SKODA

SKODA KAROQ DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2159 g/km

Skoda's Karoq is a strong contender if you're looking for a spacious five-seat 'C'-segment SUV in the 'Qashqai-sized' crossver class. It gets all the latest Volkswagen Group technology, including a hi-tech MQB chassis and cutting-edge safety and infotainment features. In theory then, there's everything you might want from a modern family-sized Crossover of this kind. We tried the 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 version to find out if that's so.

CZECH HOOK

Skoda's Karoq is targeted right into the heart of the industry's fast-growing SUV 'C'-segment. Jonathan Crouch tries a 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 version to find out what this spacious 'Qashqai-class' Crossover has to offer.

Ten Second Review

Skoda's Karoq is a strong contender if you're looking for a spacious five-seat 'C'-segment SUV in the 'Qashqai-sized' crossver class. It gets all the latest Volkswagen Group technology, including a hi-tech MQB chassis and cutting-edge safety and infotainment features. In theory then, there's everything you might want from a modern family-sized Crossover of this kind. We tried the 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 version to find out if that's so.

Background

One size fits all. It's a good concept, but it isn't always an ideal long term strategy. Skoda used to offer one car, the Yeti, for anyone who wanted any kind of compact SUV. These days though, the brand has specific models for specific areas of this growing segment. And if what you need is a Qashqai-class family hatch-based 'C'-segment SUV, what the Czech brand hopes you'll want is this model, the Karoq. It's a half-size bigger than the Yeti was, making room for a smaller 'B'-segment Fabia supermini-based SUV to slot in beneath in the range as part of a now much more complete collection of Skoda crossovers. But how can the Karoq stand out from its many rivals? Skoda tells us that ride quality, versatility, value and practical family-friendliness are its core attributes. Plus there's the kind of up-market technology and infotainment connectivity that you might not expect from the brand. Will that all be enough to competitively take on the Qashqai-crowd? We tested a top 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 variant to find out.

Driving Experience

On the move, there's nothing 'sporty' about the Karoq, but its ride and handling combination is truly impressive. The only rivals that can equal this car's supple suspension feel can't match the way it can attack the bends with confidence and even a few occasional flashes of enthusiasm. On the highway, refinement is impressive. In town, it's manoeuvrable and easy to park. And when you're pushing on, the drive dynamics are very difficult to tell apart from those of an Octavia family hatch. Buyers are offered a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG auto. We elected to try the 2.0-litre TDI engine. You can talk to your dealer about a 190PS version of this top unit but we're tested it in the 150PS guise that buyers are more likely to want. In a manual transmission 4WD variant, 62mph takes 8.7s en route to 121mph. And pulling power is rated at 340Nm, enough to facilitate a braked towing capacity to 2,000kgs, half a tonne more than you get further down the range. You'll need the 2.0 TDI powerplant if you want to specify 4WD in a Karoq and if you go for all-wheel traction, you'll also get more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension. Plus an extra 'Off-road' mode that focuses all the car's electronic systems for 'off piste' use. The 4x4 set-up is the usual 'on-demand'-style system that keeps the car front-driven until a lack of traction brings the rear wheels into play.

Design and Build

The Karoq is a substantial 315mm shorter than its lookalike Kodiaq SUV stablemate and significantly narrower and shorter too. Behind the wheel, the design team have delivered another very smartly turned-out Skoda cabin, interior being beautifully put together, smartly designed and easy on the eye. Distinctive brand touches start with the grey-ringed instrument dials you view through the smart three-spoke wheel. And continue with the way that the cabin abounds with plenty of the company's famed 'Simply Clever' design features, there to make life a bit easier. The real cleverness here though, lies in the rear passenger compartment with something Skoda's particularly proud of, it's 'VarioFlex' seating system. This replaces the usual rear bench with three separate seats that can individually slide, recline or be removed altogether. If you only need space for two, the centre seat can be removed, allowing the two outer chairs to then be pushed up to 80mm further in towards the centre of the cabin, creating limousine-like levels of shoulder room. Out back, you'll get a 521-litre boot if you have the standard rear bench, but with the 'VarioFlex' rear seats fitted, you'll get a cargo bay that you can vary in size between 479 and 588-litres.

