Basic Karoqs have a rear bench that's fixed in place, but with seat backs that split 60/40 and fold flat to help accommodate longer loads. However, on SE models and above, you get the more versatile 'Varioflex' system, that includes three individual rear seats, which slide back and forth, and recline to provide greater comfort.
This also creates no end of different ways to share out the passenger- and boot space, and the boffins at Skoda reckon the luggage space can be adjusted anywhere from 479 to 588 litres, depending on where you slide the seats. What's more, providing you’ve got somewhere to store them, you can take the rear seats out entirely to create a small van-rivalling 1810 litres of load space. However, with the seats in place but folded there's a very large step between boot floor and seats, which lessens the practicality somewhat.
With the rear seats set as far back as they’ll go, those travelling in the two outboard rear sets will be treated to a good amount of head- and leg-room. However, the middle seat is much narrower than the other two, so if you get stuck there, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve drawn the short straw.
There are plenty of storage areas dotted around the cabin, including a good-sized glovebox, water bottle-gobbling door pockets and a deep cubby hidden under the central armrest. The Karoq also comes with a pair of trays on the front seat backs, which are sure to be a hit with the kids, and neat little touches like a LED torch in the boot and an umbrella stored under the front passenger seat. There’s also the option of a powered tailgate, which can be opened via the key fob or by waving your foot under the rear bumper.