This is the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, and yes, you did read that right – a convertible version of the T-Roc, Volkswagen’s small SUV rival to the Nissan Juke and all the other supermini-based crossovers.
If you’re still feeling a little suspicious about the rise and rise of the SUV, this might sound like opportunism at best and complete poppycock at worst. But there is method to Volkswagen’s madness. After all, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, a similar but slightly more upmarket idea, sold like hot cakes – for the limited time it was available.
Taking a popular family car and chopping off its roof is not a new idea. In fact, Volkswagen has a long history of doing it, first with the Beetle, and later with the Golf. Indeed, there’s an argument for this T-Roc being the natural successor to the Golf Cabriolet; in those terms, perhaps it doesn’t seem quite so outlandish an idea.
Whether you like it as a concept or not is neither here nor there, really, because Volkswagen’s made it – so it’s time for us to try and establish whether it’s a good car or not. Read on to find out what we’ve discovered – don’t forget to register or login to find out our decisive verdict on the new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet.
Pros: Reasonably practical, comfortable ride, quiet at speed.
Cons: Cheap-feeling interior, not very exciting to drive, expensive.
What’s under the skin?
Only two engines are available in the convertible version of the T-Roc; a 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre, both petrol turbos, and the latter is available with a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox as an optional extra; both get a six-speed manual as standard, and there’s no four-wheel-drive option.