Market and Model

Prices for the 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 variant start from just over £30,500 for a base 'SE' variant, but if you go for a plusher trim level (there are 'SEL' and 'Edition' options) and/or add a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be looking at close to around £35,000. Well worth having is the optional 'Skoda Connect services' package. This consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. In terms of camera-driven safety features, the Karoq can offer far more than the brand's previous Yeti SUV model ever could. Every variant comes equipped with autonomous braking - a combination of the brand's 'Front Assist', City Emergency Brake' and 'Predictive Pedestrian Protection' systems. Buyers can also add in Blind Spot Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition', a 'Rear Traffic Alert' feature that'll warn you of oncoming traffic when you're reversing out of a space and a 'Driver Alert' system that watches for signs of drowsiness at the wheel. There's also 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control' and 'Lane Assist' and if you have both these features fitted, you can also have an 'Emergency Assist' feature whereby the vehicle will be brought to a safe, controlled stop, should the driver be in some way incapacitated.

Cost of Ownership

The old fashioned image of SUV vehicles being somewhat profligate when it comes to fuel economy certainly doesn't really apply to the Skoda Karoq. The 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 diesel variant we're looking at here manages WLTP figures of 43.5mpg and 171g/km of CO2. As you'd expect in this day and age, there's a start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. And the optional DSG auto transmission is equipped with a 'coasting' function that at cruising speeds, will disconnect the gearbox, leaving the engine to idle until you next need it. Like most modern diesels, all the TDI units on offer get a selective catalytic reduction filter to cut down on nitrous oxide and have been designed around the use of a urea-based solution called AdBlue. This is injected into the exhaust gas stream to help clean up emissions, the liquid used being stored in a 12-litre tank mounted at the rear beneath the boot. This will need topping up as part of regular servicing and you can monitor its status via dashboard display. Insurance is group 15E.

Summary

If you find yourself approaching this car a little cynically, then we'd understand. At first glance after all, it might be easy to dismiss it as just another quite forgettable European mid-sized fashion-orientated SUV. A necessary addition to the Czech brand's model range perhaps. But not the kind of product that could be in any way uniquely 'Skoda'. Surprisingly though the Karoq turns out to be more than that. In the endearingly comfortable way that it drives and handles, it's a very recognisable ambassador for its brand. And the same is true when you come to examine the versatility and practicality of its class-leadingly-spacious cabin. The VarioFlex seats in particular are a design master-stroke that would really sell us this car. True, some rivals in this segment are undeniably more stylish to look at but if that's not an issue, you could see in this car a compelling mix of competence and desirability.

  • Privacy glass
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Acoustic glass
  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Electric front and rear windows with child proof lock
  • Black electric window control buttons

  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold function
  • Emergency rear braking signal
  • ESC including ABS, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, MKB and traction control
  • Front assist radar scanning of the space in front of the car with automatic braking
  • Hill hold control

  • Textile floor mats

  • Care connect

  • Drive mode selection with off road
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Rear view camera

  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking

  • Driver fatigue sensor
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service interval indicator
  • Multifunction colour trip computer
  • SmartLink + wireless for Apple and wired for Android
  • USB C Port x 2 in front centre console

  • Chrome framed air vents

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB radio with Bluetooth
  • SD card slot
  • USB connection

  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Safety reflectors on front doors

  • LED rear lights with high functionality
  • Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)
  • Third brake light
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Full LED headlights + adaptive front light system + LED daytime running lights and front cornering fog lights
  • Headlight washers

  • Pollen filter

  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Folding tables on the front seat backrests
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • 4 lashing points on luggage floor
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Net programme in boot
  • 12v socket in front centre armrest with storage compartment and rear air vents
  • Retractable parcel shelf attachable to tailgate
  • 4 foldable roof handles with rear coat hooks
  • Pen holder
  • Ice scraper
  • 12V socket in boot
  • 1.5 litre bottle holders in driver and front passenger door panels
  • 2 Folding hooks and nets in boot
  • Storage box in upper central dashboard closed
  • Umbrella under passenger seat
  • Rear boot cover
  • Storage compartment below the passenger seat

  • 2 Front readings lights for driver and passenger
  • Cargo elements in boot
  • Safety vest holder
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Rear reading lights

  • Chrome roof rails + chrome pack - Karoq

  • Airbags - Front side, head, knee and curtain
  • Automatic door unlocking in case of crash
  • Tyre pressure display
  • Two tone horn
  • Driver airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Pedestrian monitor
  • Three point seatbelts rear
  • Automatic fuel cut off in case of crash
  • Passenger airbag with switch-off function

