Skoda does not disappoint with their new small SUV, the Karoq, which has a boot full of wonderful BabyDrive features! My all-time favourite is the retractable roller blind that stays clipped to the boot door so that when it is in the open position the roller blind is well out of the way while you are loading up. My second favourite boot feature is the chunky hooks on both sides of the boot that I could hang my little girls' lunch box and backpack on, to and from daycare drop-offs. Closely followed by the rubber boot floor mat that I have already wiped down twice!!
The boot capacity was average and they had definitely stolen space from the cabin's legroom. The boot of the Karoq would hold eleven shopping bags, the same as the Nissan Qashqai and Suzuki Vitara. The Suzuki S-Cross and VW Tiguan both held 12, in comparison to the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that held 10 shopping bags.
The Karoq boot held all styles of stroller I tested but the biggest, the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller, filled the boot and no bags would fit in with it, which means you'd need to load them in on top of the twin stroller.
The exterior of the Karoq looked a lot like the VW Tiguan at first glance but is, in fact, 10cm shorter in length and that is noticeable in the legroom for front passengers when child seats are installed in the rear seats. We did manage to get a 6ft passenger in the front passenger seat in front of a rear-facing capsule and they had about 18cm of knee room.
I managed to fit two child seats in the back of the Karoq, but there just wasn't room for a third. The IsoFix points in the two outer seats are within plastic guides and really easy to connect to, and the top tethers are big bars along the bottom of the seatbacks that are easy to connect to through the boot, although they are so low that I did need an extension strap with the rear facing child seat. The top tether bars are part of an elaborate seat folding system that looks more complicated than it is.
Storage was quite compact in the cabin of the Karoq too; the central console box was half storage, and the front contained two cup holders which would hold a disposable or re-usable coffee cup but were too small for anything else. Among these were some coin and card slots, a lipstick holder and a key slot.
There was a convenient well in front of the gear lever for wireless charging and there are USB and 12V sockets there too. The glove box was not very big, so I could only get my wallet in there with the manual but it does also double as a coolbox with a little dial in there to allow cool air in. In the back storage was minimal as well.
The media system in the Karoq is excellent, it has a large and clear screen with modern and easy to use graphics, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Karoq has park pilot with great camera visuals and the sat-nav is easily navigated and the announcements easily muted too.
I found the new Skoda Karoq great to drive, it is smooth, comfortable and really confident. I did find the position of the wing mirrors and front pillar gave me quite a blind spot and I found I had to sit quite low down because the driver's seat base was angled up sharply at the front so if I sat too high up I couldn't reach the pedals! (I'm 162cm)
Overall the new Karoq is a great BabyDrive, the legroom is a consideration if you are a tall family but it would be a great family of four SUV.
The Skoda Karoq was given a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2017 and has seven airbags as standard.