Should you buy a Skoda Karoq?
The Skoda Karoq is predictable in its sheer competency. After making such a fine effort on the larger Kodiaq SUV, Skoda has followed up with a well-equipped, comfortable and practical crossover.
Access to the Volkswagen parts bin has also played a part, with the Karoq bagging the latest Volkswagen Group infotainment system and 1.5-litre petrol engine before the closely-related SEAT Ateca.
For many, it will be all the family car they’ll ever need. Detractors include a fairly narrow set of good-but-not-spectacular engines and handling prowess that falls behind the SEAT Ateca and Ford Kuga.
Unlike these two rivals, there isn’t any pretence of sportiness about the Karoq and the comfort-biased suspension makes this easier to live with on a day-to-day basis than both. Just be aware, the ride quality is spec-dependent, with four-wheel drive models offering better isolation from bumps and ruts – a trait shared with it sister car, the Ateca.
With this in mind, the Karoq should be right at the top of your potential new car wishlist - with plenty of space for four passengers, a large boot and a smart cabin.
For those looking for the cheapest Skoda Karoq, the 115hp 1.0-litre petrol boasts the best refinement of any version in the range. It isn’t particularly punchy, though, meaning those who cover mega motorway miles or frequently carry a full complement of passengers and their luggage may want to look more powerful engines.
Company car drivers will enjoy the best fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions in the 115hp 1.6-litre diesel, which manages 64.2mpg and 117g/km of CO2 when specced with the seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Finally, those after the quickest car in the range will want the 190hp 2.0 TSI - a very refined and competent model, but one that might be a bit costly to run.
We’re big fans of the more purposeful-looking Scout model, which comes fitted with the better-riding four-wheel drive setup as standard. It’s still not perfect, as the odd decision to fit sportier, low-profile tyres on a rugged model does take the edge off comfort levels.
The Sportline is another smart-looking Karoq positioned towards the pricier end of the range and doesn’t offer a different driving experience to any other model. It’s great if your budget can stretch to one, but you won’t be missing out on much elsewhere.