New Skoda Karoq Makes A Good First Impression

By retiring the Yeti and replacing it with the new Karoq, Skoda have added the second SUV into their range, after the larger Kodiaq.

It’s based on the same nuts and bolts as the Seat Ateca, but that doesn’t mean it’s identical to it, not by far, as WhatCar found while going for a quick spin in the Czech brand’s newcomer.

On the outside, it carries the company’s latest design language, which makes it instantly recognizable, and the interior is apparently a nice place to be. It has a generous display for the infotainment system on more upscale models, and a versatile rear-seat arrangement on the SE L and above that allows for clever folding and removing certain or all seats, for increased hauling abilities.

The new Skoda Karoq also comes with a very generous engine lineup, which puts it on the competitive side, and despite using the same underpinnings as its Spanish cousin, its handling is sportier. Now, that doesn’t necessarily make it a flaw, because families will probably enjoy this more than the Ateca.

The reviewer went as far as naming it “a small SUV champion”, but we’re not entirely convinced about that quite yet, as we’ll have to wait for more reviews to come out over the next few weeks.

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  • Marc Gruben

    It would be interesting to see a comparison test between the Karoq, Ateca, and Tiguan. Which VW division does it best?

  • Sébastien

    Skoda are really on a roll these days. Well done (much better than with the facelift Octavia anyway)