Is The Skoda Karoq The Compact SUV You Were Looking For?

Consumers flock to crossovers and SUVs and, as a result, automakers launch one model after another in order to satisfy the demand. Skoda’s proposal in the compact segment is the recently launched Karoq, which replaces the Yeti.

The Karoq slots under the Kodiaq and shares its platform with the Seat Ateca, but it is far more than a reshaped Spanish SUV, as the latest video review points out.

It’s a well equipped vehicle, with an interior that resembles that of its larger sibling, lots of storage spaces, cup holders, and places to store your mobile devices. Things aren’t that cramped either on the rear bench, and its boot has a decent size for a car in the compact segment.

The Karoq is front-wheel drive, but Skoda offers the option of an all-wheel drive system on certain models. Customers can currently choose between four engines: two petrols, with 115PS (113hp) and 150PS (148hp), and two diesels, with the same amount of power, but more torque, which can be mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

A more powerful 2.0-liter TDI with 190PS (187hp) will be offered later this year, and a performance-oriented vRS variant might be on the cards.

Pricing start from €24,290 ($29,122) in Germany, which makes it €3,800 ($4,556) more expensive than the base Nissan Qashqai, but opting for the range-topper, equipped with all optional extras, sees the price skyrocket to €45,000 ($53,951).

All things considered, should you put the Skoda Karoq in your list if you’re out shopping for a compact SUV? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.


  • supermanuel

    @ChristianGnaticov You said, in your ‘article’ above, “The Karoq slots under the Kodiaq and shares its platform with the Seat Ateca, but it is far more than a reshaped Spanish SUV, as the latest video review points out. ”

    Well, I watched all 8 minutes of that particularly poor video review and can categorically confirm that it does not in any way ‘point out’ how the Karoq is “far more than a reshaped Ateca”. But then it wouldn’t have done, because the Karoq really isn’t anything other than a very lightly altered Ateca. It is, literally, actually literally, an Ateca with a few amendments.

    I’d like to point out that there is nothing wrong with being a reskinned Ateca, nothing at all. But that is what the Karoq is.

  • I like Skoda…but I’d still prefer a station wagon over this.

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