VW T-Roc Convertible (2019): genius or madness?

Now they are completely crazy in Wolfsburg. A convertible SUV? Is it also their first reaction when VW announces the T-Roc Cabriolet end of February 2018? Well, a year and a half later, the vehicle has become a reality. We have now had the opportunity to personally examine the open T-Roc.

My first glance takes a look at the proportions of the VW T-Roc Convertible: the model is the 2016 T-Cross Breeze study, but one's a 39 is slightly extended. This is explained by the fact that the T-Roc fabric roof conceptually rests on the bonnet of the 2016 Golf Cabriolet buried and that it is constructed in this way in the old Karmann factory. Osnabrück. No wonder the two vehicles are not far apart from each other in terms of dimensions. Let's look at the data more closely:

lengthwidthheightwheelbase
VW T-Roc Convertible4,268 mm1,811 mm1.522 mm2,630 mm
VW Golf VI Convertible4,247 mm1.782 mm1,478 mm2,578 mm
VW T-Roc4,234 mm1,819 mm1,538 mm2,590 mm

Thus, the new VW T-Roc Convertible is a little longer and has more wheelbase than its closed brother. Its summit opens in nine seconds at 30 km / h. And what about the available space? The luggage compartment reveals a large opening in the trunk and 284 liters of luggage enter. Enough for holidays for two, a trailer hitch is available as an option. What weight has the caravan, VW does not reveal it yet. The conventional T-Roc is between 1.3 and 1.5 tons for front-wheel drive. With the four-wheel drive, the convertible is not.

At the back, it is conceptually very cuddly, you can sit in adulthood for short distances. But the ideal passengers are children, especially since there are Isofix attachments at the back of each seat. In my mind, the crew of the following T-Roc Convertible is characterized: Grandfather and Grandmother (Silver Ager remaining mentally young) who want to stay open without having to sneak between the MX-5 and the high position (60 cm). on the asphalt). Behind that, up to two grandchildren. The trunk supports are fixed at the rear by extendable seats and a reversible reversal protection. In addition, there is a reinforced windshield frame and various modifications of the structure.

VW T-Roc Convertible (2019)

And otherwise? The cockpit does not contain big surprises, which likes, arrives here as in the normal T-Roc with a "Active Info Display" of 11.7 inches. The engines are available exclusively on gasoline: the 1.0 TSI three-cylinder, 115 hp and 200 Newton-meters of torque and the four-cylinder 1.5 TSI at 150 hp and 250 Nm as the best choice for the trailer hitch. A seven-speed DSG is also available for this engine. Customers have the VW T-Roc Cabriolet the choice between "Style" and "R-Line" equipment.

The T-Roc Cabriolet will be officially presented at the IAA Frankfurt (12-22 September 2019). The launch in the market is scheduled for spring 2020. At prices, VW still does not have information, at least the 1.0 TSI should start in my opinion, but less than 30,000 euros.

What remains as a conclusion? Well, there are not many convertibles for the masses. The open T-Roc goes into the legacy of Beetle and Golf Cabriolet. In this context, some traditionalists may feel offended. On their side, Beetle and Golf Cabriolet have also not been torn from the dealers. From this point of view, VW's approach is quite clever: use proven technology and combine it with a class of popular vehicles. (Since November 2017, VW has already sold 360,000 T-Roc.) And to be quite honest: it's better a T-Roc convertible with a cloth hat like different metal folding roof creatures of yesteryear .