As part of its research, Skoda conducted a survey of 1,500 British cyclists and used the results to outfit the bike-centric automobile.
According to the survey about a quarter of respondents were annoyed about sweaty kit when returning to the car, so Skoda has built in a miniature spin cycle washing machine — though a drying rack or one of those spin dryers you find at a public pool or an air compressor probably would have been a better use of space.
While the washing machine is a bit silly, a feature we can get behind is the built-in powerwasher.
Skoda tells us that it draws from the same water supply as the washing machine and would be ideal for giving dusty or muddy bikes a rinse before you load up.
Skoda also says the car has a ‘tool kit,’ which appears to be a couple of multi-tools and mini pumps. On the bright side, there’s built-in LEDs so you don’t have to get your buddy to hold their bike light for you while you try and straighten your handlebars.
The car has room for three bikes — two on the roof and one inside the car — and even fully loaded there is still room to seat three adults.
In the front, the centre console has been converted into a mini-fridge, perfect for keeping your bottles and snacks cool.
The fully loaded Karoq and all its featuresSkoda
There’s also a magnetic landing pad for a ‘Follow Me drone’ so you can get some epic footage of your ride, and Skoda has even built in a WiFi hotspot so your Instagram story will never expire.
Skoda says the Karoq Velo is a one-off, but it will be appearing at events around Europe this summer. While the Karoq Velo has some features that would be useful to riders, and some questionable ones too, what would you put in a ‘Velo’ concept car? Let us know in the comments below.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides on the Gold Coast in Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his father a former European pro convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he can often found exploring singletrack or grinding down a gravel road.