What's the used Skoda Karoq estate like?
What’s in a name? The Skoda Karoq’s has always been a particularly odd one and might have seemed contentious given the popularity of its predecessor, the far from abominable Skoda Yeti. But viewed within the context of the other SUVs in Skoda's range, the smaller Skoda Kamiq and the larger Skoda Kodiaq, it makes a great deal of sense.
As does the car itself. The Karoq is a terrific car, being good to drive, comfortable to ride in and smart and well-finished inside. Its primary brief has always been practicality, though – so it retains the smart touches and versatility that made the older Yeti so popular.
To drive, the Karoq is very pleasant. It isn’t quite as sharp in the handling department as the Seat Ateca with which it shares a platform, but it’s tidier and more agile than its other platform-mate, the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Karoq comes up trumps for comfort, with a well-judged ride that smoothes off all but the harshest bumps around town and becomes delightfully plush at higher speeds. Diesel engines can get a little boomy, mind you, so we reckon the quieter, sprightlier petrols are the most pleasant to drive.
The Karoq’s greatest asset, however, is its interior. The Karoq’s is smart and beautifully built; admittedly, it lacks the sense of occasion of the Peugeot 3008, but it’s still a great place to spend time. There’s loads of room for both driver and front-seat passenger, combined with an excellent driving position.
Things get even better further back because the rear doors open nice and wide and the rear bench is pretty spacious. If you choose an SE L or Edition, you get a fantastically useful 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat – or the option to remove the rear seats entirely to maximise boot space. This system was also available as part of the VarioFlex package on SE and SE Technology models.