ŠKODA can do no wrong at the moment. They’re on a roll. Whenever they launch a new model it quickly racks-up a pile of awards for design, innovation, value, safety, driver enjoyment and the level of kit which comes as standard.
Consequently, when ŠKODA launched the 7-seater Kodiaq, the awards quickly followed.
The only snag was that ŠKODA was also deciding to get rid of the much-loved Yeti. Something needed to be done; they needed a small, family sized SUV.
Please welcome the ŠKODA Karoq.
With a starting price of £23,025, the ŠKODA Karoq gets off to a good start. It’s excellent value.
There are six levels of trim; the SE, SE-L, and SE Technology trims are available in the full choice of engines with 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol, 1.6 litre turbocharged diesel plus a really powerful 2.0 litre diesel all available. Scout, Sportline and Edition trims are only available with the 2.0 litre diesel unit. It’s the usual dilemma: the 1.5 litre petrol models offer the best refinement; if you want economy, head for the 1.6 diesel. If you want economy AND performance, head straight to the 2.0 litre TDi diesel engine. All are available with an auto ‘box, and the 2.0 litre diesel comes with four-wheel drive as standard.
The petrol engine returns around 52mpg, but for the ultimate in economy, the 1.6 diesel will crack 62mpg. However, the starting price for the diesel rises by £600 so if you don’t intend doing a high mileage or travelling regularly with a hefty load, stick with petrol power. Our pick would be the 1.5 litre engine which is lively with a 0-60mph time of just over 8 seconds. It feels quicker though.
The first thing you notice about driving and riding in the ŠKODA Karoq is how comfortable it is. The seats are comfy but the ride is remarkably smooth. It soaks up potholes around town yet remains nicely controlled at speed. It will be a perfect family car for either shopping trips or an outing to the beach.
Although moving up the trim range is tempting, most buyers will be more than satisfied with the entry level SE. You get air conditioning, DAB radio, really smart alloy wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Move up to SE Technology and you’ll get a terrific sat nav system and a handsome touchscreen infotainment screen.
The Sportline model looks terrific with its stylish alloy wheels and body kit. The Scout is aimed at people who intend leaving the tarmac behind and heading for some leafy lanes and rutted tracks. You get reinforcements to the front and rear wheel arches, spoilers and door sills, and there are ‘soft ‘road’ bumpers to soak up any knocks.
At the top of the Karoq range you’ll find the Edition model which comes with, well, everything.
There’s a serious up-market feel to the ŠKODA Karoq. The standard of build is excellent and the quality of materials used throughout the cabin is top class.
In other words, if you are looking for a family-sized, SUV, go and check out the ŠKODA Karoq at Pulman SKODA. It’ll become part of the family before you know it. Nestled in Belmont Industrial Estate, Pulman are your go-to guys for everything SKODA. While you’re taking a look around the Karoq don’t forget to stop for a coffee and a spot of lunch at their on-site Café Dafte – you won’t regret it!