The Skoda Karoq is a spacious family car with a big boot. It’s easy to drive and comfortable – so long as you avoid the big wheels – but Edition models are expensive
The Skoda Karoq is a fine family car with a high driving position, impressive amounts of passenger space for its size and a big boot. It also feels well built for the price and there can be no surprise that the Karoq won the Value Award at the 2018 carwow awards.
One of the other things that’s most impressive about the Karoq is its interior. It’s not particularly flashy, but everything feels very well built. Most of the plastics in your eyeline are soft to the touch and even the harder materials lower in the dashboard look and feel robust.
That’s a good thing, because the Skoda Karoq is designed for a punishing life with the family and it has all the space needed for just such a mission. There’s room for tall adults in the front and the back, and the boot is a healthy size, too.
Top-spec SE L and Editon models get Skoda’s clever Varioflex individual rear seats for better practicality, which aren’t available in the VW Tiguan. They slide back and forwards, recline and can be completely removed if you fancy some posh picnic seats or want a giant load space that’d put a small van to shame.
That said, it drives much better than any van ever will. Entry-level SE models have comfy suspension that only jars over sharp bumps, and the cabin is quiet at a cruise save for a little bit of wind noise coming from the door mirrors. Edition models with their large 19-inch alloy wheels aren’t quite as comfortable as the versions below them in the range.
Just like the Yeti it replaces, the Karoq's rear seats can be removed to give you a massive boot
Anyway, large wheels aren’t really needed when you’re driving a family SUV such as the Skoda Karoq because it grips perfectly well in corners without them. Four-wheel drive, which is only available with the top-of-the-range diesel, is only worth going for if you’re going to use your Karoq for towing.
If that’s not in the plan then the 1.5-litre petrol is a solid bet. It’s pretty quick – although it doesn’t sound very pleasant when you rev it – and should be cheap to run. The 1.0-litre petrol model is fine if you’ll only ever drive in town, but if you venture further afield and want cheap running costs the 150hp diesel is the model to go for.