The 2021 Volkswagen T-Roc Sportline is a very good looking little SUV and in this awesome flash red it gets a lot of looks.
I like cars so that helps but I did find myself saying a lot during our week with the T-Roc “it's a great looking car!”Looks aside, let’s get on to its practicality as a BabyDrive.
The rear seats are funky with their two-tone upholstery, although I am a little nervous of the white contrast edging with my kids!!
We’re not expecting it to fit three child seats across the back seats and it doesn’t. The Volkswagen T-Roc is more suitable for a family of up to four and two child seats fit really nicely in the back seats. We also enjoyed that they are close enough our big kid can reach to hold hands with the little one when she's upset on then journey.
There’s not enough room for a person to sit between the two child seats in the back of the Volkswagen T-Roc and a 182cm driver can just fit in front of a forward-facing child seat but the child in the back has very little leg room. Unless the adults are less than 182cm in height, it will be a struggle with two rear-facing child seats as we found it best to put the rear-facing child seat on the passenger side and then a 182cm passenger can just squeeze in front of it.
We found that legroom was actually better in Volkswagen's smaller SUV, the T-Cross (shown below).
This must be down to the shaping of the front dash in the T-Cross, allowing extra knee room on the front passenger side.
Something else that seemed more practical for families in the smaller VW T-Cross was in the boot (shown below) where the boot floor drops down about 10cm providing a lot of extra space for prams to fit without having to remove the parcel shelf.
In the T-Roc Sportline, model the boot floor doesn’t drop down due to this version having all-wheel-drive and that taking up extra space underneath (less expensive two-wheel-drive models have the drop-down option). This means the boot space of the Volkswagen T-Roc Sportline is small and I'd need to remove the parcel shelf to fit most prams in the boot, so I actually found it not as practical for families as I did the boot of the smaller T-Cross.
A single, double and tandem pram did all just fit in the boot of the Volkswagen T-Roc but with the parcel shelf removed.
When the boot of the T-Roc is empty it will fit ten shopping bags, which is comparable to the Audi Q3 that will hold eleven shopping bags and the same as rivals like the Mazda CX-30, Subaru XV or Nissan Juke.
You would fit a small dog in the boot of the Volkswagen T-Roc with the parcel shelf removed.
So, I found out why it is called the T-Roc and it’s no new type of dinosaur as my daughter suggested! It’s because that’s what your tea does when you put it in the front cup holders! They are the weirdest shape cup holders and not terribly practical for holding reusable or disposable coffee cups, so anything you do put in there rocks around a bit.
Storage is minimal throughout the Volkswagen T-Roc with a tiny central console box and very small door bins in the back. They are more practical in the front and there is a hidden storage drawer underneath the driver's seat, perfect for your phone or wallet when you go to the park or beach.
The media system in the Volkswagen T-Roc is simple and easy to use.
It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard so you can access apps like Spotify and ABC Kids Listen while driving along.
The built-in navigation is straight forward and you can mute the guidance voice easily on the screen, which is great for family journeys if you have a baby asleep in the back.
The navigation also comes up in the drivers display.
The reversing camera image is very clear and crisp.
When it comes to the drive, you are glad you have the Sportline, on the open roads hugs the bends and it is nippy and responsive. Being a small car its turning circle is very tight and is great for around town or suburbs and easy to park in school and supermarket car parks.
The Volkswagen T-Roc has a five star ANCAP safety rating and six airbags. Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags are standard.