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VOLKSWAGEN T-roc Hatchback

1.5 TSI EVO Black Edition 5dr DSG

VOLKSWAGEN T-roc Hatchback - 1.5 TSI EVO Black Edition 5dr DSG

Vehicle Information

List Price
£27,365.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
8.4 secs
Engine Size
1.5
No. of Doors
5
CO2
153 g/km
By Line

Volkswagen's T-Roc gets serious in top 300PS R form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Performance-minded compact SUVs are getting progressively more credible. Here's a case in point, the Volkswagen T-Roc R. A crossover's never going to be the perfect starting point for a shopping rocket but this one's been very thoroughly engineered to deliver most of the driving enjoyment of its similarly engineered Golf R counterpart: 300PS, 4MOTION 4WD, a throaty exhaust, a 445-litre boot and quite a lot of streetside presence. What's not to like?

Background

When the Golf R first arrived back in 2009, we imagined it might pave the way to a whole series of 'R'-branded fast Volkswagens. In the event, it took a decade for the 'R' range to be expanded beyond the Golf line-up - with this car, the T-Roc R. Where once, Volkswagen would have added the R performance tinsel to conventional models like the Polo or the Passat, it says much for the current state of the market that beyond the Golf range (and possibly the ID.3 EV), it's limiting the tuning scope of Jost Capito's R tuning division to its SUVs. A Touareg R can be had if you have to buy the fastest Volkswagen SUV possible. In the real world though, this T-Roc R would probably be quicker point-to-point. But how close can it get to replicating the Golf R experience?

Driving Experience

Volkswagen R boss Jost Capito and his team started off with the usual Wolfsburg recipe for compact performance models. Namely, the award-winning EA888 version of the 2.0-litre TSI petrol turbo engine in 300PS form. Plus 4MOTION 4WD and a DSG 7-speed paddleshift auto gearbox. Pretty much what you'll find in a Golf R. And exactly as you'll find it with this car's two Volkswagen Group cousins, the Audi SQ 2 and the CUPRA Ateca. Or perhaps not quite exactly. Capito's engineers had to put quite a lot of specific effort in to make this formula really work for the T-Roc. An aluminium subframe (borrowed from the old Golf GTI) has been fitted at the front for lower weight and extra stiffness. There's a 20mm drop in ride height over a standard T-Roc and the springs are 20% stiffer. The brakes are borrowed from the old Golf GTI Performance Pack model, with bigger pads. And there are shorter gear ratios and specific damping settings, plus the option of Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive damping (which you can't have on an Audi SQ 2 and which is really a must-have addition if you're to be able to experience everything the dynamics of this car can offer). A fatter rear spoiler improves downforce at high speed. And there's a standard Drive Mode system with a rorty 'Race' setting, which really comes alive if you pay a ludicrous amount extra for the throaty Akrapovic exhaust. 62mph from rest takes just 4.8 seconds en route to an actual (not limited) top speed of 155mph.

Design and Build

Volkswagen has done its best to make this T-Roc R stand out from its humbler showroom stablemates. The front gets a more distinctive radiator grille bearing the 'R' logo and in place of the usual front fog lights, LED daytime running lights are set into the front bumper. From the side, you might notice that widened wheel arches surround the 19-inch 'Pretoria' alloy wheels and complement the black brake callipers complete with 'R' logo. There's also matt-chrome effect covers for the door mirrors and lowered 'R' sports suspension. The rear gains a black diffuser with twin chrome exhaust tailpipes left and right. Inside, the cabin features a smattering of 'R' logos - on the door sill protectors, front seat backrests and leather trimmed multifunction sports steering wheel. Plus there's ambient lighting, 'Gloss Black' decor, stainless steel pedals and grey contrast stitching for the carpet mats. Otherwise, it's much as in any other T-Roc, which means there's rather too much hard plastic trimming about for a car of this price. As in the standard model, there's comfortable space for a couple of adults on the back seat (though it'd be a squash for three). And there's a decent-sized boot measuring 445-litres when loaded up to the top of the second row seat backrests. Fold the rear bench and 1,290-litres of space can be freed up.

Market and Model

The T-Roc R costs around £39,000 and comes only with a DSG 7-speed auto gearbox and only in fixed top form (the idea of a T-Roc R Cabriolet is interesting but Volkswagen says there are no plans for such a thing). The key extras here lie with adaptive damping (pretty important to have) and the optional Akrapovic exhaust (a cool £3,000 more but gloriously sonorous). To give you some perspective on the pricing here, the next sporty T-Roc model down in the range, the R-Line 2.0 TSI 4MOTION variant with 190PS and the same auto DSG 'box, costs around £35,500. So for this top 'R' variant, you're paying around £3,500 for the extra power, a bit more chassis tuning, some extra equipment and a few additional sporty bits. That's a similar pricing position to this model's identically-engineered VW Group sporty compact SUV cousins, the Audi SQ2 and the CUPRA Ateca. That's a significant outlay, so you'll be expecting plenty to come as standard, in which case you shouldn't be disappointed. We've talked about the outward embellishments in our 'Design & Build' section, so we'll focus here on the interior niceties. You might expect full-leather upholstery for this kind of money but instead, the front sports seats are trimmed in 'Race' cloth, though they do get embroidered 'R' branding - which also features on the three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. There's also a powered tailgate and a 10.3-inch Active Info Display digital instrument cluster, which works in conjunction with an 8.0-inch Discover Navigation centre-dash infotainment screen. These two monitors combine to create a digital and interactive cockpit with a wide range of online services and apps accessible via smartphone and the usual 'Volkswagen Car-Net' media connectivity system.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the T-Roc R is class-competitive in terms of running costs. WLTP CO2 emissions are rated at 197g/km and the WLTP combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 32.5mpg. For comparison, a T-Roc R-Line 2.0 TSI 4MOTION 190PS DSG model puts out 186g/km and manages up to 34.4mpg. The BIK tax rating is up at 37%. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your T-Roc will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles.

