The Karoq has a lot going for it, but not enough to make it the winner in our middle weight category. That’s largely because it doesn’t feel quite as stable or secure as the Peugeot 5008.

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.

The Karoq is powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine as the Octavia and Superb. It’s a heavier car though, and that’s noticeably in the relatively steady 14-second 30-60mph time.

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.

Category Winners
2019 Up to 1400kg

Škoda Octavia

Hatch 1.5 TSI 150PS SE L DSG

2019 1400-1549kg

Seat Ateca

2.0 TSI 190PS FR DSG

2019 1550-1699kg

Volkswagen Arteon

2.0 TDI 150PS Elegance DSG

2019 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2019 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 SDV6 HSE

2019 Best Budget 4x4

Dacia Duster

1.5 dCi Ambiance 4x4

2019 Best Plug-In Hybrid

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

P400e HSE Dynamic

2019 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Seat Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR

2019 Fuel Economy Award

Ford Focus Estate

1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X

Previous Winners

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport


Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*


Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG


Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance


Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport


Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS


Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic


Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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