New Hyundai Kona & Volkswagen T-Roc vs Seat Arona

Volkswagen has been slow to the small SUV party, but it has arrived in style with the T-Roc. How will it fare against two keenly priced rivals?

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Infotainment systems

Hyundai Kona

The 8.0in touchscreen looks a bit dim and low-res in this company, but that’s only really an issue in sunny conditions. Besides, there’s plenty to like, including the logical menu layout and how quickly the screen reacts to your commands. You get plenty of gadgets with Premium SE trim, too, such as sat-nav and wireless phone charging. You even get an eight-speaker Krell stereo, although sound quality is good rather than outstanding.

Seat Arona

The best infotainment system here. The bright 8.0in touchscreen responds snappily when you press it and the chunky icons mean you don’t need more than a glance to work out which one to press. As with all of our trio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring is included in the price, but the Arona also comes with wireless phone charging as standard. Our only complaint is that you can’t upgrade the mediocre six-speaker sound system.

Volkswagen T-Roc

Much the same as the system in the Arona, but with a couple of notable omissions. First, you don’t get built-in sat-nav and it’ll cost you a hefty Β£1130 to add it. Second, though probably less significantly to many buyers, you have to pay (Β£380) extra if you want wireless phone charging. At least the touchscreen is just as easy to use as the Arona’s and helpfully you can upgrade the sound system to a more powerful Beats version for a reasonable Β£405.

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Volkswagen T-ROC

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The T-Roc is a different sort of VW – one that sacrifices a bit of substance for greater style. But interior quality aside, there's still a lot to like