  • Rear seats fixed folding and divided 60:40
  • Height adjustable front three point seats belts with tensioners
  • Seatbelt reminder signalisation and pretensioner for all seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation outer rear
  • Backrest release
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Front head restraints
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • Front seatback pockets
  • VarioFlex seats with retractable parcel shelf

  • Alarm with interior monitoring, back up horn and tilt sensor with safe function
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Keyless entry and keyless start with safe system

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" Crater alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts

  • Storage on wheel cover

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 215
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 206
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 159
  • CO2 (g/km): 129
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.035
  • Particles: 0.0002

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.2:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 48.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 64.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 140000
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 73
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 58
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE L
  • Coin Description: TDI 4x4
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 2
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 266
  • Engine Torque - NM: 360
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.8
  • Top Speed: 123
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 36.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: CRATER

  • Width (including mirrors): 2025
  • Height: 1607
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4382
  • Width: 1841
  • Wheelbase: 2630

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1566
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2240
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 56.5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 588
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 674
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1605
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.2

  • Heated windscreen with heated windscreen washer nozzles: £370

  • Dynamic chassis control: £1,030

  • Area view camera with trailer assist: £925
  • Personalisation of drive mode selection with off road includes 3 keys: £35
  • Progressive steering includes Dynamic chassis control (DCC): £1,085
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £450
  • Park assist system: £335
  • Electro-mechanical Power Assisted Steering: Included
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Traffic sign recognition: £75
  • Adaptive Lane assist and blind spot detection: £930
  • Adaptive lane assist, blind spot detection and traffic jam assist: £1,100
  • Adaptive lane assist, blind spot detection and traffic jam assist with emergency assist: £1,100
  • Area view camera: £575
  • Area view camera with trailer assist and park assist: £1,275

  • Virtual pedal with electrically operated boot door: £685
  • Electrically operated boot door: £520

  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display: £470
  • Amundsen satellite navigation with 8" touchscreen display with maps Europe, WLAN and web radio: Included
  • Columbus satellite navigation with 9.2" touchscreen display and integrated WiFi, WLAN and web radio: £1,000
  • USB C port by rear view mirror for charging only: £130

  • Electrically adjustable heated folding and auto dimming door mirrors: Included
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror with light and rain sensors: Included

  • Canton sound system: £570
  • Bolero radio with 8 speakers and voice control: Included
  • Wireless charging without wireless aerial connection: £270

  • Additional body cover on wheel arch: £120
  • Exclusive paint: £975
  • Panoramic sliding sunroof: £1,190
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Pearlescent paint: £595
  • Special paint: £595

  • Auto light assist + automatic high beam lights + auto dimming rear view mirror + light and rain assist: £200

  • Tri zone climate control: £300
  • Dual zone climate control: Included

  • Double sided boot floor: £50
  • Leather upholstery: £280
  • Aluminium pedals: £100
  • Microsuede cloth/leather upholstery: Included
  • Partition net screen: £120
  • Door sill scuff plates: £75
  • 2 x Tablet holder: £50
  • Sunglasses storage compartment: Included
  • Removable bag UNIBAG: £125
  • Rubbish bin door: £20
  • 2 spoke leather multifunction steering wheel: Included
  • 2 Spoke leather heated multifunction steering wheel with DSG paddles and hands off detection: £255

  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function pack - Karoq: £970
  • LED Interior lighting pack with Skoda welcome logo - Karoq: £350
  • Rough road pack - Karoq: £180
  • Family pack - Karoq: £120
  • Driver assistance pack - Karoq: £1,240
  • Smoker's pack: £20
  • Non Smokers pack: Included

  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Race blue: £595
  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £595
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Magnetic brown: £595
  • Metallic - Business grey: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Special paint - Candy white: £595
  • Special paint - Meteor grey: £595
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £975

  • Crew protect assist and rear side airbags: £500

  • Manual lumbar support for front seats: Included
  • Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger seat: £35
  • Driver seat height adjustment: Included
  • Heated front and rear seats: £180
  • Heated front seats: Included

  • Towbar preparation: £190
  • Electrically folding towbar with adaptor: £885

  • Leather - Black: £280
  • Leather - Beige: £280

  • Microsuede cloth/leather - Black: £0

  • Steel space saving spare wheel with tool kit and jack: £155
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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