Reviews of the new Skoda Karoq
Added: 08 January 2018
After eight years of production the popular Skoda Yeti is being replaced by the Skoda Karoq. The Yeti had been part of the SUV market since 2009, and awarded Family Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine, so the new model will have much to live up to. The Skoda Karoq is based on the same platform as the SEAT Ateca and the Volkswagen Tiguan, however to maintain some individuality VAG has engineered the Karoq to be slightly smaller than the Volkswagen, and a little less sporty but a more comfortable ride than the SEAT. Read on to find out what some of the motor industries leading review sites think of it.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
On the face of it, the Karoq appears initially to be much more expensive than the Ateca, but that’s because Skoda has no equivalent of Seat’s basic S trim. Take this in to account and you’ll find that Karoqs are slightly pricier, but come with more equipment.
Running costs, such as insurance and servicing, are very much in line with the Ateca’s, although resale-value predictions infer that the Karoq will lose slightly less money in depreciation after three years.
Entry-level SE trim looks to be the best value for money, because it provides all the kit you really need. That’s goodies such as 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass, electric front and rear windows, cruise control and dual-zone climate control. You also get the excellent 8.0in touchscreen system we detailed in the infotainment section.
That said, we’d definitely select the Varioflex seats as an option for the extra versatility they provide, and it’s worth thinking about some of the less expensive options including a heated windscreen and a rear-view camera that tend to make life easier.
SE L trim is worth considering if you like a few extra luxuries and fancy built-in Sat-Nav, while range-topping Edition comes with oodles of kit, but is a bit too expensive to recommend. To read the full review go to: What Car?
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
“The Karoq might have lost its predecessor’s personality, but on every other front it’s a better car than the one it replaces.”
The Karoq is a completely new car, which parks in the spot vacated by the weird and wonderful Yeti. So, it’s a midsize crossover which shares its building blocks with the Seat Ateca and, along with the Seat, it’ll compete with the Nissan Qashqai and a million cars like it. It’s slightly longer, wider and roomier than the Yeti, and inherits a new family face from the bigger Kodiaq. Will we miss the Yeti? Of course, with its love-it-or-hate-it looks and sheer usefulness, it’s always been a TG favourite, but let’s not get too nostalgic. Over the years it grew from a four-eyed oddity with a back-to-basics appeal into something much more mainstream. It even started to look sensible.
There’s a choice of four engines and four trims, which you can pretty much mix-n-match as you wish. There’s a pair of petrol turbos to start with, a 1.0-litre and a 1.5-litre, followed by the diesels, a 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre. You can add an automatic DSG gearbox to any of those (now with paddles behind the steering wheel rather than having to rely on the gearstick for manual selection), but four-wheel-drive is reserved only for the 2.0 TDI. To read the full review go to: Top Gear
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
“Breaking new ground beyond the Yeti”
That car’s chunky, distinctive styling has gone, but the new model is at least reasonably handsome with its sharp creases and narrow, predator-eyed headlights. The cabin design is pretty strong, too, but it’s the quality that really impresses. There’s an overall sense of solidity, while the materials themselves feel premium. The soft-touch, rubberised dashboard is particularly good. Naturally, there’s bundles of interior space and a very generous boot. The lofty seating position gives the elevated view of the road that seems so popular these days but, helpfully, the car never feels especially big when driving around town.
This is a car that majors on comfort, refinement and convenience. With lots of wheel travel and plush suspension, along with meaty tyre sidewalls, the Karoq rides very well indeed. It’s settled, calm and composed even on reasonably broken Tarmac. At motorway speeds, the cabin is calm and serene, too, with tyre noise kept to a minimum and engine noise totally absent, while the only real wind noise seemed to be created by those chunky door mirrors.
Even the steering is rather good. The weighting is natural, as is the rate of response, which means you guide the Karoq along without really having to think about it. Given the tall ride height, it’s no surprise the car rolls a fair amount in spirited cornering, but there’s enough control, grip and stability that the car will hold on gamely if you fling into a few bends. Still, that shouldn't detract too much from what is a very capable and well-rounded family car. To read the full review go to: Autocar
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