Volkswagen T-Roc SUV - Interior & comfort
The VW T-Roc interior matches the Golf for comfort, if not for quality
A car that looks as good as the T-Roc needs a similarly funky interior – thankfully, VW has provided. A small SUV should offer enough space for small families and feel a little more comfortable than the equivalent hatchback, too – something VW seems to have pulled off. There’s decent head and legroom all round, with enough space for two six-foot tall passengers to sit one behind the other thanks to generous VW T-Roc dimensions.
Ride quality is at its smoothest on 17-inch alloy wheels. If you'd rather the more distinctive looks of the bigger wheels, it's worth going for the all-round adaptive dampers that come as part of the Dynamic Chassis Control system, although even that won't smother the very sharpest of potholes.
The car’s interior is quiet at a cruise – you soon realise that the only reason you can clearly hear the wind rushing past the mirrors and windscreen is that the engine and tyres are so quiet.
Volkswagen T-Roc dashboard
The T-Roc may not look quite so imaginative inside as it does externally, but the sharply-shaped dashboard is more stylish than most other Volkswagen offerings, and is jazzed up with body-coloured trim inserts on some trim levels.
We're a little disappointed, though, by some of the materials. Although the textures used are very attractive to look at, every surface is hard to the touch and this comes as something of a surprise after years of praising the soft-touch materials that have become expected of Volkswagen models and are even commonplace elsewhere in the VW Group – Skoda and SEAT models both have more tactile finishes to their dashboards.
Everything is very solidly assembled, though, with no obvious creaks or groans, it's just a shame that the smart looks of the interior are let down by the way it feels.
The T-Roc is available in seven trim levels: S, SE, United, Black Edition Design, SEL and R-Design. S includes now-essential features like Bluetooth, digital radio and all-round electric windows, plus dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. Standard SE equipment is fairly generous, with the eight-inch infotainment system gaining Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other standard features include a rear central armrest and ski hatch, parking sensors, power-folding and heated door mirrors, roof rails and adaptive cruise control. A leather gearknob and steering wheel are also standard.
The United model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, ’UNITED’ badging and a matching welcome light. The Black Edition trim merely adds a number of black styling pieces, including a darkened finish to the wheels, front grille, window surrounds, side skirts and door mirror surrounds. It also gets black exhaust tailpipes, LED headlights, daytime running lights and grey contrast stitching throughout the interior.
Design specification is largely an exercise in aesthetics, with a choice of contrasting roof colours, chrome exhaust pipes, tinted rear windows, sportier bumper styling outside and a choice of coloured trim for the dashboard inside, along with LED reading lights, Illuminated front footwells and ambient lighting. Design trim also adds a useful Driver Alert System that warns of driver fatigue.
SEL models get 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, an uprated infotainment system with sat nav and the Active Info Display screen that replaces traditional dials. Also included is three years' access to the Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ service, which provides information on traffic, fuel prices, weather and more via the internet. Car-Net ‘Security & Service’ is also included, which among other features includes an emergency call system that can automatically alert the emergency services after a crash and connect to a dedicated app on your smartphone to control some car functions.
R-Line brings a much sportier look, with lowered suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, unique badging and a body kit. There’s also heated front sports seats and heated washer jets.
The T-Roc offers a vast range of options, with Volkswagen being particularly keen to facilitate personalisation. A range of 17 and 18-inch wheels is available (ranging from around £200 to £600), which can also be paired with the Dynamic Chassis Control system (around £1,000), which gives a choice of driving modes and suspension settings. Sports suspension is a cheaper option for keener drivers, offering a lower ride height and progressive steering to improve cornering (around £400). LED headlights, if not fitted, are a nigh-on £900 option, while front foglights cost £250.
Leather heated sports seats cost around £2,000, while a similarly heated steering wheel can be added for around £125 (or around twice as much if you want steering-wheel mounted paddles for a T-Roc with an automatic gearbox).
SEL cars get Volkswagen’s Active Info Display as standard, a 10.3-inch TFT screen that replaces the car’s traditional dials behind the steering wheel. The display shows everything from speed to sat-nav directions and can be easily adjusted to your preferences. It’s available on other models as an option (roughly £400) – we think it’s definitely worth the money, especially if sat nav is fitted (costing around £1,100, or standard on SEL models).