SKODA

SKODA KAROQ ESTATE 1.5 TSI Sport Line 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2150 g/km

Skoda is getting serious about SUVs and the core of the company's Crossover range is found with this mid-sized Qashqai-class Karoq model. It gets all the latest Volkswagen Group engineering, now including the brand's latest TDI technology, plus there's a hi-tech MQB chassis and cutting-edge safety and infotainment features. Everything in fact, that you'd want from a modern family-sized SUV of this kind.

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Skoda is having decent success with its mid-sized SUV, the Karoq, recently subtly improved. Jonathan Crouch looks at what this mid-sized Czech SUV has to offer.

Ten Second Review

Skoda is getting serious about SUVs and the core of the company's Crossover range is found with this mid-sized Qashqai-class Karoq model. It gets all the latest Volkswagen Group engineering, now including the brand's latest TDI technology, plus there's a hi-tech MQB chassis and cutting-edge safety and infotainment features. Everything in fact, that you'd want from a modern family-sized SUV of this kind.

Background

Brand identity is everything in the automotive world, so it seems hard to understand why back in 2017, Skoda wanted to abandon one of their most recognisable name plates, that of the Yeti. Yet the Czech maker did just that, replacing that model line with this one - the Karoq. The reason why was that the company wanted to emphasise that this car is a different, larger and more sophisticated SUV than the Yeti ever was - or could be. The Yeti couldn't ever quite decide whether it wanted to be a Juke-shaped supermini-sized SUV or a Qashqai-shaped family hatch-sized model. This larger Karoq has no such dilemma, firmly targeted at the Qashqai sector - and offering a larger boot, amongst other incentives, to tempt buyers away from Nissan's market leader. If you're wondering if the word 'Karoq' has any meaning, then we'll tell you that it's taken from the language of an Alaskan tribe and, roughly translated, means 'car arrow'. Make of that what you will.

Driving Experience

Under the skin, this Skoda uses much the same MQB chassis as you'll find in the Volkswagen Group's rival SEAT Ateca and the Volkswagen T-Roc. The set-up with this Karoq is deliberately more comfort-orientated than it is in the Ateca. The various powerplants on offer are all familiar from other Volkswagen Group models. There are six turbo-charged direct injection engine options. Things kick off with a 110PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit but most choose the 150PS 1.5 litre TSI powerplant. There's also a 190PS 2.0 TSI variant. There are also three 2.0 TDI diesel engines, offering either 115PS, 150PS or 190PS. The two more powerful diesel drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG auto transmission. The 1.5 TSI petrol variant (which is auto-only) uses cylinder deactivation for an exemplary combination of performance and efficiency. Only the top 2.0 TDI diesel and 2.0 TSI petrol variants are available with 4WD; in fact you have to have AWD with these flagship versions. These derivatives are also fitted with a special 'Off Road' mode and hill descent control so that you can more easily slither down slippery slopes. In general though, this Skoda's limited ground clearance makes testing off road forays fairly inadvisable. The Karoq is much happier being used for tarmac use and an option worth considering here is the 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system that can considerably improve the ride over poor surfaces. It works through the settings of the standard 'Driving Mode Select' system.

Design and Build

The Karoq is a slightly bigger car than its Yeti predecessor and much better able to square up to the market-leading Nissan Qashqai in the family-sized part of the volume Crossover SUV sector. This Skoda certainly has a much bigger boot than its Japanese rival, with 521-litres of cargo space, extendable to 1,630-litres if you fold forward VarioFlex middle bench made up of three separate seats that can, if required, be taken out completely. If you do that, a van-like capacity of up to 1,810-litres is freed up. View the car in profile and the longer-than-average wheelbase by class standards is very evident and the side aesthetics are also characterised by short overhangs and a sloping roofline that's visually extended by a contour in the D-pillar. At the front, the headlights flanking the distinctive grille can optionally be ordered with full-LED beams. Inside, for the first time in a Skoda, a digital instrument panel is being offered. And, as usual, there are a range of 'Simply Clever' features, including an electrically-retractable tow bar. And a 'Virtual Pedal' option that allows you to open the power-operated tailgate with a wave of your foot beneath the bumper.

Market and Model

Prices start from around £23,000 but if you go for the flagship 2.0 TDI 190PS 4x4 model and add a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be looking at close to around £37,000. There are five trim levels - 'SE', 'SE L', 'Scout', 'Sportline' and 'Edition'. 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 old Yeti ever could. Every model 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. A 'Side Assist' system is now optional.

