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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI DSG R-Line verdict

Benefitting from a sporty makeover, the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line is the raciest looking version of this small SUV. Is it the best, too?

Words By Jimi Beckwith

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Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line rear

The standard T-Roc is a strong contender in a hugely competitive segment, but the R-Line is a bit of a weak link.

In exchange for sporty looks and encouraging control around corners, you have to sacrifice the regular T-Roc’s five-star comfort. Even the Golf GTI hot hatch is more comfortable.

In fact, the Golf GTI is something of a sticking point for the T-Roc R-Line, because if you have around Β£28,000 to spend on a sporty, Golf-like car, the Golf GTI is the obvious choice. Running costs will be higher, but the trade-off between sportiness and comfort is far less on the Golf and the practicality difference in terms of space is marginal.

But if you absolutely need the T-Roc’s raised driving position combined with the R-Line’s sportiness, Dynamic Chassis Control (an Β£870 option), which includes adaptive suspension, is worth a look It gives you the option of a firm, sporty ride, but can also make the T-Roc one of the most comfortable small SUVs.

Without it, though, R-Line takes away one of the T-Roc’s key qualities, hurting the overall package.


What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5


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Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI R-Line DSG

Price Β£28,375 Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, petrol Power 148bhp at 5000rpm Torque 185lb ft at 1500rpm Gearbox 7-spd automatic 0-62mph 8.4sec Top speed 127mph Official economy 51.4mpg CO2, tax band 124g/km

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