2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R

If hot hatches are not on your priority list then this performance crossover surely will be

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The German automobile conglomerate known as VAG has announced their most popular crossover globally, the T-Roc, with a facelift, and while the facelift brings a lot of changes to the overall design, it adds a lot of features too. The R variant of the T-Roc, however is majorly unchanged, especially in the powertrain department. But it is no slow bugger at all! So, how does it square up for the 2022 model year?

How does the facelifted exterior look?

Since its launch in 2019, the T-Roc R has been a great-looking car and with this mid-life facelift, the 2022 model year T-Roc looks not only aggressive but also technologically advanced. You can guess that by the inclusion of the I.D. LIGHT with matrix LEDs in the front fascia. The front headlights might seem to be the same but they have been reworked to look slimmer as compared to the outgoing model year. The radiator grille strip along with the new taillight design and the matrix LEDs does not come fitted as standard. (Argh! Come on, Volkswagen. This isn’t a cheap trim)

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R Exterior
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There are a few “R”-specific trim bits around the body, including the wider lower grille and brake cooling vents. These are functional vents, too, so there’s no fakery here – not even with the Akrapovic-tuned exhaust, which might raise some eyebrows. The rear hasn’t changed much with the R logo at the center and the big lower diffuser. Volkswagen has added new stylish alloy wheels ranging from 18-19-inch depending on your choice. It is good to see that the company is trying to expand its customization programs. In terms of the overall dimensions, the T-Roc R is the same with 4234 mm of length and a compact 2603 mm wheelbase. It is surely the most compact crossover in Volkswagen’s portfolio.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R Exterior Dimensions
Model 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R
Curb Weight  1350kg (2,976 lbs.)
Length 4234mm (166.6 in.)
Width  1819mm (71.6 in.)
Height 1573mm (61.9 in.)
Ground Clearance  161mm (6.3 in.)
Wheelbase  2603mm (102.4 in.)

Does the 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R Have An Updated Interior?

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While the exterior seems to have changed quite aggressively, especially the front fascia, the interior of the T-Roc R remains quite similar to the outgoing model year. The newly added features seem to be the slightly redesigned dashboard to house the infotainment screen which is a 9.2-inch unit fitted as standard. The Lapiz blue dashboard trim looks stunning in contrast to the blacked-out faux-leather top. The door panels along with the center console have the Lapiz blue trim and that contributes well to the overall aesthetics of the R. The rest of the updates are similar to what we have seen with the new eighth-gen Golf R.

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The perforated-leather steering wheel has been redesigned with touch-sensitive buttons to control the 10.25-inch multi-information driver’s display which Volkswagen calls Digital Cockpit Pro. The sport seats have power-adjustability with power lumbar support for providing maximum comfort to the driver and front passenger. Volkswagen has offered an optional Nappa leather upholstery with the same blue accents found on the dash. Talking about comfort, we don’t think that the difference will be any drastic if compared to the outgoing model year. The interior dimensions are similar with ample legroom and headroom. If hot hatches bother with practicality, we think that the T-Roc R will fill every gap. A few of the interior features for a quick rundown would be:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Leatherette sport seats.
  • Nappa leather seats. (Optional)
  • Power-adjustable front seats.
  • Sunroof.
  • 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro.
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As for the infotainment system, the 9.2-inch tablet-style display comes fitted as standard with integrated knobs on both sides. The latest iteration of MIB comes to play with added benefits including wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. A one year trial of the We Connect Plus will be offered across Europe and will give access to natural online voice control and other streaming services.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R Interior Dimensions
Model 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R
Seating Capacity 5
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in mm) 970/1270/840 (38.1/50.0/33.7) 
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in mm) 970/1250/840 (38.1/49.2/33.7)
Cargo Capacity  445 litres (15.7 cubic feet)

What comes underneath the bonnet of the 2022 T-Roc R?

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The performance of the T-Roc R remains unchanged with no power gain along with the facelift, and that is okay given the fact that it has enough power. It draws all of its 300 PS and 400 Nm from the tried-and-trusted 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline-four engine which also powers the Golf R. The engine comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Volkswagen’s 4Motion AWD system. The power output is insane for a compact crossover and in the real world, Volkswagen claims that the T-Roc R will do 0-100 kmph or 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Watch the outgoing 2021 T-Roc R perform against the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe in a drag race.

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Driving the T-Roc R will instantly make you feel confident as it packs a torque vectoring system and the 4Motion AWD is mainly rear-wheel biased. You can take this mini SUV to the track and test its full potential. Most importantly, the suspension setup is the sportiest you can get in the T-Roc lineup. However, Volkswagen will offer a set of adaptive dampers that will work better with the T-Roc R’s electronics. The T-Roc R will behave mostly like the Golf R around the corners and that makes it a whole lot better because it is a bit more practical than the latter.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc Performance Stats
Model 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Engine Type AWD
Drive Type 7-speed DCT automatic
Transmission 296 hp (300 PS)
Power  295 lb-ft (400 Nm)
Torque  4.8 seconds
0-62 (mph)  155 mph (250 kmph) 
Top Speed 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

How economic is the 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R?

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Powerful engines sip a bit more fuel than the usual and that would be the same with the T-Roc R. Its 300 PS rated 2.0-liter inline-four engine gets NEDC ratings of 9.5-9.1 l/100 km in Urban, 6.6-6.5 l/100 km in Extra Urban, and a combined rating of 7.7-7.5 l/100 km. This computers to 25.2 mpg in Urban, 34 mpg in Extra Urban, and 30.1 mpg as the combined economy.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc Fuel Economy
Model 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R
Urban (l/100) 9.3
Extra Urban(l/100) 6.9
Combined (l/100) 7.8
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 179

How safe is the 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R?

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The 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R gets a good set of advanced driver assistance features including frontal collision mitigation and lane-keeping assist. The IQ.DRIVE system has been enhanced and now sports adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go tech, traffic sign recognition, and pedestrian detection. Other safety features include:

  • Stability control.
  • ABS.
  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Pre-collision safety system.
  • Post-collision safety system.
  • Tire pressure monitoring.

Should you consider the 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R?

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Why shouldn’t you, unless you are in the U.S., the T-Roc R stands as a perfect example of a performance crossover which has some styling enhancements, making it look sharper. Comparatively, the Audi SQ2 has the same engine, puts out the same engine power, is a bit better in terms of the overall look and feel, but will cost you a lot more than the T-Roc R. We think that the upgrades made to the whole T-Roc line-up was required and the T-Roc R, in that regards, is a fantastic crossover with punchy performance and all the handling finesse you would usually find among hot hatches.


When will the 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R be available?

The new T-Roc R will be available for booking at the beginning of 2022. All models will reach the dealerships in Spring, 2022.

Will Volkswagen introduce the new 2022 T-Roc R in the United States?

As of now, there is no confirmation about the U.S. launch of the 2022 T-Roc R. .

Is the 2022 T-Roc R as sporty as the Golf R?

No doubt, the Golf R is a true monster in the performance hatchback segment. But the T-Roc R would be a better option if you want true performance and a bit more practicality.

What is the price of the 2022 T-Roc R?

While Volkswagen revealed the starting price of the 2022 T-Roc, they did not do the same for the T-Roc R. However, the T-Roc R launched in 2020 with a price tag of €43,995. So you can expect it to get a hike of around €2,000 for the 2022 model year.

How much cargo capacity is available with the 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R?

The cargo capacity is just 392 litres(13.8 cubic feet) available with all seats up.

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