Skoda’s other fam­ily holdall

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­

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

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