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Skoda Karoq long-term test review

Can the Kodiaq's smaller sibling convince a long-time fan of estate cars that SUVs are a better option?

Words By Will Williams

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Skoda Karoq
  • The car Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 DSG SE L
  • Run by Will Williams, photographer
  • Why it’s here This is our favourite trim of one of our favourite family SUVs, so we want to see how it stacks up in the real world
  • Needs to Be comfortable, smooth-riding and economical on a colossal commute, with plenty of space for photography equipment

Price Β£25,820 Price as tested Β£27,650 Miles covered 8500 Official fuel economy 50.4mpg Test economy 36.4mpg CO2 127g/km Options Three-spoke leather heated multi-function steering wheel (Β£150), upgraded Canton sound system (Β£550), Family Pack (Β£120), heated windscreen and washer nozzles (Β£250), Isofix front passenger seat (Β£35), metallic paint (Β£575), steel space-saving spare wheel (Β£150)


22 June 2018 – somewhere to hang your hat

You know when you’re on a photoshoot and you want to unload stuff out of the boot, but you’re wearing a hat and you want to take it off and hang it up somewhere, but there isn’t anywhere to do it? Oh, just me, then. Well, luckily for me, in the Karoq’s boot there are hooks on either side that offer the perfect place to hang my hat.

Now that I am pretty familiar with the Karoq, I can appreciate how Skoda’s modest tagline of 'simply clever' is entirely appropriate, because the interior is brimming with clever practical ideas like that.

There’s an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap, for instance, and the glovebox is air-cooled. Ok, I’ll admit these features won’t set anyone’s pants on fire in excitement, but when you live with the car day to day you come to really appreciate the incredible thought and ingenuity that have gone into the Karoq’s design and packaging.

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