Bad Dad ’Roq

Good­bye Skoda Karoq

Top Gear (UK) - - GARAGE | AWARDS 2018 - OWEN NOR­RIS

As the Karoq de­parts the

TG fleet, it’s time for me to wave good­bye and to de­liver judge­ment on whether I’d give my hard-earned cash for the lit­tle Czech SUV. So I’ve de­cided to rate it against the three things I look for in a car. Which are: the abil­ity to trans­port my fam­ily in a safe way, with enough space and be fun to drive.

Be­ing a fam­ily car is what the Karoq does best. There’s plenty of handy touches like the door bin, um­brella and boot hooks go­ing on, but the most im­por­tant would be the Var­i­oflex seat­ing sys­tem where the rear seats slide, re­cline and fold for­ward in­de­pen­dently, which is very use­ful if you have chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages.

Un­for­tu­nately the driv­ing po­si­tion is the one thing that would stop me buy­ing this car. I got used to it but it was never com­fort­able for me on long jour­neys. The ped­als are set too far into the cabin, and I couldn’t move the seat and steer­ing wheel into a po­si­tion where it worked for me. Get my feet comfy and the steer­ing wheel was too far away and there wasn’t enough room be­hind for my lads’ feet. Or get the steer­ing wheel right and room for a small hu­man and then my an­kle ached. In ad­di­tion, the ride is too firm on these huge wheels, and it’s also not re­motely in­ter­est­ing to drive. The park­ing sen­sors also went off with such reg­u­lar­ity that it be­came a boy-who-cried­wolf sit­u­a­tion. I just didn’t trust them.

Whereas the old Yeti used to stand out from the crowd, the Karoq blends into the un­de­ni­ably very smart and well-built small VAG SUV crowd. Ver­dict: a no from me.

Legroom for lanky five-year-olds isn’t great with my six­foot frame in front

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.