Audi Q2 vs Mini Countryman vs Volkswagen T-Roc: interior
The Audi Q2, Mini Countryman and Volkswagen T-Roc SUVs all combine an elevated driving position and prestige image with compact dimensions. But which is best?...
Behind the wheel
Driving position, visibility, build quality
All of these SUVs feature height and reach-adjustable steering wheels and a decent amount of movement in their seats, but none gets adjustable lumbar support as standard. At least it’s an affordable (£250) individual option in the Q2, but you can only add it as part of packs in the T-Roc and Countryman.
The Countryman's driver's seats also feature a spring-loaded backrest that makes it tricky to adjust in small increments, whereas its rivals each have a knob for greater precision.
Still, we have no complaints about the Countryman’s build quality. There’s lots of soft plastic and real metal switches, while cheaper materials are well hidden. It’s just a shame the retro-inspired layout is needlessly confusing in places. The Q2 may not look quite as snazzy inside, but the overall level of quality is just as high and the layout is much easier to use.
The T-Roc gets the wooden spoon here. Yes, you can get some colourful trim on the dashboard (£280), but the plastics are what you’d expect to find in a £10,000 city car, not a £30,000 SUV. There are no soft-touch materials anywhere and the doors have only a tiny amount of fabric for your elbows. It’s a real shame, because the dashboard layout is just as logical as the Q2’s.
On the plus side, the T-Roc is the only one of our trio with digital instrument dials that are able to show a variety of information clearly and concisely. Mind you, the Q2 can be equipped with Audi’s comparable Virtual Cockpit (£1395 as part of a Technology Pack), which is even clearer.
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