What's the used Skoda Karoq estate like?
What’s in a name? The Skoda Karoq’s is a particularly odd one and might have seemed contentious given the popularity of its predecessor, the far from abominable Yeti.
But the Karoq is a different kind of car to the Yeti – larger and more conventional, both inside and out. Happily, though, the Karoq’s primary brief is practicality – so it retains the smart touches and versatility that made the 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.
The boot, meanwhile, isn’t the biggest in the class, but it is very well shaped, which means you can carry a useful amount in it. And if you don’t choose a car with the VarioFlex seating, your consolation prize is an adjustable boot floor that gives you a hidden space beneath the cover for smaller items.