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. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The 2.0 TDI 150PS front-driven diesel variant that many customers will want manages up to 52.3mpg and up to 143g/km of CO2. Go for the 150PS 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit and you should be able to get up to 44.8mpg and up to 144g/km. The base 1.0 TSI petrol unit manages up to 44.8mpg and 142g/km. Whatever powerplant you choose, as you'd expect in this day and age, all models get a start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. And the 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.

Summary

You can see the appeal of this Karoq model. It's spacious, safe, drives well, has a cool but understated image and is affordable to run. In short, what we have here is a class act in a market full of try-hard rivals and a car that strikes an appealing chord between practicality, quality and fashion. True, some of the rivals it has to face are larger, more hi-tech or more efficient. Most of them are pricier too though and it's that very affordability that'll keep this Skoda in the frame for customers who want a more interesting and flexible alternative to yet another Qashqai clone in this class. It's a car that transcends lifestyle snobbery. A family car that doesn't shout 'family'. And a Crossover you could be genuinely pleased to own.

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

  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold function
  • Hill hold control
  • 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
  • Emergency rear braking signal

  • Textile floor mats

  • Care connect

  • Driver profile selection
  • Drive mode selector
  • Driver alert system
  • Rear view camera

  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking

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

  • Black air vent surround

  • DAB radio with Bluetooth
  • SD card slot
  • USB connection
  • Wireless charging without wireless aerial connection

  • Front door steps with SportLine logo
  • Skoda lettering on tailgate in black
  • Protective door side sills in body colour
  • Black roof rails and door mirrors with radiator grille
  • Rear diffuser
  • Panoramic sliding sunroof
  • Body colour door handles
  • Sports front and rear bumpers
  • Sportline badge on front fender
  • Safety reflectors on front doors
  • Sportline decorative inserts with badging

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

  • Pollen filter

  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • 4 lashing points on luggage floor
  • Pen holder
  • Ice scraper
  • Black roof headlining
  • 4 foldable roof handles with rear coat hooks
  • Door sill scuff plates
  • Net programme in boot
  • 12v socket in front centre armrest with storage compartment and rear air vents
  • Retractable parcel shelf attachable to tailgate
  • 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
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Storage compartment below the passenger seat
  • 3 spoke leather sports heated multifunction steering wheel with hands off detection and silver stitching with gear shift paddles

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

  • LED Interior lighting pack with Skoda welcome logo - Karoq

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

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

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

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" Vega anthracite alloy wheels

  • Storage on wheel cover

  • CO2 (g/km): 122
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.025
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 150

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.9
  • CC: 1498

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 43.5
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.1

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 16E
  • 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: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Sport Line
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • 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: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: VEGA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2025
  • Height: 1603
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4382
  • Width: 1841
  • Wheelbase: 2638

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1320
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1952
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50.8
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 521
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 690
  • Max. Loading Weight: 632
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1630
  • 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: £35
  • Traffic sign recognition: £75
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £450
  • Park assist system: £335
  • Electro-mechanical Power Assisted Steering: Included
  • 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
  • Progressive steering includes Dynamic chassis control (DCC): £1,085

  • Virtual pedal with electrically operated boot door: £165
  • Electrically operated boot door: Included

  • 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

  • Exclusive paint: £380
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £0
  • Special paint: £0

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

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

  • Leather upholstery: £1,630
  • Double sided boot floor: £50
  • Variable boot floor: £185
  • Microsuede cloth/leather upholstery: £1,370
  • Fabric sports seats with thermoflux and silver stitching: Included
  • Removable bag UNIBAG: £125
  • Rubbish bin door: £20
  • Partition net screen: £120
  • Leather upholstery with electric adjust driver seat with memory function + Electric heated and foldable auto dimming door mirrors with memory function: £2,600

  • Rough road pack - Karoq: £180
  • Family pack - Karoq: £120
  • Driver assistance pack - Karoq: £1,240
  • Non Smokers pack: Included
  • Smoker's pack: £20

  • Metallic - Race blue: £0
  • Metallic - Moon white: £0
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £0
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £0

  • Pearl - Black magic: £0

  • Special paint - Meteor grey: £0
  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £380
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £380

  • Crew protect assist and rear side airbags: £500

  • Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger seat: £35
  • Heated front and rear seats: £180
  • Heated front seats: Included

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

  • Fabric - Black with sports seats + thermoflux and silver stitching: £0

  • Leather - Black: £1,630

  • Microsuede cloth/leather - Black: £1,370

  • Steel space saving spare wheel with tool kit and jack: £155
  • Temporary steel space saver spare wheel: £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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