SKODA KAROQ Estate driving position
Great news: there’s a wide range of adjustments available, so we reckon you should have no issues getting comfortable, whatever your build. This includes seat height and lumbar adjustment on all trims, and plenty of variance to the steering wheel’s height and reach.
You’ll also enjoy good seat support and a relatively high driving position – although it must be said that the Karoq is no skyscraping Range Rover.
Life is made easier still by well-sighted, sensibly grouped buttons and switches, as well as the ultra-clear instruments.
SKODA KAROQ Estate visibility
A raised driving position combined with thin windscreen pillars and big side windows means visibility out the front or side is at least as good as its best rivals.
Where it’s definitely better than something like a Vauxhall Grandland X or Peugeot 3008 is over-the-shoulder vision. That’s thanks to relatively rare – these days – thin rear pillars, which are a real boon when reversing. As a back-up, all models have rear parking sensors and SE L models gain front sensors plus a rear-view camera as well.
SKODA KAROQ Estate infotainment
An 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system is standard, even on entry-level SE trim, and while that doesn’t include sat-nav it does have SmartLink. This is Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink smartphone interfacing and allows you to operate and view several smartphone apps – including your phone’s sat-nav – via the screen. The screen itself is glass-fronted, with beautifully clear graphics and simple, responsive menus. This makes it much easier to use than the ponderous system in a 3008.
Move up to SE L spec and in-built sat-nav joins the package along with a wi-fi hotspot, while top-of-the-range Edition trim boosts the screen size to 9.2in and adds wireless charging and gesture control. The latter is designed to let you swipe in mid-air to scroll through things such as music playlists; in truth, it’s a gimmick that’s trickier to master than alchemy, so it’s far better to physically swipe the screen instead.
Another feature that’s available is infotainment online. This is subscription-based and standard from SE L grade, connecting the car to the internet so you get live traffic, weather and news reports. You also get an SOS button for quick access to emergency assistance; it will pinpoint your exact location for the operators, too.
Meanwhile, rear-seat passengers can be kept amused with the aid of a couple of tablet holders. It’s a cheap option that we’d recommend adding if you have young children.
The standard stereo comprises eight speakers offering reasonable sound quality, but there’s an upgraded Canton system with 10 speakers and 550W that might appeal more to music lovers.
SKODA KAROQ Estate build quality
Determined to ensure that the Karoq has a distinct Skoda identity, the brand’s design team has come up with an interior that is far removed from both the Seat Ateca’s and Volkswagen Tiguan's.
Borrowing styling cues from the Kodiaq, the Karoq’s dashboard feels more modern than those of the Tiguan and Ateca, while a few metal and piano black trims add a touch of class. You’ll find plenty of squishy plastics atop the dashboard and doors, while harder materials lower down still carry a good sheen.
It is not just the finish that’s good; everything fits well, too. This lends the Karoq an air of solidity and imparts a confidence that it’ll see out the rigours of family life.
We have to say, though, that as good as it is the Karoq still doesn’t have the wow factor of the 3008 inside.