Space & practicality

Volkswagen T-Roc review

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Volkswagen T-Roc
8 Nov 2017 16:20 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 9:51

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC Hatchback front space

It’s unlikely that anyone will get into the front of the T-Roc and find they don’t have enough room. Not only do the seats slide back a long way, they drop low enough to give those long in the body plenty of head room. As for width, you certainly won’t be clashing elbows with the person next to you.

The T-Roc also offers a large centre cubby that can be upgraded to feature wireless phone-charging. Plus, you get wide door pockets and additional storage under the front armrest. All in all, it beats the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman on front space, although the latter’s driver’s seat does slide back a little farther – handy if you have really long legs.

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC Hatchback rear space

Although rear head room in the T-Roc is decent (assuming you haven’t opted for a panoramic roof), leg room is less impressive. It matches the mechanically similar Q2, but it is nowhere near the Countryman and even trails the cheaper Seat Arona.

If you’re planning to carry three in the back, the T-Roc is broader than a Q2 or Arona, but is still a bit of a squeeze for adults. As for storage space, there are pockets on the backs of the front seats and space for a can of drink in each rear door.

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VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC Hatchback seating flexibility

While folding rear seats come as standard, these are split 60/40 rather than in the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement offered in the Countryman and Q2.

What’s more, unlike the Countryman, the T-Roc isn’t available with rear seats that slide to let you change the balance between rear leg room and luggage space.

Electric front seats aren't available, but adjustable lumbar support for both front seats is available for a small charge.

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC Hatchback boot space

The T-Roc’s boot is a practical, square shape. Plus, its 445-litre capacity (392 litres on four-wheel-drive 4Motion models) makes it slightly larger than the Q2's and Arona's, if not quite as big as a Countryman's.

The standard height-adjustable boot floor that features on front-wheel-drive versions lets you minimise the load lip that you have to heave luggage over and flatten out the step up to the rear seats when they’re folded flat. If you opt to have all four wheels driven, there’s a tiny internal lip but no option to lower the floor.

Even with the rear seats in place, front-wheel-drive T-Rocs will swallow six carry-on suitcases. That's one fewer than a Citroën C3 Aircross will take but one up on an Arona.


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