Skoda Karoq 4x4 Road Test 2018

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The replacement for the all-conquering Yeti, #Skoda’s new Karoq has a lot to live up to. When Skoda launched the Yeti in 2009 they didn’t so much introduce an unusual, quirky piece of transports more an automotive phenomena. People own a Yeti, the Skoda part almost irrelevant. So when the replacement is noticeably more conventional, the Yeti name discontinued and the more or less exact same SUV is already available as the Seat Ateca where does Skoda’s new compact SUV stand?


Aimed squarely at the small to medium sized and ever expanding SUV market, the Karoq’s more conventional looks will once again expand the Czech brands appeal whilst offering customers a slightly smaller version of the Kodiaq. Complete with the narrower Skoda grille that houses the forward facing radar system, adaptive LED headlights slot neatly into the leading edge of the flat clamshell bonnet and high cut wings. A higher waistline and wide opening doors converge in a bluff rear perspective, the tailgate full depth and full width.


Whilst rim sizes vary the range topping Edition model sits high on 19” Crater alloy rims, 225/45 rubber and MacPherson strut suspension. The end result is the Karoq sits comfortably on the road, the increased ride height giving the estate a purposeful and useful yet subtle stance. As to whether this will increase the Karoq’s appeal remains to be seen, many modern SUV buyers preferring that their crossover makes the boldest possible statement about their supposed adventurous lifestyle even if it remains nothing more than a fantasy.


Inside the cabin the Karoq is far more spacious than the external appearance would suggest. In Edition spec, black leather covers the contoured, high backed seats, textured soft touch surfaces have been applied to most surfaces neat inlays decorate the doors as do Skoda green opera lights when the automatic lights illuminate. The thick rimmed multifunction adjustable and heated steering wheel sits just ahead of Skoda’s now familiar retro styled analogue instrumentation and on board readout. Simplified climate controls sit just below the gesture controlled 9.2” central screen that houses the Bluetooth, WiFi, and infotainment and satnav functions whilst the wireless phone charging pad is located just below.


Stop/start, terrain and mode controls are situated to the rear of the gearlever whilst folding picnic and tablet friendly adjustable tables are situated in the rear of both front seats. Stowage plentiful as is head, shoulder and leg room with more than sufficient room for five full sized adults and up to 588 litres of cargo space or 1,810 litres with the rear 60:40 split rear seats folded. And should this prove to be insufficient the chromed roof rails are capable of supporting a further 75kg complimented by a 2,000kg towing capacity.


Five engines are available, two petrol and three diesel ranging from 115hp to 150hp including a new 3-cylinder petrol, the 150hp diesel as tested. Available in both 2WD and 4WD, transmissions are either 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG although the manual gearbox is better suited to the smaller engines due to more frequent changes. Utilising the latest Euro6W technology, the 150hp, 340Nm of torque 4-cylinder turbo diesel is both refined and reasonably economical an average of 42.1mpg returned over 260 very mixed miles with 51.6mpg indicated on an extended motorway journey with the engine set in ‘Eco’ mode. The only other setting is ‘Off Road’ which as the name suggests is self-explanatory.


For the majority of the time ‘Normal’ is the preferred mode if only to ensure suitable engine response whilst ‘Sport’ is preferred for back road motoring. In the main, it’s more than safe to assume that around 500 miles is easily achieved from each 55 litre refill and as with all VW sourced engines, economy will noticeably improve once the odometer has passed the 10,000 mile mark. Maximum speed, where permitted of course is 121mph whilst 0-62mph comes up in a reasonable 8.7 seconds should the need arise.


To drive the Karoq is undemanding, the compact size and feel making placing the car extremely easy. Similarly, the increased ride height provides a commanding view of the road ahead and the Karoq’s immediate surroundings. The electrically assisted power steering is well weighted and provides a welcome degree of feedback, unusual for this type of system. In 6-speed manual form the transmission is smooth, light and precise whilst engine performance is adequate, the torque more than making up for Skoda’s now enforced reduction in diesel horsepower, something that really can be felt.


When pushed harder the Karoq remains in the main neutral even though the weight distribution errs towards the front, only the merest hint of understeer encountered on tightening corners. Likewise, body roll has been kept to a minimum ensuring that the stability and overall dynamics keep the car nicely balanced, the car embodying a feeling of nimbleness.


Correspondingly, cabin ambiance remains more or less undisturbed even when unavoidable surface irregularities are encountered, something of a bonus given the deplorable state of the UK roads. Overall, handling and comfort of the Karoq exceeds expectations for this type of vehicle, the vast majority of SUV compromises, Skoda seemingly sidestepping many of the SUV-type shortcomings.


Price wise the entry level 2WD SE 3-cylinder 1-litre petrol is £20,875 OTR climbing to £31,690 for the 2-litre DSG transmission diesel Edition whilst the similar Edition with various extras as tested carries an OTR cost of £32,310. And as with all Skoda models, various offers, deals and lease schemes are in place, Skoda’s own dealership network able to equal or better those of most independents.


Convincing Yeti owners that the Karoq is the natural replacement will still require a degree of persuasion. Where the main difference has come about isn’t in the looks of the Karoq it’s in the dynamics, the difference more than tangible. The Karoq provides the buyer with a small, useful and very capable SUV even more so in 4x4 guise. It’s also more than likely to attract yet more customers to the Skoda brand given the new model’s more conformist appearance and expanded choice of specifications.


As to whether the Karoq will generate its own subculture is doubtful but as a sensibly priced family SUV, it’ll more than carry on Skoda’s well-earned reputation. It scores high on practicality, build quality and in the main pricing. The Karoq range is sufficiently varied to attract a cross section of buyers both existing and new. But you still get the feeling that corporate dictate has won out over ownership appeal, something other brands have realised is a significant mistake.


By; Mark Stone