Both the Ateca and Karoq are family cars designed to offer maximum practicality and convenience. And they hit the mark pretty much bang on. They have more than enough space for a family of four, with enough headroom and legroom in the back seats for even tall teenagers to feel comfortable. The Karoq is noticeably roomier in the back though (especially for headroom) and both cars’ middle back seat is rather hard and narrow so best reserved for occasional use by children.
In both cars, you have lots of useful interior storage areas to temporarily stash things like wallets, phones and drinks. Again, though, the Karoq is slightly more practical thanks to larger door pockets, more bag hooks, a removable bin and a parking-ticket holder for the windscreen.
It’s much the same story for larger loads, too. Both cars have large boots by compact SUV standards, giving you much more space than you’d get in a similar-size hatchback. The Karoq’s boot is bigger, though, with 521 litres of space to the Ateca’s 510 litres.
Fold down the back seats and the Ateca has 1,604 litres and the Karoq has 1,630. However, if you get a Karoq of SE L spec or higher it comes with ‘Varioflex’ – Skoda’s name for three individual back seats that can slide forwards and backwards, fold forward or come out of the car entirely. With all three removed, there’s a whopping 1,810 litres of space and that extra flexibility that could be crucial for you.