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Oh no, there’s a Volkswagen T-Roc convertible

VW chops the top off its compact crossover. Yeah, seriously

Published: 14 Aug 2019

So, you’re telling us it’s not the 1 April? But we’re looking at pictures of a convertible version of the Volkswagen T-Roc – somebody must be having us on?

Nope. This really is the new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet.

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It’s easy to get your head around the standard T-Roc. It’s essentially a tall Golf with a few extra styling features thrown in to satisfy the world’s demand for sporty-looking crossovers.

The convertible though is not quite so simple. It can hardly be considered a family car with only two doors and a smaller boot, can it? VW says it’s all about adding “yet more lifestyle to the booming SUV market.” Hmm.

Still, this is a new car that’ll make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so we must tell you a bit about it, even if you’ve already made up your mind either way.

To follow VW tradition – and to save it from weighing as much as a small town – the Cabriolet features a folding soft top that will open in just nine seconds at speeds of up to 19mph.

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It’ll also come in two different specs. ‘Style’ apparently allows for more personalisation, whereas ‘R-Line’ models will get sporty looks inside and out, including that rather strange boot spoiler.

There’s good news in the form of drivetrains though. The standard T-Roc’s two turbocharged petrol engines will both be available from launch with 6spd manual gearboxes as standard (VW’s 7spd dual clutch ‘box is an option). The smaller of the two is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 113bhp, with the larger being a 1.5-litre four-pot that pushes 148bhp through to the front wheels.

Inside it looks like business as usual from VW. There’s a clean interior with lots of plush materials and proper buttons to control most functions. Be interesting to find out how much legroom rear passengers get though.

All in all, the T-Roc Cabriolet seems like the people’s car for all those people who missed out on the Range Rover Evoque convertible a few years ago.

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