Volkswagen T-Roc R 2022 review

Volkswagen T-Roc R 2022 review

Setting it apart from its less powerful T-roc models, the facelifted T-Roc R continues to have its own unique styling touches. Included is a more heavily structured front bumper with high-gloss-black highlights, vertically stacked daytime running lights (mirroring the look of those used by the latest Golf R) and a larger central air duct than that seen on standard T-Rocs.  

Other traditional R styling details include standard 18in Jerez alloy wheels (optionally 19in); aluminium-look door-mirror housings; a larger spoiler integrated into the top of the tailgate; darkened tail-light lenses with new-look LED graphics; and a new rear bumper with high-gloss-black detailing, an integrated diffuser and quad tailpipes (optionally available as Akrapovič titanium ones, as on the Golf R).

Inside, the top of the dashboard gets a soft-touch material in place of the hard plastic used previously. There’s also a new standard 8.0in Digital Cockpit instrument display and a 9.2in) infotainment touchscreen, the latter featuring a new tiled menu and altered graphics as part of a third-generation MIB upgrade.

New or revised functions include traffic-sign recognition, conversational voice control, optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an embedded SIM card to allow access to Volkswagen’s WeConnect streaming services.

Reflecting its performance positioning, the T-Roc R also adds a thicker-rimmed flat-bottomed R steering wheel with an integral R mode button, R-specific instrument graphics, stainless-steel pedal caps and footrest, more heavily contoured R seats and a series of R-specific driving-monitor functions on the touchscreen, among other individual touches.