The VW T-Roc comes with loads of high-tech goodies as standard but some of the plastics in its cabin feel cheap and some eye-catching trim pieces cost extra
Everything in the Volkswagen T-Roc’s interior is logically laid out and easy to reach. You’ll have no trouble tweaking the simple heating controls on the centre console or swiping through the standard eight-inch touchscreen’s colourful and responsive menus.
Pick an SE or Design model if you want to brighten up the cabin. SE versions come with oak wood-style inserts on the dashboard and centre console while Design cars get a choice of bright yellow, orange or blue trims across the dashboard, centre console and doors.
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The VW T-Roc’s cabin might look smart but it feels a little cheap in places – especially the plastics on the doors, around the centre console and on top of the dashboard.
Things don’t really improve in range-topping SE L cars. You get the same cheap-feeling trims and unremarkable grey plastics as SE models and leather seats will set you back a fair bit of extra cash. Fancy these seats in cheaper SE or Design cars? They’ll cost even more.
If you want to liven up the SE L’s interior you’ll want to pick the optional Sport pack. It isn’t particularly expensive and comes with more supportive front seats, stainless steel pedals, a black roof lining instead of the standard grey one and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. It’s not particularly earth-shattering stuff but does help the VW T-Roc feel much more upmarket than the likes of the more affordable Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic.
The VW T-Roc might sound like a Yorkshire version of Alcatraz, but there’s nothing prison-like about this VW’s interior – even entry-level cars come with loads of tasty high-tech kit
All VW T-Rocs come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system nestled snugly in the dashboard. It doesn’t stand proud like the iPad-like display you get in the Hyundai Kona but it’s brighter and sharper so it’s dead easy to glance at quickly while you drive along.
Sadly it doesn’t come with any physical shortcut buttons to help you switch between key features on the move. You do get some dedicated touch-sensitive keys beside the screen but they’re more fiddly to press than the chunky buttons in a Stonic or Kona.
That isn’t to say the VW T-Roc’s system is difficult to use – slightly awkward buttons aside, it’s one of the most intuitive infotainment systems around and its high-resolution display is super responsive. The menus are sensibly laid out and you get Bluetooth connectivity for your phone as standard.
Unfortunately, satellite navigation only comes as part of the upgraded Discover Navigation system you get in SE L models. It’s a doddle to input a postcode using the on-screen keyboard and it delivers clear, easy-to-follow directions – it’ll even calculate three routes for you to choose from based on journey time, total distance and fuel cost.
If you don’t fancy upgrading to a top-spec car but still want sat nav, you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring to access your phone’s navigation apps through the VW T-Roc’s built-in screen instead. This feature is standard on all but entry-level S cars and even lets you stream media from apps such as Spotify through the car’s stereo.
Speaking of stereos, you might want to consider the 400W Beats audio upgrade if you’re serious about sound quality. It’s not particularly expensive and adds some serious punch to the standard car’s rather weedy 80W. Unfortunately you can’t get it in entry-level S cars.
Sadly, the VW T-Roc’s excellent Active Info Display (a high-resolution 10.3-inch digital screen that replaces conventional analogue dials) is only standard on top-spec SE L models. It’s a slightly expensive option on other versions, but it works in a similar fashion to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit and lets you customise the display to show some large digital dials or a full-screen sat-nav map instead.