On sale January 2018 Price from £20,875
The Karoq faces a challenge, though, as it's going up against some of the best small SUVs around right now, including the Volkswagen Tiguan, Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai. Our full review can tell you how it matches up to those cars when it comes to driving style, interior quality and practicality.
Skoda has now revealed prices for the Karoq, with the new SUV starting from £20,875. At that price, the Karoq is more expensive than both the Ateca and Qashqai – although it's worth noting that you get more equipment as standard in the Karoq than you do in either of those rivals. A Tiguan will still cost you more at £23,250.
The Karoq range starts off with SE specification, which gets you 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, the most basic 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, front fog lights, a driver fatigue monitor and rear parking sensors. Moving up to SE L brings a larger 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, plus front parking sensors, LED lights, heated front seats and a reversing camera, as well as larger alloy wheels.
Range-topping Karoq Edition versions of the car sit on 19in alloys and get the largest 9.2in infotainment screen, plus lane keeping assistance, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.
The Karoq's starting price will get you the 1.0-litre petrol in SE specification. The cheapest diesel option, the 1.6-litre TDI in SE form, will cost you £22,905. The likely big seller in the UK, the 1.5-litre petrol SE, costs £22,205. The range-topping 2.0-litre TDI diesel with four-wheel drive in Karoq Edition form is priced from £31,690.
Most Karoq buyers are likely to buy using a PCP finance deal and Skoda is expected to be competitive next to its key rivals when it comes to monthly costs.
Interestingly, it's known that Skoda is exploring the possibility of an even smaller SUV, using the same underpinnings as the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc and Seat Arona. That model would be primarily designed for the Chinese market and aimed at young buyers.
Can't wait for the Karoq to arrive in showrooms? Here are the best small SUVs you can buy today.
Top 10 best small SUVs to buy right now
10. Kia Soul
The Soul is more of a jacked-up hatchback than a fully fledged SUV. However, it still offers many of the benefits buyers in this market are looking for – it's competitively priced and its interior is roomy and well equippped. All of the Soul's engines could be more efficient and quiet, though, and there's plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. There's a fully electric version to consider if you'll mainly be driving in town.
Our pick 1.6 GDi 2
9. Audi Q3
While high-end versions are pricey, the Q3 is a desirable choice in this market, with a high-quality interior. It's also good to drive and relatively inexpensive to run, with engines that are mostly smooth and strong.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 150 SE
Compact on the outside but spacious inside, the Vitara is an easy car to live with. There's lots of standard kit on offer and it's relatively practical. It's just a pity that its petrol engines' CO2 emissions are unusually high for this class.
Our pick 1.6 SZ4
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