Despite being smaller than a Skoda Karoq, the ASX feels adequately roomy in the front, but not class leading. Providing you’re not well north of six-feet tall you should find enough head and leg room, but if you are especially lofty you’ll find the Seat Ateca more generously accommodating all round. Access is good, thanks to wide door openings; but we’d avoid the head room munching panoramic roof if you are over six foot tall.
Storage opportunities pass muster, too. The glovebox is a sensible size, as is the cubby under the central armrest. There are also two cup holders next to the gearlever, and another one in front of it, but the door bins are narrow and will only take a small bottle of water.
The ASX is one of the smaller cars in our family SUV class, and this really shows in the rear. It’s fine for average-sized adults, but anyone tall will find that their head brushes the roof lining – something exacerbated by the panoramic roof that’s standard on Dynamic trim. A shortage of leg room could be a concern, too, if there’s a six-foot plus driver behind the wheel.
On the plus side, the rear seat is quite wide so sitting three abreast is possible, as long as all concerned can accept that there will be a bit of shoulder rubbing. It’s a shame that rear passengers don’t get door bins in which to stow their odds and sods, but the fold-down central armrest does contain a couple of cup holders. Overall, though; not only does the Karoq have more oddment storage, but it’s more spacious, too.
Seat folding and flexibility
The standard 60/40-split rear seats are a welcome asset, but they don’t offer quite the versatility of some rivals whose rear seats split in a 40/20/40 fashion. Unlike the Vauxhall Mokka X, though, there’s no need to flip up the rear seat bases before folding the backrests: simply pull the release levers and they tip forward to leave an unobstructed, flat load area.
The rear seats don’t slide or recline, mind, and there is no option of a folding front passenger seat to suit those occasions when you need to carry really long items. All versions provide the front passenger with height adjustment, though.
There’s 442 litres of load volume with all the seats in place, and the ASX’s boot is the same length as the Seat Ateca’s. All this means you’ll have no problem accommodating that large family shop or a fold-up pram – helped in part by the little sections of added width that are created by recesses near the tailgate opening.
Lifting the tailgate reveals a nice, wide aperture with only a small lip from the bottom of the tailgate opening to the boot floor. This means you won’t struggle too much lifting in those big, heavy loads, and the rear seats can be folded almost flat to create a stepless load deck for longer loads. Meanwhile, under the boot floor you’ll find a decent amount of storage to separate loose or delicate items.