- Driver’s seat offers plenty of adjustment and a nice, high driving position
- Controls and dials are exceptionally clear and easy-to-use
- Cabin materials feel well-judged and impressively durable
Sat in the elevated SUV driving position, the Skoda Karoq is a nice – if not particularly imaginative – place to be. The dials and displays are all exceptionally clear, while the placement of both major and minor controls is an example of effective simplicity. There’s plenty of adjustment in both the seat and steering wheel (the latter offering moveable rake and reach) meaning that drivers of just about any size should be able to make themselves comfortable.
Impressive infotainment screen
The Karoq gets a standard-fit 8.0-inch infotainment screen, which can be upgraded to a 9.2-inch alternative (that's standard on higher-spec cars). Both are impressive to look at and offer clear, high-resolution menus and graphics. However, the lack of physical buttons around the screen make using the infotainment system while driving tricky, chiefly because you need to take your eyes of the road to see which part of the display you’re pressing.
Excellent build quality and durability
On first impressions, the interior feels extremely-well screwed together. All the switches and buttons feel solid, plus there’s a pleasant feel to how the majority of them work. Skoda has also been clever with its use of cheaper materials. Harder, shinier plastics are generally kept well out of the way meaning you’ll only really notice them if you’re actively looking.
It's solid and completely predictably styled – so it's corporate-spec Skoda-rugged. Everything works well, including the infotainment system – although the loss of the majority of its physical controls is a bit of a blow. There's bags of space front and rear – and the two/three-seat configuration of the rear pews adds versatility.
Is it comfortable?
- Overall comfort levels are very good
- Some versions give better ride than others
- Big, comfy seats are a highlight
Skoda has gone to great lengths to make the Karoq a comfortable – rather than sporty – SUV.
Ride quality better on some models than others
All Karoqs boast an impressive ride quality with excellent damping and an unfussy nature over large bumps and ridges in the road. However, the 1.0-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI models possess the most pliant and well-rounded ride of the all the models – with the soft, springy nature of the former a rare find in a market full of firmer, ‘sporty’ SUVs.
The 2.0-litre TDI is only available with more advanced suspension and as a result there’s less noise from the mechanical components when going over bumpers or cracks in the road. As ever, think carefully about which size of alloy wheel you want. The ride comfort adopts a noticeably sharper edge the larger the diameter of wheel.
Overall refinement is also very good – although wind noise can become a little intrusive depending on the conditions. Which engine you have under the bonnet also makes a difference, with the 1.0-litre petrol being the quietest. Disappointingly, the 1.5-litre petrol makes a racket when revved hard, and barely scores better than the 2.0-litre TDI on the refinement front.
Comfortable seats all-round
Whether you stick with the standard fabric seats or plump for the optional leather ones, you’re unlikely to be wanting for comfort. They’re big, squashy and supportive and are available with optional electric-adjustment and memory function.