Volkswagen T-Roc R goes on sale in UK


Having flown under the PH radar for the past few months, the T-Roc R has suddenly returned to our screens in the form of a production model that, from today, can now be ordered in the UK. The starting price? Β£38,450 to you - a sum that (predictably) makes it more expensive than the outgoing Golf R, a car it has a great deal in common with.

Volkswagen makes no mention of the hatchback in its press release, preferring instead to get itself into all sorts of trouble by drawing a non-existent line between the quickest T-Roc and the Touareg R50 of 2008 vintage. That was the last go-faster SUV the firm made, of course - but in reality its new compact crossover has precisely nothing to do with the decidedly left-field, V10-toting monster truck that VW failed to shift a decade ago.

The T-Roc R is as middle-of-the-road as New Labour, and very much intended to give the people exactly what they want. It is also exceedingly familiar - not just for its connection to the soon-to-depart Golf, but also the Cupra Ateca, with which it shares practically everything of note. That means you get 300hp and 295lb ft of torque from the ubiquitous 2.0-litre EA888 unit, a seven-speed DSG 'box, 4Motion all-wheel drive and a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds.

UK customers get a 19-inch Pretoria alloys as standard; which is a nice touch, until you learn that the (virtually non-negotiable) adaptive dampers are on the option list and priced at Β£695 - pushing the car beyond Β£39k before you've even got to the colour choice. The Ateca, meanwhile, starts at Β£36,695. Or Β£32,990 if you're prepared to accept 500 miles on the clock.


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  • fernando the frog 13 Sep 2019

    love the T-Roc and this is even more attractive in my eyes, the one detail that bugs me is the door handle on the rear arch though...feel like they could have gone for a hidden handle like a Civic etc

  • Escort Si-130 13 Sep 2019

    I would rather the Golf R, even though they are on every street corner with remapped prapping exhaust sounds.
    Only thing I like about the T-roc is the name.

  • MDMA . 13 Sep 2019

    fernando the frog said:
    love the T-Roc and this is even more attractive in my eyes, the one detail that bugs me is the door handle on the rear arch though...feel like they could have gone for a hidden handle like a Civic etc
    What's up with it?


  • flight147z 13 Sep 2019

    MDMA . said:
    fernando the frog said:
    love the T-Roc and this is even more attractive in my eyes, the one detail that bugs me is the door handle on the rear arch though...feel like they could have gone for a hidden handle like a Civic etc
    What's up with it?

    Yes of all the things to pick out that don't look quite right that isn't the first thing I would spot!

  • SidewaysSi 13 Sep 2019

    Daft name for a daft car.

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