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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 does this new model fare against two keenly priced rivals?

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New Hyundai Kona & Volkswagen T-Roc vs Seat Arona

Our verdict

The T-Roc has previously lost out to the Audi Q2 in range-topping four-wheel-drive diesel form. Fortunately, it makes heaps more sense in entry-level 1.0-litre petrol guise. Yes, interior quality remains a disappointment, but VW’s smallest SUV is otherwise a thoroughly recommendable choice.

The Arona runs it close, though. That it’s massively cheaper each month if you’re buying on PCP finance is a big consideration, and it’s also smarter inside, better equipped and a bit more fun to drive. However, it’s also quite a lot noisier, has a smaller boot and will cost private cash buyers more in the long run.

Last place goes to the Kona. It’s way off the pace in this company, being the most cramped inside and the least comfortable on the road. Yes, it’s extremely well equipped on the luxury front, but then you have to pay extra for automatic emergency braking, which really should be standard.

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1st – Volkswagen T-Roc

For Most comfy ride; hushed road manners; biggest boot; best for safety

Against Interior quality; no sat-nav; pricey PCP repayments

Recommended options Non-standard paint (from Β£280); sat-nav (Β£1130)

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Seat Arona

For Most entertaining to drive; cheapest PCP payments; most rear head and leg room; largely comfy ride

Against Road and suspension noise; no optional extras; driving position won’t suit everyone

Recommended options None

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Hyundai Kona

For Very well equipped; agile handling; punchy engine

Against Unsettled ride; low-rent interior; emergency braking costs extra; heavy depreciation; least practical

Recommended options Safety Pack (Β£235)

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Hyundai Kona 1.0 T-GDi 120 Premium SE

Engine size 3cyl, 998cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£21,195

Target Price Β£20,532

Power 118bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 127Ib ft @ 1500-4000rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.4sec

Top speed 112mph

Gov't fuel economy 52.3mpg

CO2 emissions 125g/km


Specifications: Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 115 FR Sport

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£20,665

Target Price Β£19,665

Power 114bhp @ 5000-5500rpm

Torque 148Ib ft @ 2000-3500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 9.5sec

Top speed 113mph

Gov't fuel economy 56.5mpg

CO2 emissions 114g/km


Specifications: Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI 115 Design

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£21,125

Target Price Β£20,008

Power 114bhp @ 5000-5500rpm

Torque 148Ib ft @ 2000-3500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.3sec

Top speed 116mph

Gov't fuel economy 55.4mpg

CO2 emissions 117g/km

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