard digital instrumentation, a steering wheel equipped with capacitive keys and a large-format raised multimedia screen.

This convertible offers 4 real seats.  Note that rear legroom is limited.
This convertible offers 4 real seats. Note that rear legroom is limited.
The air conditioning block changes to touch, its operation did not seduce us.
The air conditioning block changes to touch, its operation did not seduce us.

On board, the changes are more important, because the passenger compartment and in particular its low-end plastics were not up to par. Volkswagen he revised his copy and coated the dashboard and door panels with plastic foam. This is much better. Volkswagen has also raised the multimedia screen to improve readability and has equipped all versions with digital instrumentation. This central touch screen is responsive and fully customizable, in the form of icons. It offers CarPlay and Android connectivity in wireless mode. An induction charger and two USB-C ports are present for charging. Finally, as in the rest of the range, the air conditioning controls are now tactile while the steering wheel controls become capacitive. In both cases, we are less fanatical.

Test - Volkswagen T-Roc convertible (2022): the SUV that gives away
Test - Volkswagen T-Roc convertible (2022): the SUV that gives away

The triple-thick canvas bonnet hides in less than 10 seconds up to 30 km/h.

The only convertible in the catalogue, the T-Roc is in a way a descendant of the Golf cabriolet. For this reason, it is committed to tradition with a triple-thick canvas bonnet that unfolds in less than 10 seconds up to 30 km/h. A rational choice that limits weight gain (+225 kg) and especially volume. If you can board 4 people in good condition, as long as they do not exceed 1.75 m, the German convertible will not be able to carry everyone’s luggage. The trunk has a reduced height but has the merit of being deep (280 litres).

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