2022 Skoda Karoq family SUV revealed: price, specs, and release date

The Skoda Karoq family SUV has been given a refresh with chunkier looks and improved comfort. Here’s everything you need to know about it...

Skoda Karoq facelift front tracking

On sale: Early 2022 | Price from: £24,000 (est)

Despite having some of the same genes, siblings all have their own approaches to life – and the Skoda Karoq has always taken a more straightforward approach to its duties than its quirky older brother, the Yeti. However, that hasn't stopped it selling in big numbers or becoming one of our favourite family SUVs, and Skoda is updating it for 2022 in an effort to keep it at the pointy end of the class.

From the outside, you’ll notice minor updates to the design, including new headlights (with optional matrix LEDs that automatically dip and adapt to the road ahead), a wider and bolder front grille, and some optional aero-styled alloy wheels. Around the back there’s a slimmer LED tail light design and a new rear spoiler. Overall, the updates are aimed at giving the Karoq a more rugged, yet more aerodynamic appearance.

Inside, Skoda has placed a particular focus on tech, comfort and sustainability. All Karoqs now come as standard with digital instruments as well some enhanced LED ambient lighting, and there’s also a new Eco pack which includes seats made of recycled and vegan materials.

Skoda Karoq interior

The dimensions of the new Karoq are almost identical to the current model, which means that it’ll be very spacious in both the front and rear seats. Boot space is the same at 521 litres, which is larger than rivals including the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai. The versatile 40/20/40 VarioFlex split folding rear seats are still available as an option. 

There are two trim levels on the updated Karoq, with SE Drive and SE-L variants, then on top of those you can also spec the car in a sportier Sportline trim. The SE Drive and SE-L models will be more understated, and inside they’ll also be more comfort oriented.

The Sportline models will have a sharper look with different bumpers, larger alloy wheels, tinted windows and black detailing. Inside, the Sportline will feature carbon door trims, sport seats and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Official UK specifications will be revealed once the car is launched in the next few months.

Skoda Karoq rear view

The engine line-up is largely the same as before, consisting of three petrol engines and two diesels. The petrols include 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre units, and the diesels are both 2.0-litres but with a higher and lower power output.

The aerodynamic improvements and minor tweaks to the engines are said to have improved overall fuel economy and CO2 emissions, and a new exhaust gas system on the diesels is said to have significantly lowered their NOx emissions.

Four-wheel drive will be available as an option on the higher powered diesel and as standard on the 2.0-litre petrol, and there’s also the choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. The entry level 1.0-litre model is only available as a manual. 

Prices for the refreshed Karoq are likely to be similar to the current car, which costs from £23,675. Expect UK sales to begin early next year. 

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