Practicality wins any family over. So I'm starting with boot space because goodness it's got such great space for this size vehicle!
As standard, you'll get 479 litres of boot space - that's more than a CX-5 right there. But then you also have what Skoda calls 'VarioFlex' - a system that allows you to reconfigure the back seats so you get more boot space.
First, you can slide or tilt the back seats depending on what you need to fit in the boot (you'll see when the middle armrest goes down, you can see straight into the boot) which will give you up to 589L of boot space - better than most other mid-size SUVs.
Then, you can pop the back seats down flat which is pretty standard across the category, but in the Skoda Karoq you can also actually remove the back seats altogether for a van-load of space. Or take just one seat out, or two, so you reconfigure the car to be a three- or four-seat vehicle depending on your boot load. See, clever. And considerate.
I didn't need to do that this week, so I drove it as a five seat SUV, but it was just nice knowing that I could if I needed to. My two children aged five and seven had heaps of room in the back, they were happy and comfortable in there.
The front also had plenty of leg and head space for both me and my 185cm husband. He didn't look cramped or extra large in this car as he can do in small SUVs.