Volkswagen T-Cross vs Volkswagen T-Roc: practicality

Volkswagen has not one but two contenders in the small SUV market, and we rate both highly. Let’s see how they stack up next to each other...

Volkswagen T-Cross rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Tall adults won’t have any issues up front in either car, with plenty of head room and seats that go back far enough to accommodate all but the longest of legs.

In the rear, the T-Roc provides a bit more head room (although it’s plentiful in the T-Cross too), provided there are only two passengers back there. Despite the fact that the T-Roc is a smidgen wider, three adults might not be as happy in the back, because the car’s inward-sloping sides mean the outer pair will find the sides of their heads close to the ceiling.

Despite being the shorter car, the T-Cross has more rear leg room, although anyone up to six feet tall won’t find their knees brushing the backs of the T-Roc’s front seats, either.

Volkswagen T-Roc rear seats

The T-Cross comes with a handy sliding bench that allows you to prioritise either passenger or luggage space. While the seatback splits 60/40, the seats don’t slide back and forth separately, though.

As for the T-Roc, its bench doesn’t slide and it, too, has 60/40-split seatbacks, but you do get a ski hatch that you can stick long items through, plus a central armrest for those in the back.

The T-Roc has a usefully bigger boot, swallowing seven carry-on suitcases to the T-Cross’s five (with its rear bench all the way back). A variable-height boot floor is standard on both cars, so you can maximise space or reduce the load lip, making it easier to heave heavy items up and in.

Boot space

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross boot

Boot 385-1281 litres Suitcases 5 (with rear seats right back)

Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc boot

Boot 445-1290 litres Suitcases 7

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