How to spec a Volkswagen T-Roc R
Our guide to Volkswagen's award-winning sports SUV covers which version to go for, which options to choose and how much to pay for it all...
There's no better way of saying this: the Volkswagen T-Roc R is an absolute hoot to drive. Its 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine – derived from that of the Golf R hot hatchback – provides plenty of power, and in combination with the T-Roc's thrilling handling and compliant ride, makes for a thoroughly engaging package. That's partly why, at the most recent What Car? Awards, we named it as our favourite Sports SUV for less than £40,000.
Our full 16-point review can tell you more about what makes the T-Roc R so special, including how practical it is and what it's like inside, but here we're focussing on equipment. The T-Roc R's standard kit list is already generous, with 19in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and adaptive cruise control all coming as standard. We think there's room to add more luxury, however, without breaking the bank, and below and over the next few pages, you'll find our suggestions.
Driver Assistance Pack (£205)
This pack brings kit including lane-keeping and traffic jam assistance to the T-Roc R – the latter allowing the car to control its own steering, acceleration and braking in slow-moving traffic – as well as electrically heated door mirrors and automatic wipers. On their own, each extra item might not make much difference, but collectively they’ll make the T-Roc R much more relaxing on longer journeys, and it doesn’t cost much.
Dynamic Chassis Control (£695)
To get the most out of the T-Roc R, you’ll want to upgrade to Dynamic Chassis Control, which allows you to tune the car’s suspension to one of three settings – Sport, Comfort and Normal. With this option, the T-Roc R has less body lean than rival sports SUVs like the Audi Q2 and Cupra Ateca, which makes it even more engaging to weave along a country road.
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