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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 10,375 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)


19 July 2018 – the little things

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference.

Sending birthday cards on time (sorry, mother-in-law), stretching before exercise (sorry, hamstring), not making staff wait around for hours for a What Car? group test shot at sunset (sorry, road testers).

Skoda appreciates the little things as much as any other manufacturer. For example, if you have a reversing camera on your car, I bet you’ve had a moment when you look at the screen as you move backwards, only to see a grimy vision.

In such instances, your best hope is to get out of the car and use a cloth to clear away all the road muck that has ended up on the camera.

Well, in the Karoq, when the rear wiper is on and you put the car in reverse, a discreet nozzle shoots water onto the camera to wash it, so that you get a crystal clear picture as you reverse. It’s a simple but brilliant feature that’s quite rare to find on new cars, but it’s standard on SE L trim – our favourite in the Karoq.

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