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New Skoda Fabia vs used Volkswagen T-Roc: interiors

The Fabia is a great small car, but for similar money, you could pick up a used T-Roc SUV. So, which is the better buy?...

Skoda Fabia interior


Driving position, visibility, build quality

Both of our contenders offers an excellent driving position that’s easy to find, with plenty of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel. Unsurprisingly, the VW T-Roc sits you much higher than the Skoda Fabia, giving you a grander view out. 

On the other hand, the Fabia has thinner pillars all around, so you have better visibility. The T-Roc has quite chunky pillars, especially at the rear – on the plus side, it has front and rear parking sensors. The Fabia has just rear parking sensors, with front ones being part of a £710 optional package. 

VW T-Roc interior dashboard

The Fabia’s interior looks and feels much more basic than the T-Roc's, but it's at least robust, with the buttons and switches being well-damped and tactile to use – you can say that about the T-Roc's switchgear, too. 


Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia infotainment

The Fabia’s 6.5in touchscreen looks a little lost in its housing and the graphics are on the fuzzy side, but the screen responds quickly to inputs and the menus are logically laid out. Large physical shortcut buttons are easy to aim for when driving, as is the volume knob. You don’t get built-in satnav, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard.

Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc 2022 touchscreen

The T-Roc’s 8.0in touchscreen has sharp, slick graphics and, like the Fabia, plenty of shortcut buttons (albeit more fiddly touch-sensitive ones) on either side to take you directly to specific functions. Built-in sat-nav was a £750 option when new, but the T-Roc also features smartphone mirroring, fortunately. Overall, it's the better system. 

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