It feels like it was literally yesterday when high-end SUVs broke the 5-second barrier for the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration. However, it happened last decade, and one of them was the original Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
In the meantime, advancements in powertrain development and the implementation of lighter materials have made high riders even quicker, to the point where the best of the best the industry has to offer today have shaved another 2 seconds off that time. This has opened the door to some more affordable SUVs, which are currently in the sub-5-second zone, such as the Volkswagen T-Roc R.
Powered by the same engine used in the Golf R, a 2.0-liter turbo-four, it has 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque directed to the 4Motion all-wheel drive through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to the official spec sheet, it can hit the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark from a standstill in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
That is very impressive for a compact crossover, although at €43,995 ($48,543) in Germany and £38,450 ($49,864) in the UK, it’s not easy on the wallet. But can you actually achieve the official 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time in the real world? Answering this question is a YouTube video that recorded the run, during the SUV’s official launch, using a third-party device.