Skoda Karoq review – fit for purpose - Interior and tech

Skoda’s new small SUV is certainly capable, but lacks the character and spirit of its Yeti predecessor

Evo rating
Price
from £20,880
  • Excellent, well-sorted controls; thoughtful interior gadgets; compact dimensions
  • Fun factor is absent; similar SEAT Ateca is more affordable

Interior and tech

In typical Skoda form the Karoq is stuffed to the gunwales with useful pockets, holders, cubbyholes and gadgets to make any task that you might perform in the car, other than driving, as easy as possible. There’s a clip on the windscreen to hold parking tickets, a removable torch in the boot and an umbrella under the rear seats as standard.

A few extras can make it even easier to live with, like a bin with a liner in the door pocket, a heated windscreen, a boot that opens if you wave your foot underneath the rear bumper, as well as foldable tables and tablet holders for the rear passengers.

The interior is definitely functional, and it looks it. There’s very little decoration or embellishment on the inside of the Karoq, but it’s far from offensive and it’s pleasant enough space to spend time.

You do get a good range of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel, and there's a definite VW Group logic to the placement of all the controls, whether major or minor. Some may find the seats themselves a little too firm, but they're also well-shaped so long journeys can be undertaken comfortably. Skoda's infotainment system is easy to fathom too, even if it's not quite at the cutting edge of the market.

Most Popular

Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera v Mercedes-AMG
Features

Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head

Which 600bhp wagon is the current super-estate king? It‘s time to find out as the Audi RS6 Avant takes on Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turi…
8 May 2021
2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI set for reveal next month
2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI
Volkswagen Polo GTI

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI set for reveal next month

Following hot on the heels of the ordinary Polo, Volkswagen has given us our first look at the 2022 Polo GTI
10 May 2021
BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?
Crop X5 M Competition
BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?

In many ways critically flawed, but there is something oddly captivating about its unerring focus
7 May 2021