Volkswagen T-Roc R 2019 review

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High-riding T-Roc R offers impressive pace and poise, and is arguably the best performance crossover yet.

It’s not often that the Golf R has company, but it’s a fairly apt sign of the times that the newest member of the loftiest order of Wolfsburg’s high-performance family is SUV-shaped. This is the T-Roc R, and it joins the likes of the Audi SQ2, Cupra Ateca and BMW X2 M35i in the ever expanding performance crossover sphere.Like its SQ2 and Ateca relatives (not to mention the aforementioned Golf), the T-Roc R is based on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, and makes use of the now exceptionally ubiquitous ‘EA888’ turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor. It develops the same 296bhp and 295lb ft as in its cousins, all of which is deployed via a seven-speed twin-clutch ‘box and Haldex clutch-based four-wheel drive system. A new aluminium subframe helps facilitate a far sportier suspension calibration, while the uprated 17in performance brakes that are optional on the Golf R are thrown in as standard. Unlike the Audi SQ2, adaptive dampers are available as a £695 option, while an Akrapovic exhaust can also be optioned for £3000. Our test car had both, as well as the19in ’Pretoria’ alloys and 8in Discover Media infotainment system that are standard fit on UK spec cars.

Source: Autocar Online

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