The interior layout, fit and finish
To match the muscular swagger of its exterior bodykit, the interior of the T-Roc R features a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a good few ‘R’ emblems and a pair of figure-hugging front sports seats.
Those seats hold you in place really well during hard cornering. Plus, they remain comfortable even after hours in the saddle, partly thanks to the wide range of adjustment they offer, including for lumbar support.
A raised driving position and thin windscreen pillars mean you have a great view of the road ahead, too. And, while thick rear pillars restrict your view out of the rear window, front and rear parking sensors are standard.
There’s the option of a rear-view camera or a bird’s-eye-view camera to make manoeuvring even easier, while bright LED headlights are standard and provide great illumination at night.
One big disappointment is the quality of the materials used inside the car. While even Volkswagen’s Polo small hatchback uses nice, squishy upper dashboard materials, the T-Roc makes do with acres of hard, scratchy plastic. This is disappointing in the the regular models, let alone this sporty flagship.
The T-Roc R’s infotainment touchscreen is smaller than the Cupra Ateca’s, at 8.0in. However, it’s similarly easy to use, because its menus are just as logically laid out, there’s a rotary knob for scrolling up and down lists and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard.
The system is augmented by a digital instrument panel in place of analogue dials. This is highly configurable and able to show you lots of useful information, including sat-nav mapping, the audio menus and trip computer.
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