Skoda Karoq

Colum­bus sat-nav Stan­dard Key fea­tures: Con­nec­tiv­ity, Wifi hotspot

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Top-spec Edi­tion trim gets Skoda’s most ad­vanced Colum­bus 9.2-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem as stan­dard, boast­ing a re­ally strong level of kit.

There’s Wifi hotspot ca­pa­bil­ity with con­nected ser­vices, wire­less phone charg­ing, Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto, as well as ges­ture con­trol that lets you change the vol­ume or ra­dio sta­tion with the swish of a fin­ger in mid-air; it’s a techy touch, but one that doesn’t al­ways work so re­li­ably.

The bright screen, sharp graph­ics and sim­ple menu lay­out make the sys­tem easy to use on the move, but it’s a shame the glossy screen picks up fin­ger­prints. Still, it’s eas­ily the most log­i­cal and ad­vanced set-up of the three in this test, high­light­ing an­other area where Skoda is ahead of its newer ri­vals. The Colum­bus sys­tem moves be­tween menus faster and gen­er­ally feels slicker than its com­peti­tors’ units.

Screen Big­gest screen here pro­vides clear view and choice of modes for the stan­dard sat-nav. Menus are easy to op­er­ate, and smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity is im­pres­sive

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