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2018 Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI 115 review - verdict

Skoda’s new SUV is available with a compact 1.0-litre petrol engine, but is it worth choosing over a range of impressively economical diesel options?

Words By Neil Winn

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Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI

The Skoda Karoq is 1.0 TSI one the very best small SUVs on the market. It offers performance comparable to the larger 1.6 TDI diesel model, yet is Β£3330 cheaper to buy outright.

Granted, we’d still recommend upgrading to the 1.5-litre petrol engine if you're going to spend most of your time on the motorway or regularly filling the car with passengers, because it's that bit more flexible and fractionally smoother. But if you're not, this 1.0-litre TFSI engine will serve you extremely well.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Peugeot 3008

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Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI 115

Price Β£20,875 Engine 3cyl, 999cc, petrol Power 113bhp @ 5000-5500rpm Torque 148lb ft @ 2000-3500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerb weight 1878kg 0-62mph 10.6sec Top speed 116mph Economy 52.3mpg (official average) CO2, tax band 121g/km, 23%

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