4.6 out of 5 4.6
Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

Practical and comfortable, the Karoq is a highly-recommended family car

Skoda Karoq SUV (17 on) - rated 4.6 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £26,255 - £38,875
Lease from new From £316 p/m View lease deals
Used price £11,505 - £32,760
Used monthly cost From £287 per month
Fuel Economy 32.8 - 58.9 mpg
Road tax cost £165
Insurance group 10 - 25 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Very comfortable interior
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Easy to drive with good visibility

CONS

  • Not as sharp to drive as some rivals
  • 1.0-litre petrol engine struggles on motorways
  • Lack of super-low-emissions engine or hybrid

Skoda Karoq SUV rivals

Written by CJ Hubbard on

The Skoda Karoq is a key competitor in the popular mid-size SUV market, and successor to the much-loved Skoda Yeti. In comparison, the Karoq is much more conventionally in line with its main rivals in terms of overall look and design, but is still packed with lots of the neat features that help Skoda products stand out. It’s based on the same technology as many other vehicles in the Volkswagen Group, of which Skoda is a major part.

As such, if you’re after a five-seater family car that offers good value and plenty of comfort, the Karoq should definitely be on your radar. Facelifted in 2022, the latest version has an updated appearance – including a revised interior – improved efficiency for better fuel economy and lower emissions, and changes to the available equipment.

There are competent rivals from nearly every carmaker you can think of, however, covering a wide range of needs and desires. The archetypal example is the Nissan Qashqai, but whether it’s the value and dependability of a Kia Sportage or Hyundai Tucson, the class and style of a Peugeot 3008 or Volkswagen Tiguan, or the good driving manners and hybrid capability you get from the latest Ford Kuga or Toyota RAV4, there is a family-sized SUV to suit you.

Broadly speaking, the Karoq presents a viable alternative to almost everything the others can throw at it. Although, with engine choice limited to conventional petrol and diesel motors, Skoda is looking a little out of touch with modern times – not even offering any form of hybrid capability. That said, the engines do have a number of clever tricks to help keep your eco-conscience clear.

Furthermore, a choice of manual and automatic transmissions, plus four-wheel drive on Karoq 4×4 models, makes for a well-rounded selection of versions. And with as much as 190hp it doesn’t struggle for performance. There are three current trim levels, covering most tastes: SE Drive, SE L and Sportline.

Updates for the facelift include the option of an Eco pack that features seat coverings partially made from recycled plastic bottles, while slimmer headlights and a wider grille give the Karoq a marginally more modern and sophisticated air. Other tweaks, such as the optimised wheel covers and extended rear spoiler, improve the aerodynamics, helping the car achieve better mpg.

Over the next few pages will explore every aspect of the Skoda Karoq, including what it’s like to drive and how comfortable it is. Keep reading for the full Parkers verdict.

Skoda Karoq SUV rivals