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Entry-level Volkswagen T-Roc 110TSI Style joins burgeoning SUV range

By Tim Robson and Tom Fraser, 02 Jul 2020 Car News

Volkswagen T-Roc Australia 2020

Australia finally scores Volkswagen’s most popular SUV, now with a more affordable entry price

Volkswagen has expanded its T-Roc range to include an entry-level 110TSI variant, which conveniently fills a vacant spot in Volkswagen's wider SUV line-up. 

The new T-Roc 110TSI Style variant will cost $33,990 (before on-roads) and join the pre-existing 140TSI Sport, envisioned by VW to bridge the gap between the T-Cross Style and T-Roc Sport. This new T-Roc variant will replace the need for a four-cylinder version of the T-Cross which VW originally said was on the cards at the T-Cross launch. 

Based on the Golf platform, the 4230mm long T-Roc is 120mm longer than the Polo-based T-Cross and features a nicer overall specification level. 

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Packed into the T-Roc 110TSI is a 110kW/250Nm turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which drives the front wheels via an eight speed automatic transmission. As standard the new 110TSI Style also equips active cruise cruise control, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with folding mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels and a swathe of active safety measures. 

The T-Roc 140TSI Sport retails for $40,490 plus on-road costs. The list of standard kit is higher, with highlights such as a digital dash, 8.0-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, city AEB with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane guidance, rear cross-traffic alert, park assist, LED headlights, automatic wipers and leather-wrapped steering wheel all standard.

Volkswagen T-Roc 2020

It also scores the progressive steering rack from the Golf GTI, along with AWD, driver profile selection, 18-inch alloys and sports suspension.

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For the 140TSI Sport, options include a $2000 Sound and Style package that adds adaptive suspension, 19-inch alloys and a Beats stereo, while a $3500 Luxury Package nets the T-Roc owner a sunroof, Vienna leather upholstery and a powered tailgate. Similar Sound and Vision as well as Luxury packages (albeit contents slightly changed) are available on the entry level 110TSI and cost $2000 and $3800, respectively. 

A limited-edition run of 200 T-Roc X variants were available at launch, which celebrates Volkswagen’s 10-year partnership with the Sydney Swans AFL team.

Available in white with a red roof (top of page) or black with red highlights (below), the X is based on the 140TSI Sport and scores adaptive suspension, 19-inch rims, a powered tailgate and 300w audio system for an additional $2000.

Volkswagen T-Roc X 2020

Luggage capacity in the T-Roc is a generous 445 litres, but fold down the 60/40 split rear seats and this expands to 1290 litres.

The T-Roc has been an enormous hit in overseas markets, which made the business case to supply the relatively small Australian market more difficult to get over the line.

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Now that it’s been confirmed, though, Australia will be one of the first markets in the world outside of Europe to receive it.

The T-Roc's price point puts it in the upper price echelon of top-spec small SUVs from the mainstream brands like the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR. 

However, its stronger powertrain specs and high levels of standard equipment (like its digital dashboard) put it firmly in the frame when it comes to brands like Audi, which asks $49,400 for a Q2 with a similar engine and driveline. A BMW X2, meanwhile, will set you back closer to $69,000 for a 2.0-litre all-wheel-drive variant.

Volkswagen T-Roc Australia pricing

  • T-Roc 110TSI Style - $33,990
  • T-Roc 140TSI Sport - $40,490