As you might well already have twigged, the Karoq Scout has no ‘get out of jail free’ card where this section is concerned.
Because it runs the same suspension specification as any other four-wheel-drive model derivative (which makes the impressions and observations you’re about to read more broadly relevant than they might otherwise have been, of course), there are no heavy-duty shock absorbers, raised centre of gravity or hybrid off-road tyres in the mix here.
However, compared with the very best-handling crossover hatchbacks, you might assume differently. It’s a little unfair opening on such a critical note because the Karoq Scout is an entirely dynamically competent car to drive, with few immediately obvious or serious compromises or shortcomings. But it doesn’t emulate the wieldiness or ride composure of a well-sorted family hatchback as uncannily as a Seat Ateca, Nissan Qashqai or Toyota C-HR can.
The chassis develops plenty of lateral grip, but not quite the handling precision of some of its competitors. It will carry as much speed as you’re likely to want it to on the road, and take a secure and obedient line through any corner.
But it will also roll a little farther and faster than some when you really press it, and has enough vertical body movement on choppier UK back-roads as to just begin to feel soggy and unsettling – and ultimately to undermine its directional stability if you encounter bigger bumps mid-corner.