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...

Volkswagen T-Roc R options to choose and avoid

How to spec a Volkswagen T-Roc R

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 when you add in the T-Roc's thrilling handling and compliant ride, the result is a thoroughly engaging package. That's partly why, at the most recent What Car? Awards, we named it as our favourite sports SUV in our lowest price point.

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 focusing 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 you'll find our suggestions.

Volkswagen T-Roc R options to choose

Volkswagen T-Roc R adaptive cruise control

1. 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.

Volkswagen T-Roc R options to choose

Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 RHD infotainment

2. 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 such as the Audi Q2 and Cupra Ateca, making it even more engaging to weave along a country road.

Volkswagen T-Roc R options to choose

Volkswagen T-Roc R reversing camera

3. Rear-view camera (£190)

Front and rear parking sensors come as standard on the T-Roc R, but to really make sure you don’t inadvertently reverse into the neighbour’s wall, you’ll want to get a rear-view camera. It doesn’t cost much, gives you extra reassurance and could prevent a 'watch me park in this space' moment from ending with an embarrassing phone call.

Volkswagen T-Roc R options to choose

Volkswagen T-Roc R Akraprovic exhaust

4. Akraprovic titanium exhaust system (£3050)

You might wince at the cost of what is essentially a purely audio-based upgrade, but the truth is that the T-Roc R’s standard exhaust is a little, well, tame. With this one fitted instead, there’ll be no mistaking your arrival for anything other than in a thoroughbred sports SUV.

Volkswagen T-Roc R options to choose

Volkswagen T-Roc R interior inserts

5. Matt decorative inserts (£115)

We think that for a car with the T-Roc R’s brief, the standard interior is actually a bit drab. That’s why we recommend upgrading it with inserts that match the exterior colour of your car. These are plastic but still visually lift the T-Roc R’s ambience.

Volkswagen T-Roc R options to avoid

Volkswagen T-Roc R leather interior

1. Leather interior (£2185)

If you want leather inside your T-Roc R, you'll also need to add heated sports seats, and that pushes the price up to more than we’re willing to pay. The standard cloth interior looks plush enough as it is, too. If you really want heated seats, you can pay a far more reasonable £305 for Volkswagen's Winter Pack.

Volkswagen T-Roc R: best buy

Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 RHD front right wide tracking towards camera
  • Model - Volkswagen T-Roc R 2.0 TSI 4Motion DSG
  • List price - £40,710
  • Target Price - £38,095
  • Target PCP - £400 per month
  • Options we'd add - Akraprovic titanium sport exhaust system (£3050), Dynamic Chassis Control (£695), Driver Assistance Pack (£205), rear-view camera (£190), matt decorative inserts (£115)
  • Cost of options - £4255

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