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Used test: Volkswagen T-Roc R vs Cupra Ateca practicality

These sports SUVs both produce almost 300bhp and blast from 0-60mph in less than five seconds, but which is the better used buy?...

Cupra Ateca rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Both the Volkswagen T-Roc R and Cupra Ateca are similarly accommodating up front, and even tall adults will have enough head and leg room. Plus, there are wide door bins and several useful storage cubbies dotted around the driver.

In the back, though, the Ateca is clearly the more practical choice, giving a couple of six-footers space to lounge instead of leaving them with their knees jammed up against the seats in front. Just don’t expect either car to be particularly comfortable for a third rear passenger – the person in the middle has to straddle a large lump in the floor.

Volkswagen T-Roc R rear seats

Luggage space is another Ateca strength because its boot is significantly longer and taller than the T-Roc’s. Indeed, like all four-wheel-drive T-Rocs, the R has a shallower boot than front-wheel-drive variants due to the extra mechanicals below. The T-Roc can hold five carry-on suitcases, compared with the Ateca’s six.

The Ateca has handy levers in its boot that allow you to fold down the rear seats from there. The folded down seats sit higher than the boot floor, though – unlike the T-Roc’s seats, which lie flat at the same height as the floor, making it easier to slide in longer loads.

Boot space

Cupra Ateca

Cupra Ateca boot

Boot 485-1579 litres Suitcases 6

Volkswagen T-Roc R

Volkswagen T-Roc R boot - blue LHD

Boot 392-1237 litres Suitcases 5

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