Summary

Of the three Volkswagen Group compact SUVs that share this car's 2.0-litre turbo 300PS 4MOTION formula, this T-Roc R seems at first glance the most credible option. The CUPRA Ateca feels a bit contrived, and the Audi SQ 2 can't be had with the crucial option of adaptive damping. Plus this Volkswagen seems more thoroughly engineered by a team who've managed to get closer than expected to replicating the exemplary drive dynamics of this model's Golf R cousin. They haven't quite managed it of course - an SUV is never going to be quite as agile or as confidence-inspiring as a conventional hatch. But there are compensations of extra practicality and if you stretch to the optional Akrapovic exhaust, you'll at least feel more dynamic. It's all about perception you see. The people who created this car understand that.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay
  • Heated rear window
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) includes ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
  • Car-Net App-Connect
  • Wireless app connect for apple carPlay
DRIVER AIDS
  • Adaptive cruise control with front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring, city emergency braking
  • Lane assist with warning text instrument cluster
  • Modified key software - reduce switch off time for key status change to Long no motion
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Dusk sensor
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 'Lights On' Reminder warning buzzer
  • Car information display
  • Driver tips and journey analysis
  • Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
  • Ready 2 Discover system with 8" display including streaming and internet
  • Service interval indicator
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
  • Warning sound and light for front seatbelts unfastened
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Black painted exterior mirror housings
  • Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Piano black decorative inserts in dash, centre console and door panel
ENGINE
  • Battery regeneration during braking
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 4 X 20 watt output
  • Centre arm rest including USB type C interface and USB charging socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Front and rear 6 speakers
  • Front USB type C Interface 2X and USB charging socket
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • SD card slot
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Single CD player, glovebox mounted
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • Title and cover art display
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black grained lower door protectors
  • Black grained wheel arches
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour bumpers with silver metallic underbody fascia
  • Body colour door handles
  • C pillar decorative film in dark grey/black with graphic pattern
  • Chrome trim on upper and lower radiator grille
  • Exhaust tailpipes in black
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Solid paint
  • Trim strips on grille and vehicle side
  • Volkswagen roundel
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED dipped and main beam headlights with automatic range adjustment including signature LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Manual coming/automatic leaving home lighting function
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket in centre console storage area
  • 4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
  • Black decorative trims
  • Black roof lining
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, longitudinal and height adjustable and two rear air vents
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Leather gearshift knob
  • Load through provision with single cup holder when folded down
  • Luggage compartment cover, removable
  • Storage compartment in left and right luggage area
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartments in driver and front passenger doors
  • Three spoke multi function leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob including paddle shift
  • Tracks 4 cloth upholstery
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light in footwell
  • LED interior light with switch off delay/dimmer and 2 front/rear LED reading lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • White ambient lighting
SAFETY
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and front passenger safety-optimised head restraints
  • Drivers and front passengers airbags with passengers deactivation switch
  • Drivers seatbelt reminder
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Predictive pedestrian protection
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Three point height adjust front seatbelts pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
SEATS
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Front comfort seats with manual height adjustment
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Isofix easy fit child seat preparation for 2 outer rear seats
  • Split folding rear seat backrests with centre armrest
SECURITY
  • Alarm with remote central locking and interior protection
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Remote tailgate unlocking using key fob
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" Arlo black diamond turned surface alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre mobility set
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • HC: 18E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1498
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • EC Combined: N
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 6.8
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: TSI EVO
  • Coin Series: Black Edition
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 150
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 96
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 79
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 87
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 8.4
  • BHP: 150
  • Engine Power KW: 110
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque MKG: 25.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 250
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1500
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: ARLO
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1575
  • Length: 4234
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1
  • Wheelbase: 2590
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1819
  • Width (including mirrors): 1992
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 445
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1860
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1290
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 670
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1275
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 585
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Initial Rental (9 mths)
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£208.16
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£1,873.48
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£173.47
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£208.16
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,873.48 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£173.47
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,561.23 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
27,365.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£27,365.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
8.4 secs
Engine Size
1.5
No. of Doors
5
CO2
153 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£208.16
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,873.48 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£173.47
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,561.23 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

VOLKSWAGEN T-roc Hatchback

1.5 TSI EVO Black Edition 5dr DSG

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC HATCHBACK *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£208.16
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,873.48 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£173.47
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,561.23 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC