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?...
Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
When it comes to front leg and head room, the differences are so small they aren’t even worth pointing out. What’s important is that you won’t feel remotely cramped in any of our contenders, even if you (or your front passenger) are extremely lanky.
If you had to sit in the back of one of these cars on a long journey, you wouldn’t pick the Kona. It’s the tightest for both rear leg and head room, to the point that six-footers will find their knees wedged against the seat in front. The Arona provides the most room for your knees and head, but the T-Roc hits back with the most space for your feet.
With the rear seats in place, the T-Roc has by far the longest boot and managed to swallow six carry-on suitcases – one more than the Arona and two more than the Kona. The Kona’s boot is the shortest and shallowest; there’s enough room for a few bags of shopping but even a weekend family break would be a struggle.
Folding down the 60/40 split-folding rear seats in any of our contenders involves pushing a button next to the headrest and hauling the seatback down. Fortunately, this doesn’t leave an annoying step in the boot floor of any of these cars – assuming you’ve set the adjustable boot floors in the Arona and T-Roc to their highest settings.
Rear seats folded down and it’s the same running order: the T-Roc’s boot is biggest and the Kona’s smallest. The T-Roc is also the only one of our trio with a ski hatch and the option of an electric tailgate.
Premium SE models come with a space saver spare wheel, which eats up luggage space. The Kona does have the broadest boot aperture, though. Plenty of room in the front but by far the tightest in the back. If you’re more than six feet tall, expect your knees to be wedged against the back of the front seat – which happens to be covered in hard and unforgiving plastic
Boot 334-1116 litres Suitcases 4
Arona has the narrowest boot, but you’ll fit lots more in it than you will the Kona’s. A height-adjustable boot floor comes as standard. Best for rear knee room, although foot space could be better. It’s also rather annoying that the rear door pillar is right beside your head, because it means you have to crane your neck forward to get a good view out of the window.
Boot 400-1280 litres Suitcases 5
T-Roc has the longest and tallest boot, so unsurprisingly can swallow the most luggage. A powered tailgate is available for £320. Enough room in the back for a couple of tall adults and the most accommodating of our trio for three sitting side by side. Still, if you regularly need to carry three in the back you’d be better off looking at an altogether bigger car.
Boot 445-1290 litres Suitcases 6