The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A great family affordable SUV

Starting price: £21,885

Pros

3 boosters in the rear

Very large boot

1 x front passenger ISOFIX point

Boot fits a travel system/pushchair

360 camera (optional extra)

Fridge in glovebox

Cons

Cup holders could be better positioned

Pushchair fits but is not flat

Intro

It is clear to see why the Skoda Karoq has won “What Car? 2021 Best family SUV for practicality.” It’s a great medium SUV with lots of perks at a very affordable price.  There are 6 trims in this model; SE, SE Technology, SE Drive, SE L, SE Sportline and SE Edition.  We drove the SE L in automatic, the most popular, and we were informed that most people do not opt for any of the lesser trims.  

It was a comfortable, easy drive and being an SUV, it was great to be high up on the road providing excellent visibility.  Cruise control comes as standard making longer journeys a pleasant experience for all the family. 

Interior

The interior of the Skoda Karoq is slick and stylish.  All the controls are within easy reach of the wheel and logically laid out.  The 8 inch central touchscreen sits high on the dashboard allowing for a mere glance whilst driving.  It is simple to navigate and has the all-important smartphone integration, meaning your phone’s apps can be accessed via the touchscreen.  Dual climate control comes as standard and there are also vents in the back to warm the little ones up or keep them cool.

The mirrors are a good size providing great road visibility. Front and rear parking sensors come as standard, but if a rear camera is a priority, then anything from the SE drive would suit.  However, our favourite feature in cars is a 360° birds eye view camera, which makes parking in any space a piece of cake.  If this is on your must have list, it’ll set you back a further £590 and is only available in combination with purchasing other features.  You also need to buy lane assist and blind spot detect for £950, an electric boot for £530 and the interior light package £360.  We have no idea why Skoda need you to buy all these additional extras in order to gain the camera, but in total you’ll have to spend a whopping £2,430!! Maybe not!

Seats & Passenger Space

The synthetic seats are comfortable and come with a stain guard, however leather is an optional extra if you want to be able to wipe spills and crumbs off the seats quickly. There is plenty of leg room in the front for the driver and passenger and 3 adults could sit comfortably in the back. There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench and 3 booster seats (2 large and 1 smaller booster in the centre) fit easily across the back seats, meaning it is perfect for car shares and playdates.  A front passenger ISOFIX point is an optional extra if required as is heated front and rear seats to keep you warm in the winter months.

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 slightly odd shaped cup holders in between the driver and passenger seats, which we could just about squeeze a water bottle into.  For the children, we absolutely love the fold away trays (aeroplane style) with additional cup holders for water bottles.  Great for long journeys, these can help keep the little ones occupied and entertained – which as we know, makes our life easier!  There is plenty of storage space in the door bins, but a fabulous feature is the fact that the glove box doubles up as a small fridge!  So keeping snacks or picnics cool and fresh is possible without the need for those cool bags.  

Boot Space

The boot is huge and boasts an enormous 521 litres, meaning it is bigger than most mid-range SUVs.  It easily accommodates an umbrella fold pushchair (although not flat due to the car’s width) or a pram, along with a weekly shop and school bags.  There is a slight drop from the opening of the boot to the boot floor, meaning getting things in and out requires a small amount of lifting up and over. The back seats can be completely removed providing enormous space for trips to the dump! 

Skoda provide additional Velcro separators, that can be positioned onto the boot floor in a variety of ways to keep items separate and therefore less likely to move. There is a powered tailgate (boot button) for convenience, however if you like the idea of a handsfree opening where you can swipe your foot under the rear of the car to open the boot, it’ll set you back £700!  Think we could live without this at that price!

Summary

Overall, it is clear to see why the Skoda Karoq has won “What Car? Best family SUV” for the past 2 years.  It’s affordable (if you don’t want the area view camera), stylish, has been carefully designed with children in mind and with one of the biggest boots for a mid-range car we think it’s a fantastic buy.

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

521 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4382 mm (L) x 1841 mm (W) x 1603 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

35.3 – 58.9

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 6.8 – 10.8 secs