Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet (2020) | Expert Rating

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Summary


The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is the two-door soft-top version of the regular T-Roc SUV that arrived on UK roads in Summer 2020 – nearly three years after the standard T-Roc model.

As a convertible SUV, the T-Roc Cabriolet is essentially in a market segment of one – it’s only really directly comparable to the more upmarket Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which Land Rover ditched in 2018 when the original Evoque ended production.

In the current marketplace, its closest competitors are more conventional soft-top models like the Mini Convertible. It’s also effectively (but not very effectively) a replacement for the long-dead Golf Cabriolet in the Volkswagen line-up

The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet line-up consists of two trim levels, with only petrol engines available. While What Car? declares these engines to be both “punchy” and “economical”, Parkers argues that the lack of diesel engine options is a misstep.

The Cabriolet’s boot is markedly smaller than the standard SUV, and Volkswagen has had to make this convertible version heavier in an effort to reinforce the body structure with the hard-top roof missing – a body structure that Which? still calls “somewhat compromised”.

Which? adds that the folding fabric roof, which takes 11 seconds to raise, “simply doesn’t work very well”, and that the rear seats are more cramped than the regular T-Roc, in order to make room for the roof mechanism.

While some reviewers clearly dislike the T-Roc Cabriolet – Autocar asserts that the convertible SUV has “tepid performance” and is a “clunky ride” – many outlets conceed that it will appeal to customers who are intrigued by the idea of a raised ride height and wind-in-the-hair driving in one reasonably affordable package, regardless of its flaws.

As Top Gear concludes, “It doesn’t create a new must-have niche, or take itself too seriously, and neither should you.”

As of April 2022, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet holds an Expert Rating of 52% based on 15 British reviews, making it the lowest-scoring Volkswagen model in our Expert Rating Index by a considerable margin.

T-Roc Cabriolet highlights

  • Peppy but economical engines
  • Plenty of equipment as standard
  • Decent practicality by cabriolet standards
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Wind-in-the-hair driving

T-Roc Cabriolet lowlights

  • Only seats four
  • Not much boot space
  • Interior is cheap and cramped in places
  • Only petrol-powered models available
  • More conventional convertibles are more fun

Key specifications


Body style: Compact convertible SUV
Engines: petrol
Price: From £31,495 on-road

Launched: Summer 2020
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA



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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of April 2022, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

The hard-top Volkswagen T-Roc was awarded a full five-star crash test rating back in 2017, but this rating does not include the T-Roc Cabriolet, as this drop top version has been structurally altered as a result of taking the roof off.

This means the the T-Roc Cabriolet is heavier than the standard model, and while it has the same safety features, we cannot say that it would have the same crash test results.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of April 2022, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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