Volkswagen T-Roc vs Seat Arona vs Hyundai Kona

All of these cars combine stylish SUV looks with practical interiors and surprisingly low running costs, but which is best?...

01 April 2019
New Hyundai Kona & Volkswagen T-Roc vs Seat Arona

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.

New Hyundai Kona & Volkswagen T-Roc vs 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 are 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

New Hyundai Kona & Volkswagen T-Roc vs Seat Arona

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 £1130 to add it. Second, though probably less significantly to many buyers, you have to pay (£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 stereo to a more powerful Beats version for a reasonable £405.