The sporty new Volkswagen T-Roc R has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show. It sits at the top of the T-Roc range and features the same 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the VW Golf R. Here’s everything you need to know.
New Volkswagen T-Roc R
300hp engine and all-wheel drive
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This is the new Volkswagen T-Roc R, the sportiest range-topping model of the T-Roc SUV. It’ll go head-to-head with other premium performance small SUVs like the Audi SQ2 and BMW X2 M35i when it goes on sale in the Autumn.
Volkswagen T-Roc R styling
You can tell it’s a Volkswagen T-Roc, but the aggressive, sporty styling has been turned up to 11. There are more imposing front and rear bumpers, a dark finish for the radiator grille, matt chrome mirror caps, a small roof spoiler and R badges front and back to let everybody know you haven’t plumped for any old T-Roc.
18-inch alloy wheels are standard, although you can upgrade 19-inch if you wish, while underneath them sit larger brakes from the Volkswagen Golf R Performance. Finally, you can’t help but notice VW R’s trademark quad tailpipes, which can also be upgraded to a noisier Akrapovic system if you’re still not convinced everybody is getting the message.
Colour-wise there’s Lapiz Blue Metallic that’s exclusive to the T-Roc R, or Pure White Uni, Flash Red Uni, Turmeric Yellow Metallic, White Silver Metallic, Energetic Orange Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect and Indium Grey Metallic. A black roof can be added to all colours.
Volkswagen T-Roc R interior
The standard T-Roc cabin quality is only so-so, but this R model gets some distinct changes. There’s more carbon fibre trim for starters, a sports steering wheel and you might recognise those sports seats, because they’re also from the Golf R. Then there are various R logos dotted about the place and aluminium sports pedals.
Other than that, the R is much like any other T-Roc inside. That means seating for five – although three adults across the rear seats will find it a squeeze – and a boot that’s a practical shape and will easily handle a couple of suitcases, but doesn’t stand out amongst other small SUVs.
Volkswagen T-Roc R engines
The Volkswagen T-Roc R gets the same 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Volkswagen Golf R. All that power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox comes as standard, and making sure it makes it onto the road in all conditions is standard all-wheel drive.
All that means the T-Roc R is no slouch. Using launch control, it’ll accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds, while its top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. For context, that’s very slightly slower than a Golf R and Audi SQ2, the same as a BMW X2 M35i, but quicker than a Cupra Ateca.
Volkswagen T-Roc R driving
This isn’t just a big engine, some fancy interior details and a bulging body kit. No, the Volkswagen T-Roc R means business when it comes to driving.
Together with its all-wheel drive the T-Roc R gets lower, stiffer suspension than the rest of the range and progressive steering, which reduces the amount of steering angle you need to apply in certain situations. All that should help the R feel more agile than any other T-Roc. There’s also a new Race driving mode which sharpens the accelerator and gearbox response for a more focused driving experience.
And, as mentioned, when it comes to lining yourself up for a corner, the T-Roc R features large 17-inch brakes that come straight from the Golf R Performance. It should stop just as effectively as it goes, then.
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