Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line: for those who lack emotions

You can consider this material “a supplement to a supplement”. Recently, I talked in detail about the Volkswagen T-Roc NEW crossover: design changes, interior transformations, driving experience, equipment and prices. What else to add? And what about the R-Line version, which became available for Ukraine for the first time?! So: TOP-5 questions about the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line car – and their answers.

How noticeably different are the regular versions of the Volkswagen T-Roc and the T-Roc R-Line?
Very noticeably different! It would seem that a few decorative elements with an unchanged body – but in fact the features of the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line set almost a new perception of the car: youthful, fit, active.

The front bumper is the most noticeable detail. The gloss black ‘dumbbell’ (hello to you, Ford Escort RS1600) is finished off with side flares with vertical 3-section LED daytime running lights. Such a “face” is clearly not to be confused with other versions of the Volkswagen T-Roc, and with other cars in general. Also used is the original radiator grill with elongated holes and the signature R-logo.

By the way, a similar letter can be found on the front wings. And when looking at the side surfaces, attention is drawn to the original 17-inch Valencia wheels – again a kind of “exclusive from R-Line”. Pay attention to the rear bumper: its corners are also decorated with vertical inserts, and the exhaust nozzles are located below. Imitation of course; but it looks bright!

With appearance, everything is clear; what’s inside
There are also a few changes. The first and main change in the interior of all versions of the Volkswagen T-Roc is, of course, the new front panel: a soft cover, a separately installed display, a changed decorative insert and ventilation deflectors. A new “climate” unit and a DSG-“automatic” lever were also installed. I repeat: these are changes for all versions of the Volkswagen T-Roc. However, the R-Line crossover adds its own interesting features.

First, the sports steering wheel. It has a nice shape with notches under the fingers, cool perforated leather – and touch buttons! Yes, yes, you can claim that it is inconvenient as many times as you like. But Volkswagen’s ergonomics experts clearly don’t get their salary for nothing: these touch buttons have a small return click, they are separated by notches, and backlighting is provided. As a result, such a steering wheel gives a very expensive and pleasant impression of the interior of the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line crossover: because you are constantly in contact with it, it constantly falls into the field of vision – and it does not disappoint.

Secondly, the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line car has its own special decoration inside. Black glossy finish on the front panel, metal overlays on the pedals, combined seat trim with the already familiar R-logo, dark ceiling. A trifle here, a detail there – but together everything forms a single, pleasant, modern image.

The interior of the updated Volkswagen T-Roc is already familiar: a new front panel, a dedicated central display, a changed “climate” unit, etc. But the R–Line version adds its own accents: a cool sports steering wheel with heating and touch buttons, Lava Stone Black gloss black decor, combined upholstery of the seats with ArtVelours inserts, metal overlays on the pedals. Similar to the appearance, all these details do not change the interior as a whole, but they significantly (and positively) affect the feeling of “perceived” quality. The space in the back and the volume of the trunk do not change depending on the version of the car: everything is at the level of “not too much, but quite enough.”

There are differences on the way – is the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line crossover more sporty?
In theory, the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line should occupy an intermediate position between the regular versions of the Volkswagen T-Roc model and the truly “hot” Volkswagen T-Roc R: sports suspension, a sharp steering wheel, and a system for changing the driving profile are optionally offered here. The test car had only the last point.

As a result, this Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line crossover seems to drive almost as well as the regular version. Just don’t consider this a “downside” of the R-Line version; here it is rather “in plus” of the Volkswagen T-Roc car in general. Because it has a phenomenally carefully calibrated suspension balance between providing decent comfort in the pits, minimizing rolls, getting a neutral

This compact Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line crossover drives like a big one: no harsh shock from the suspension, but a pleasant springiness and composure in habits. Plus the steering wheel is of medium sharpness – just over 2.5 turns from stop to stop (yes, I counted). Moreover, the steering wheel is not loaded with background effort, in normal driving modes it is pleasantly light. But the car turns perfectly: the steering wheel obeys instantly, it easily gets into an arc. And this description applies to all versions of the Volkswagen T-Roc.

What does the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line have to offer? MODE button for changing driving modes. For example, when selecting “ESO”, the transmission can switch to neutral gear and the car coasts, and the climate system works in a more economical mode. In the “SP

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