Which petrol-engined Skoda Karoq should I buy?

Reader has decided he wants a Skoda Karoq, but isn't sure if he should go for the 1.0 or 1.5 petrol engine.....

1: Skoda Karoq

I think What Car? magazine is an excellent publication and I use its information as a benchmark for choosing every new car I buy.

In the 2019 What Car? Awards, this model was named as the Best Buy family SUV for £18,000 to £30,000, and in a subsequent test against two other cars the Karoq 1.5 TSI SE L was considered the best car.

I'm in my 80th year and my existing Skoda Octavia saloon is eight years old, so I need a replacement for it. I would like a petrol-engined family SUV, and having read your reports, I’m thinking of going for a Skoda Karoq SE L.

However, I’m not sure whether the 1.5 petrol engine or the smaller 1.0-litre would best suit my needs.

The 1.5 is about £1350 more expensive, but that doesn't bother me. I want the version that provides the best value for money and overall performance. Please can you tell me which you think is best, so I don’t have to flip a coin to decide.

Michael David Greatrex

What Car? says…

We regard the Karoq highly because it excels in a number of important areas. It has a more cosseting ride than rivals, both around town and at motorway speeds. It’s also one of the most practical family SUVs, with plenty of room for four adults, and the SE L trim you’re considering has three individual rear seats that each slide and recline or can be removed completely if you need to transport bulky items. SE L trim also provides parking sensors, a reversing camera and one of the best infotainment systems in the class.

Skoda Karoq - interior

Our favourite engine is the 1.5 petrol, but which engine will suit you best depends on the type of driving you usually do. The 1.0-litre petrol unit is surprisingly sprightly and has lots of pulling power at low revs, so it’s ideal if you spend most of your time in town. However, the more powerful 1.5 is a better option if you frequently travel on motorways, carry heavy loads or three or four passengers. It’s also quieter than the 1.0 under hard acceleration. In fact, we think it’s the smoothest and quietest engine in the range.

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