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Skoda Karoq 2017 verdict and specs

The Skoda Karoq has the tough task of replacing the hugely popular Yeti SUV and standing out in a competitive class. Has it been successful?

Words By Neil Winn

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Skoda Karoq by the water

Should I buy one?

The new Skoda Karoq is high in quality inside, with a more practical interior than direct rivals. Plus, it should make desirable high-tech features such as digital instruments and gesture control more accessible than ever.

Granted, issues with the steering and low-speed ride will need to be addressed before production starts, but we have high hopes that Skoda will work on this, and that its optional adaptive dampers will bring some traditional Skoda-like compliance to proceedings.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 150 4x4 DSG

Engine size 2.0 diesel

Price Β£17,770 (est)

Power 148bhp

Torque 251lb ft

0-62mph 8.7sec

Top speed 131mph

Gov't fuel economy 56.5mpg

CO2/tax band 132g/km, 28%

Insurance group tbc

Airbags tbc

Doors 5

Seats 5

On sale Late 2017

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