The drape has actually finally been raised on the brand-new Skoda Karoq– the second prong of the firm’s attack on the rewarding SUV market, which began with the bigger Kodiaq. It’s a SEAT Ateca and VW Tiguan rival that will go on sale in late 2017 priced at around ₤ 17,000– visibly less expensive than either of its competitors.
The Karoq features Skoda’s recent angular design language inspired, we’re dependably informed, by Czech crystals. It has a chrome-trimmed grille with vertical slats, angular headlights and optional full-LED headlights with daytime running light signatures. It also features LED brake lights as standard.
The interior will be comfy, spacious and– if its recent models are anything to go by– well put together. Like the larger Kodiaq, the materials will be pleasant and hard using however not as plush as those used in the VW Tiguan. The 2018 Skoda Karoq features digital dials as an alternative in a similar fashion to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit– a first for the firm– and a basic 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The upgraded infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Karoq’s is roomier than the Yeti model it replaces. It offers a 521-litre boot, which jumps to a huge 1,630 litres with the rear seats down. You can also get rid of the rear seats completely, leaving a van-like 1,810-litre capacity. An optional rear-seat setup comprised of 3 individual chairs lets you slide and fold each separately– permitting you to prioritise boot area or passenger room as you require it.
The 2018 Skoda Karoq is offered with three diesel and two petrol engines consisting of the brand-new 1.5-litre fuel discovered in the facelifted VW Golf. It utilizes clever fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology to turn off half the engine when you’re travelling to save fuel. A manual transmission is basic however household purchasers may wish to consider the optional DSG automatic. Many purchasers will opt for the 2.0-litre 150hp diesel engine– a system that balances performance and economy– while releasing just 115g/km of CO2 emissions. 4×4 is optional for extra grip in poor driving conditions. An optional off-road driving mode optimises the car’s traction control system to increase grip in the slipperiest of conditions.
The 2018 Skoda Karoq will go on sale in late 2017. Complete rates have yet to be verified, however entry-level models will cost around ₤ 17,000.