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Volkswagen T-Roc R

(2019 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

68
%
C

Eco Rating:

51
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

42
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

68
%
C

Eco Rating:

51
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

42
%
D

Summary


The Volkswagen T-Roc R is a high-performance compact SUV that sits at the top of the T-Roc range. It’s the smallest performance SUV that Volkswagen offers as part of its ‘R’ family, below the larger Tiguan R.

Just one specification has been available since the car’s arrival in 2019, powered by the same 300hp 2.0-litre petrol engine that you will find in the similarly-sized Golf R hatchback and estate. Many reviewers outline this drivetrain as a real highlight, like Ted Welford of Car Keys, who praises the ‘hot SUV’ for its “rapid performance” above all else.

That said, T-Roc R’s most decisive advantage over its competitors is in the way it handles. As the What Car? team explains, “From its quicker-reacting steering and tighter body control to its vice-like grip on the road, it feels more like a hot hatch than a sports SUV.”

The majority of motoring outlets still regard the Golf R as the better option overall, Alex Ingram of Auto Express concluding that the hatchback “offers more performance and excitement while making more financial sense.”

While it isn’t as popular with reviewers, the Cupra Ateca is slightly cheaper than the T-Roc R, and you can currently pick up a larger Tiguan R or a Porsche Macan for a few thousand more. As of January 2024, the Volkswagen T-Roc R holds an Expert Rating of 62%.

T-Roc highlights

  • Strong performance
  • Agile handling
  • Practical family-friendly cabin

T-Roc lowlights

  • Firm ride comfort
  • Expensive when compared to the regular T-Roc
  • Rivals offer more interior quality

Key specifications


Body style: Compact SUV/crossover
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £42,285 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Evo

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 79%
Safety assist: 71%

The Volkswagen T-Roc R has not been specifically tested by safety body Euro NCAP, but this performance-enhanced crossover does share the standard T-Roc’s five-star crash test rating which was awarded in 2017.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volkswagen T-Roc R has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volkswagen T-Roc R to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the T-Roc R, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models194 g/kmD194 – 201 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models33C25 – 34B – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£234B
Year 2£624B
Year 3£1,035B
Year 4£1,307C
Year 5£1,777C
Overall£4,977C

The Volkswagen T-Roc R is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to running costs, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Insurance costs for the ‘hot’ SUV are pretty average, and service and maintenance costs are predicted by be fairly affordable for the first five years of ownership.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Volkswagen T-Roc R, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

Alfa Romeo Tonale | Audi RS Q3BMW X2 M35i | Cupra Ateca | Jaguar E-Pace | Mini Countryman John Cooper Works | Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 | Porsche Macan S | Volkswagen Tiguan R


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