Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.5 - 8.1 mpp
Diesel engines 6.6 - 9.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 32.8 - 47.9 mpg
Diesel engines 39.8 - 58.9 mpg
  • Decent fuel economy figures
  • No super-economical hybrid, however
  • Servicing should be reasonably priced

How much is it going to cost to run?

Running costs for the Skoda Karoq are impressively low regardless of which engine you opt for, though as the engine range consists solely of petrol and diesel engines there’s no headline figures from a plug-in hybrid, as with the Ford Kuga.

MPG and CO2

Things start out very strong for the Karoq, with the basic 1.0-litre 115hp engine returning a maximum of 39.8-45.6mpg in the official WLTP 'real world' Combined test. That’s a strong figure, but in terms of fuel economy there’s almost no penalty in opting for the far more pleasant 1.5-litre, 150hp unit, which also returns a Combined 39.2-44.8mpg.

That’s not quite as efficient as the Peugeot 3008 – its 130hp engine, which splits the difference of the Karoq’s units, returns up to 47.2mpg. It eclipses the maximum 41.5mpg of the Nissan Qashqai’s 140hp unit, however.

Opting for 4x4 or a DSG automatic – where available – will see these figures drop a little, but Skoda’s automatic gearboxes are very efficient and you shouldn’t notice a particularly large penalty in fuel economy. You’ll also see a drop if you opt for a trim level with larger wheels.

The range-topping 2.0-litre petrol unit with 190hp returns up to 33.3mpg, but it’s fitted as standard with 4x4 and a DSG. It’s also only offered in range-topping Sportline trim. You can find out how we got on with this engine and trim combination in our long-term report here.

Of these engines, we reckon the 1.5-litre TSI is the best for real-world economy – though its figures are the same as the less powerful 1.0-litre unit, the additional power and torque means you won’t have to work the engine so hard in getting up to speed.

2020 Skoda Karoq rear

For the diesels, the two basic options here return identical fuel economy – a maximum of 52.3mpg for both the 1.6-litre TDI 115 and the 2.0-litre TDI 150.

This isn’t class-leading – the diesel Peugeot 3008 will return up to 55.1mpg with a manual gearbox – but it’s still very good. As with the petrol engines, we reckon opting for the higher-powered 150hp unit is the way to go, as it won’t require working so hard and may return better real-world fuel economy.

There’s also a range-topping 190hp diesel, which, like its petrol sibling, is paired exclusively to the 4x4 system and a DSG automatic – returning a claimed 41.5mpg.

Combined CO2 emissions range from as low as 142g/km in both the 115hp petrol and diesel offerings, right up to 192g/km for the 2.0-litre TSI Sportline. Our preferred options, the 150hp TSI petrol and TDI diesel models, offer 141g/km and 143g/km respectively – not class-leading, but low enough.

Servicing and maintenance

Servicing intervals are once a year or every 20,000 miles. The Karoq should prove cheap to service it's established itself as an economical and reliable car.

How reliable is it?

  • 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 Volkswagen 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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155
Insurance group 10 - 23
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