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Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Decent fuel economy figures
  • No super-economical diesel, however
  • Servicing should be reasonably priced

The Skoda Karoq’s running costs are about on par with the rest of its class. The most frugal engine on offer is the 115hp 1.6-litre TDI DSG which returns a claimed 64.2mpg on average (61.4mpg for the manual), lagging behind the Nissan Qashqai’s 110hp 1.5-litre dCi engine which returns a claimed 74.3mpg.

Of the other engines in the range, the 150hp 1.5-litre TSI DSG is the least economical at (a still respectable) claimed average of 50.4mpg (51.4 for the manual). Meanwhile, the 115hp 1.0-litre TSI is rated at 53.3mpg (54.3mpg for the DSG) and the 150hp 2.0-litre TDI at 56.5mpg (54.3 for the DSG).

Servicing should be relatively cheap, with fixed plans available from the main dealer.

Green credentials

  • Reasonable CO2 figures with conventional petrol and diesel engines
  • Lack of a super-low emissions diesel engines is disappointing
  • Both petrol engines perform well

The Skoda Karoq’s CO2 emissions are respectable for a car of this size powered only by conventional petrol and diesel-powered engines.

However, with a lowest CO2 rating of 117g/km for the 115hp 1.6-litre TDI DSG (120 for the manual), the Karoq lags behind rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai 110hp 1.5-litre dCi which manages just 99g/km.

Otherwise, CO2 emissions for the Skoda Karoq are as follows:

  • 115hp 1.0-litre TSI – 119g/km of CO2 (manual gearbox), 118 g/km of CO2 (DSG automatic gearbox)
  • 150hp 1.5-litre TSI – 123g/km of CO2 (manual gearbox), 125 g/km of CO2 (DSG automatic gearbox)
  • 150hp 2.0-litre TDI – 131g/km of CO2 (manual gearbox), 137 g/km of CO2 (DSG automatic gearbox)


  • Good overall levels of reliability
  • Build quality appears strong all-round
  • Beware of expensive repairs once outside of the standard warranty

Skoda has earned itself a good reputation for reliability over the years producing a wide range of well-built, reliable cars. Many of the Karoq’s parts have been tried-and-tested in other Volkwsagen-Group cars, meaning there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises or teething troubles with early examples.

A sound piece of advice would be to extend the Karoq’s warranty beyond the standard manufacturer offering. If something like the DSG gearbox goes wrong, then you could end up paying Volkswagen repair prices to fix your Skoda.

The Karoq’s cabin and general build quality all feel very solid, suggesting that even after a few years’ from children and/or animals, everything should be working like it did when new.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,098 - £1,455 *
Diesel 131p £961 - £1,168 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.6 TDi (115ps) Diesel 118 g/km (Min) £145
2.0 TSi (190ps) Petrol 158 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 9 - 20
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.