If you're in the market for a crossover that combines style, performance and German engineering, the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO R-Line 5dr DSG could be your ideal ride. The award-winning compact SUV has been turning heads on British roads and marries the efficiency of the bestselling Golf with the grit of models like the Tiguan and Taigo.
Of course, navigating the crossover SUV market can be as challenging as a tight bend in the Yorkshire Dales. That’s why, along with the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback, we’re spotlighting some top-notch alternatives, each with its own unique appeal. From the Hyundai Kona to the Mazda CX-30, we've got the lowdown on the best crossovers comparable to the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback.
Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO R-Line 5dr DSG
Let’s kick things off with the star of the show, the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO R-Line 5dr DSG. This crossover combines German precision with a punchy 1.5 TSI engine for a dynamic driving experience. With 150 bhp under the hood, it sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 8.4 seconds and hits a top speed of 129 mph. Pretty impressive for a compact SUV.
The DSG transmission ensures smooth gear changes, a feature that enhances the overall driving experience. On the efficiency front, it boasts a combined MPG of around 47 and CO2 emissions of 135 g/km. Priced at just under £34,000, it's a solid investment for those seeking a blend of performance, quality and economy.
Shifting gear from German engineering to South Korean innovation, the Hyundai Kona is a formidable opponent. The model is more than just a crossover – a redesigned exterior makes the Kona a genuine style statement. For this comparison, we’ll focus on the newly launched 1.0T Advance 5dr, a trim level that sets the stage for Hyundai's commitment to class, comfort and performance.
Equipped with a 1.0T engine with 120 bhp, the Hyundai Kona accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in a respectable 11.8 seconds. While it doesn’t break any speed records and may seem sluggish compared to the more powerful Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback, the Kona compensates with a smooth and responsive ride. This makes it an ideal companion for urban adventures.
In the efficiency department, the Kona 1.0T Advance 5dr holds its ground with a combined MPG of 48.7 and CO2 emissions of 131 g/km.
With a starting price of approximately £25,725, the Hyundai Kona proves that style and substance don’t need to break the bank. The model is an appealing option if you’re looking to make a statement but don’t want to compromise on performance.
Staying within the Volkswagen family, the T-Cross is a compact SUV that doesn’t skimp on performance. With nimble handling and a punchy engine, the 1.5 TSI EVO SEL 5dr DSG trim level is fair competition to the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback.
The T-Cross boasts a 1.5 TSI engine with 150 bhp. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 8.5 seconds, putting it right up there with the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback in terms of performance. The compact size and responsive steering make it a pleasure to navigate through busy city streets. And of course, there’s plenty of power under the hood when you hit the open road.
In the efficiency arena, the T-Cross shines with a combined MPG of 47.9 and CO2 emissions of 134 g/km. It not only promises a thrilling ride but also keeps fuel consumption in check, making it a practical choice for both urban and rural lifestyles.
With a starting price of approximately £29,555, the VW T-Cross positions itself as a relatively affordable addition to the compact SUV market. Yes, there are cheaper models out there. But considering the specs, £29,555 is a great deal.
The SEAT Arona enters the ring as a crossover that captures the spirit of Spain. It’s stylish and spacious but doesn’t hold back on practical features. We’ll be focusing on the 1.5 TSI 150 FR 5dr DSG for this comparison.
Powered by a 1.5 TSI engine producing 150 bhp, the SEAT Arona accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in approximately 8.4 seconds. This spirited performance puts it in the same class as the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback. It also ensures the Arona is well-suited for both urban commutes and highway drives. Thinking of venturing off the beaten track? Well-tuned suspension ensures a comfortable ride, even on rough surfaces.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Arona impresses with a combined MPG of 49.6 and CO2 emissions of 129 g/km. If you want the best of both worlds when it comes to performance and economy, the SEAT Arona is a great pick.
With a starting price of around £27,000 the SEAT Arona offers fantastic value for money. Opt for a slightly less powerful engine and the price drops significantly.
From American auto giant Ford comes the Puma, a compact crossover inspired by the bestselling Fiesta. The model reimagines of what a crossover can be with bold styling, mild hybrid efficiency and loads of tech. For this comparison, we’ll spotlight the 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid mHEV ST-Line 5dr trim level.
Under the hood, the Ford Puma features a 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid engine, delivering 125 bhp. The mild-hybrid technology enhances efficiency without compromising on performance. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in around 9.8 seconds, with a top speed of 119 mph.
The Puma stands out with its hybrid efficiency, boasting a combined MPG of 52.3 and CO2 emissions of 123 g/km. It’s a smart choice if you prioritise fuel economy and want to keep your environmental footprint as low as possible, without sacrificing on-road performance.
With a starting price of approximately £26,590, the Ford Puma won’t break the bank.
Toyota Yaris Cross
From the pioneers of hybrid technology comes the Yaris Cross. This compact crossover inherits the eco-friendly credential of the Yaris while embracing the versatility of a crossover SUV. One of the biggest changes is an extra 90mm of height. Our focus is on the 1.5 Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT for this comparison.
A 1.5-litre hybrid engine with a total output of 116 bhp takes the Toyota Yaris Cross from 0 to 62 mph in approximately 11.2 seconds. It’s not as fast as the T-Roc but is more than capable of getting up to speed on the motorway. Plus, CVT transmission ensures a smooth driving experience, no matter what your speed.
Unsurprisingly, the Yaris Cross excels in fuel efficiency with a combined MPG of 64.2 and CO2 emissions of 100 g/km. This sets a benchmark for eco-friendly driving in the compact crossover category.
With a starting price of just under £25,000, the Toyota Yaris Cross offers serious value for money when it comes to hybrid technology.
The CX-30 is a compact crossover that blends Japanese style with responsive driving dynamics. In terms of size, it sits somewhere between the CX-3 and CX-5, making it perfect for city commutes and longer trips. Despite having a beefier engine, the 2.0 e-Skyactiv G MHEV Prime-Line 5dr is a good comparison to the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback.
Equipped with a 2.0 Skyactiv-G MHEV engine, the CX-30 delivers 122 bhp for a thrilling driving experience. Put your foot down and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 10.6 seconds.
Mazda prioritises efficiency, and the CX-30 reflects this with a combined MPG of 47.9 and CO2 emissions of 134 g/km. If you’re looking for a crossover that combines style and economy, it’s hard to look past the CX-30.
With a starting price of just over £25,000, the Mazda CX-30 positions itself as an affordable option in the compact crossover segment.
Which crossover is right for you?
There’s certainly no shortage of choice in the world of compact crossovers. In terms of performance, the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO R-Line 5dr DSG stands out with a powerful engine and impressive acceleration. That said, the alternatives definitely bring their own strengths to the table.
The Hyundai Kona offers bold styling and affordable pricing, while the VW T-Cross promises premium German engineering without an eye-watering RRP. The Seat Arona brings Spanish flavour to the UK crossover market and the Ford Puma redefines the classic American crossover. From Japan come the Toyota Yaris Cross and Mazda CX-30, both with their own unique selling points.
Ultimately, the right choice depends on your priorities. Do you value speed and performance, fuel efficiency or a balance of both? Price also comes into the mix, which is where the Volkswagen T-Roc Hatchback really steps up. At Leasing Options we’ve just secured an industry-leading deal on the coveted model, meaning there’s never been a better time to get behind the wheel of the German crossover.