Volkswagen T-Roc review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
It's Golf-sized on the outside, but the T-Roc offers more space inside. It’s comfortable, too, in spite of the sporty drive
The T-Roc does the family stuff pretty much as well as a Golf, if not a touch better with slightly raised seating positions all round. A six-foot tall passenger can sit behind a six-foot tall driver in comfort.
There’s decent width across the back seats, too, so seating five inside isn’t too much of a struggle. The T-Roc also boasts doors that open reasonably wide and a higher seating position than in a standard hatch, which will make getting in an out or fitting a child seat easier. The view out is good for those in the back, too.
If you’re in the front you’ll have no complaints about space or comfort, with seats and a steering wheel that are all multi-adjustable for the perfect driving position. With the T-Roc’s fairly conventional crossover shape, visibility out of the front, rear and side windows is absolutely fine from the driver’s seat, while the chunky C-pillars don’t create as much of a blind spot as, say, an Audi Q2.
It takes up about the same space on the road as a Golf, but there’s more space inside the T-Roc and the view out is better. Against the tape measure, the T-Roc is 4,234mm long, making it 252mm shorter than the Tiguan – the next model up in Volkswagen’s SUV line-up. It’s actually slightly shorter than a Golf too, though only by a whisker. With a width of 1,819mm and a height of 1,573mm though, it’s wider and taller than the hatchback.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Inside there’s plenty of space for four people – five can fit for shorter trips - with decent rear head and legroom even for taller adults sitting in the back behind similarly-sized people in the front. The SUV proportions mean there’s no problem with headroom either.
The boot offers 445 litres of luggage space, considerably more than the 380 litres in a Golf. It’s a nice square shape with a level loading lip to make getting heavy loads in easy, while the rear seats fold easily in a 60:40 split to reveal a useful 1,290 litres of overall capacity. The floor can also be mounted in two positions, creating hidden stoarge underneath when you create a level floor, or a deeper single load area for large loads.
Those looking to maximise practicality should avoid the 4MOTION system though. Adding the all-wheel-drive setup eats into boot space, resulting in a shallow loading area just 392 litres in size.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen T-Roc reviewThe T-Roc Golf-based SUV is fun to drive, great to look at and family friendly – but cabin quality is most un-VW-like
- 2Engines, performance and driveEngine choice is broad, while the T-Roc provides a spirited drive without being uncomfortable. It’s an ideal, fun, urban runaround
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsLatest VW engines are strong all-rounders offering refinement, performance and decent running costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyStylish inside and out with plenty of hi-tech options, but there are some cheap plastics considering the price
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingIt's Golf-sized on the outside, but the T-Roc offers more space inside. It’s comfortable, too, in spite of the sporty drive
- 6Reliability and SafetyStrong safety is one of the big benefits of using the VW group’s MQB platform – there’s plenty of safety tech and even more on the options list