Several drivers felt some movement from the caravan when slowing from 60mph, an impression backed up by data from the Al-Ko ATC system. The Skoda was also noticeably less settled at 70mph than 60mph.
It coped well with the lane-change test, though. The caravan may have been sliding around behind it but even on the fastest of three runs the Karoq completed the manoeuvre and pulled the caravan straight again.
There’s enough mid-range pulling power to cope with a caravan weighing 85% of the car’s kerbweight, but the Karoq doesn’t feel as punchy as the lighter Skodas.
In the hill start, the electronic parking brake held car and caravan still and released smoothly, and the car confidently pulled to the top of the slope.
However, some of our drivers noticed a hot smell from the clutch after reversing a short distance up the far side.
In everyday driving, the Karoq excels. The ride is cosseting even over poorly surfaced roads, and the interior is well made and spacious.
It’s practical, too. Our testers found room for most of their holiday luggage, and the reversing camera gave an excellent view of the towball whenever we needed to hitch up.