Skoda’s other family holdall
THE Karoq is available with a wide range of engines and some models come with four-wheel drive (4WD) as standard.
However, those powered by the excellent 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, as mine was, are front-wheel drive and it’s all 90% of drivers will need.
I thought that even with 115bhp from the little threecylinder engine, it might not have enough power to haul the weight around but I was completely wrong.
Acceleration through the gears is very good, without ever becoming startling and it can hold its own up a reasonably steep hill in sixth gear.
It was a brilliant companion for a 200-mile cross-country trip – comfortable and refined, nippy and quiet.
In fact, it really is an excellent all rounder and very accomplished in all things.
As well as the decent performance, it managed 42mpg while I had it, which is well up with the petrol competition.
The seats offer great support through the corners and they’re also comfortable over longer journeys.
And the interior is bigger than you might expect, since this is the smaller of the two Skoda SUVs, with plenty of seat and legroom for five to travel in comfort.
The boot is also big, so it will take all a family’s baggage without a problem.
In lowest SE trim, it is very well equipped, with cruise control, Bluetooth, climate control and alloy wheels, as well as a DAB stereo that gives access to Apple Carplay and Android Auto through Skoda’s Smartlink system.
It has electric folding heated mirrors, automatic emergency braking, automatic wipers and headlights and parking sensors at the rear.
This Skoda Karoq is enough car for many families and could be good enough to eclipse the others in the range.
The Skoda Karoq 1.0 SE I drove costs £20,880.
Skoda Karoq 1.0 SE