What’s the interior and connectivity like of the Skoda Karoq?
Open the doors of the Skoda Karoq, and you’re going to be pleasantly surprised.
Or maybe not.
It depends if you expected Czech design or German design, with Skoda being owned by Volkswagen Group, it feels like a German car. Though who ever complained about a German interior?
You will find the German rainbow (shades of black and grey) adorning the interior, which is not very inspiring.
But what is inspiring is frankly the practicality. Storage spaces galore fill up the interior, with a glove box that includes an air conditioning port, a storage compartment next to the driver, on top of the dash, and under the passenger seat (which includes your Skoda umbrella!).
The centre armrest is well padded, but is also adjustable with a large open storage area inclusive of 2 cupholders and small grippy ‘nubs’. You can also remove the tray for extra storage, or flip it over for a raised storage area.
I can see why the Skoda slogan is ‘simply clever’.
As we have the $5900 Premium Pack fitted, we get some welcomed (although not-necessary) inclusions.
Although the seats are cloth as we don’t have the leather package, they are heated thanks to the premium package.
As they come however, they are very comfortable, with plenty of support and adjustment - even if it is manual adjustment without the leather package.
Your eyes will also be immediately drawn to the 9.2” infotainment display with gesture controls.
It works fine, but apart from size and the addition of relatively useless gesture controls, it feels no better than the standard 8” unit you would get without the package.
It does come with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, both of which are very nice to have and to use with the wireless charger. You can also use one of the two fast USB-C chargers.
Similarly, its very easy to be wowed by the 10.25” Virtual Cockpit which you will find across a range of Volkswagen Group products.
It is one of the best out there, being extremely customisable and the ability to display a full-sized map.
However, you can tell here that the digital instrument cluster is powered by a less powerful and/or older computer than its Volkswagen Tiguan counterpart, because it can be downright slow to respond.
The three spoke steering wheel is also a (minorly) mixed bag. It feels amazing to hold, with a golf ball effect to the leather.
However, we found the buttons to be very confusing. For example, with the autonomous driving controls being on the opposite side of the steering wheel to the old school cruise control stalk.
In all, we really like the interior of the Skoda Karoq - even if it does represent some interesting quirks with its technology.