Munich, 22. September 2011 – we are on the road in the vw rockton. Do not you know? This is the designation for the all-terrain vehicle among the numerous variants of the vw t5 available from the factory. With all-wheel drive, a strong chassis and massive underbody protection, the car should be able to handle well off the pavement. We put it to the test.
High and hard to park
Because of its all-terrain chassis, the rockton towers just over two meters – too high for some car washes and parking garages. If also a trailer hitch is mounted (1969 euro), not even parking sensors are available from the factory – also none for the front. Due to the attachment block of the trailer coupling, there is no more room for the sensor system. We can only strongly recommend the purchase of a rear view camera (601 euro), as there are no side windows in the back. The underbody of our car is protected by five-millimeter-thick aluminum plates (3200 euro) – a very useful equipment in the off-road, as we will notice later. The expedition version of the rockton comes with 16-inch steel rims as standard, and their black paint job matches the rugged exterior well.
Contemporaries accustomed to passenger cars were initially allowed to rub their eyes: the gigantic cabin of our rockton is primarily about ruggedness and practicality. The seats, for example, are upholstered in a particularly dirt-resistant material that is not bad to the touch. The two seats in the second row can be moved from front to back on aluminum rails. Each additional seat costs 660 euros. Three chairs fit side by side in the second row, two in the third. If the fastening screws are loosened with a tool, the seats can either be moved or removed completely. This allows optimum use of the up to 2.57-meter-long cargo area. By the way: an airplane trolley fits between the two front seats.
The front seats offer little lateral support, but they are very comfortable. We can drive for hours on them without getting tired. The three-seater chair in the second row in our car wobbles a bit during the journey and also blocks the view to the rear window. There is no lateral support at all, and you feel as if you were sitting alone in a barren hall. The nice thing about the interior: the aluminum rails in the floor make it easy to dismantle the car on your own. At the rear left, however, the spare wheel with its monstrous holder takes up some space. To do without this is not recommended, especially for off-road drivers.