Volkswagen T-Roc R long-term test: report 6

The 296bhp Volkswagen T-Roc R is one of the best sports SUVs to drive, but how easy is it to live with? We're finding out...

LT Volkswagen T-Roc R front

The car Volkswagen T-Roc R 2.0 TSI 300 4Motion DSG Run by Steve Huntingford, editor

Why it’s here To see if this thrilling sports SUV continues to impress when you live with it every day

Needs to Combine its undoubted pace and agility with practicality

List price £40,735 Target Price £38,604 Price as tested £46,709 Miles 2340 Official economy 32.5mpg Test economy 29.2mpg

8 November – Sit back, and relax

Are we there yet? It’s a question every parent dreads, and one I feared I’d be hearing more often than usual in the Volkswagen T-Roc R, given its sporting bent. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

Don’t get me wrong, the suspension is definitely on the firm side, which is at least partly why this sports SUV is so much fun in the corners.

LT Volkswagen T-Roc R - child asleep in back

But while you do get jostled around quite a bit when the road is poorly surfaced, the T-Roc R rarely thumps or crashes over bumps and potholes in the way you might expect.

As a result, my three-year-old daughter still finds it easy enough to fall asleep; in fact, during a recent family getaway, she was able to snooze through pretty much the entire two-hour journey, both there and back.

Meanwhile, my wife only struggles with travel sickness in cars that sway from side to side, so is also perfectly happy spending time in the tightly controlled T-Roc.

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