My family consists of a six-foot four husband and two girls under the age of eight, and both seem to be growing right before my eyes. Blink and theyíve grown a few inches more, and while we managed just fine with the DS 3 that I ran previously, the Karoq is a whole different proposition, especially when we need to find space for the family dog, too. Perriís medium-sized travel bed fits in the boot just perfectly, snug enough to know that it wonít move around on a journey, and with the parcel shelf removed, she still feels close enough to us not to get upset and whinge or whine ñ I just wish the rest of the family would take a leaf out of her book!
As any parent will know, as soon as children can speak, they can argue, and so itís pleasing that the back seat of the Karoq gives a decent amount of separation between the two of them, to reduce squabbling. Both ensconced in their own child seats, the back doors of the Skoda open up nice and wide so that I can get them safely buckled in, while rear legroom is generous enough that Felicity, the youngest of our two, canít kick the seat in front when sheís in full-on monster mode. Even with my husband in the car, either driving or as a passenger, thereís sufficient legroom in the back with the front seat at its lengthiest position, not to squash either of the girlsí legs. Besides, they are usually paying more attention to their iPads that are securely mounted on the backs of the front seats. Costing just £50 for two of them and listed as an official Skoda optional extra, the tablet holders are well worth the outlay, if you want to keep the kids silent in the back.
Another of the more obvious benefits of swapping from the DS 3 to Karoq is in how much easier it is to complete the weekly food shop at the local supermarket. No longer do I have to think about whether I have enough space to carry any bulky items home with me, it all simply fits in. I can very easily get five of the large reusable heavy-duty supermarket bags into the boot, with space to spare. Rather thoughtfully, Skoda has placed hanging hooks on both sides of the carís boot and they are sturdy enough to carry heavy items. There are pockets with netting either side, too, so you can stow any smaller items and prevent them from rolling around in the boot. These little touches are all part of Skodaís Simply Clever mantra that contrives to make car ownership much easier.
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Date arrived 12th November 2018
Fuel economy 58.9mpg (combined) 42.8mpg (on test)
The 521-litre boot is bigger than most rivals.
The piano black surfaces are a dust and fingerprint magnet.