Is The Skoda Karoq Even Better Than The VW Tiguan?

For many, Skoda is the real hero brand within the VW Group, as it offers not just good value for money but, in some cases, cars that are on par, or even better, than their VW counterparts.

One of them that comes to mind is the Yeti, the quirky compact crossover that was originally launched in 2009. Despite its boxy design and a wealth of practical features, the Yeti drove like a hot-hatch without being overtly sporty, making it one of the most exciting surprises of the year.

Skoda is now launching its replacement, which is named the Karoq. Gone is the quirky, van-like design of the Yeti, as the Karoq adopts a more standard-issue SUV shape – and that’s because the automaker wants you to see it as the smaller brother of the Kodiaq.

It may look conservative, but the cabin feels like a nice place to spend time in, with nice soft-touch materials and the latest in infotainment and connectivity features. Some might say that the dashboard even looks more interesting than the one in the VW Tiguan.

So, is the new Karoq another genuine surprise from Skoda? Let’s find out what Car Buyer has to say.

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  • Yanis Benchara

    carscoops why did you changed the interface of your website , it’s less pratical than it was , now we can’t clic on a page and slide it to open it in a new tab :/ , the home page was so simple , now it’s more complicated

    • Yep. Also, there are huge empty white spaces on the page. Newer is not always better…why change something that’s working just for the sake of change?

  • Able

    For sure the Karoq is a better offering than the Tiguan – why so? The Karoq’s interior is much nicer quality than the Tiguan, which is something that many reviews seem to leave out. The Tiguan’s interior is filled with hard, brittle plastics and like the Golf, the previous generation’s interior was much higher quality. The new one is much more practical and versatile – although not Karoq practical – but Volkswagen’s are meant to have a quality interior, so it’s a bit embarrassing when your supposedly budget sub-brand feels nicer on the inside… it’s the same with the Kodiaq as well.

    • Miknik

      IMO Volkswagen interiors have really taken a nosedive in terms of quality (esp. material quality) in the last one or two generations, with the new T-Roc marking an infamous new peak; Whilst it does bring some heavily needed color, it has entirely ditched any kind of soft, higher quality or non scratchy materials. Not only is Skdoa – a lot -better inside, but so is nearly every competitor nowadays (except some SEAT – new Ibiza, Arona or base Atecas – that are approaching Dacia levels of materials mix and luxury)

  • Burnermovement

    Well, it’s much better looking than the Tiguan, that’s for sure.

  • Finkployd

    felt outraged when the new girl did the bag of crisps test?!? girl just do your own thing

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