Volkswagen T-Roc 2018 boot

Volkswagen T-Roc review

Passenger & boot space

Manufacturer price from:£20,040
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

It’s unlikely that anyone will take a front seat in 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.

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The T-Roc also offers a large centre cubby that can be upgraded to feature wireless phone-charging. You also 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 driving seat does slide back a little farther – handy if you have really long legs.

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 is far short of that offered by the Countryman. In fact, it even trails the cheaper Seat Arona.

For those 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 a trio of 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.

Volkswagen T-Roc 2018 boot

Seat folding and flexibility

While folding rear seats come as standard, they're split 60/40 rather than in the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement provided by the Countryman and Q2.

What’s more, unlike the Countryman, the T-Roc isn’t available with rear seats that slide so you can set a balance between rear leg room and luggage space. They don't recline, either.

Electric front seats aren't available, but driver and passenger can enjoy adjustable lumbar support for a small charge.

Boot space

The T-Roc’s boot is a practical, square shape, and at 445-litres (392 litres on four-wheel-drive 4Motion models) it’s slightly larger than the Q2's and the Arona's. To prove the point, we fitted six carry-on suitcases in the T-Roc: one more than we managed to fit in the Arona. If you think you’ll need more space, both the Countryman and Citroën C3 Aircross have bigger boots: we squeezed seven cases into the latter.

When raised, the standard height-adjustable boot floor that features on front-wheel drive versions minimises the tailgate load lip and flattens out the step left by the rear seats when they’re folded flat. You lose the adjustable floor if you opt for a four-wheel drive model.

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