Volkswagen T-Roc R review


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Volkswagen T-Roc R dashboard - blue LHD
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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, and offer a wide range of adjustment, 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 maneuvering even easier, while bright LED headlights that offer great illumination at night are standard.

The one major disappointment is with 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 the sat-nav map, audio menus and trip computer.

Volkswagen T-Roc R dashboard - blue LHD
Volkswagen T-Roc R boot - blue LHD
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