Skoda Karoq long-term test review

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Will Williams
06 June 2018

Skoda Karoq long-term test review
  • 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 £25,820 Price as tested £27,650 Miles covered 7350 Official fuel economy 50.4mpg Test economy 36.4mpg CO2 127g/km Options Three-spoke leather heated multi-function steering wheel (£150), upgraded Canton sound system (£550), Family Pack (£120), heated windscreen and washer nozzles (£250), Isofix front passenger seat (£35), metallic paint (£575), steel space-saving spare wheel (£150)

6 June 2018 – on holiday in the Skoda Karoq

Cornwall is a tough test for any car: slippery, tight, mucky – but enough about the locals.

I jest, of course (I wouldn’t wish to offend my fellow Kernow brethren), but it’s true that the roads aren’t for the faint-hearted driver, nor the large-sized SUV; just ask the Audi Q7 I brought here a few years ago…

During a week in deepest, darkest south-west England, however, the Skoda Karoq proved to be a brilliant companion.

True, the holiday didn't get off to the best of starts because I wasn’t the only person who thought driving south on the Friday before half term was a good idea. That meant quite a lot of time thinking about life, staring at Stonehenge, stuck in traffic.

The Karoq proved to be a very comfortable place to do this, though – it was only after three hours behind the wheel that the seats began to feel a bit firm, which is as good as you could really expect. What's more, when you're on the move, the ride is mostly very good, with only the sharpest of motorway expansion joints unsettling the car.


Skoda Karoq long-term test review

I also had no trouble squeezing the Karoq down some of Cornwall's many narrow country lanes, thanks to its flat, boxy proportions, and the great visibility from the driver’s seat.

And when we eventually got to Cornwall the Karoq earned a few new admirers. My mate’s kids Annabelle, 4, and Toby, 7, found the back seats to be very comfortable, with plenty of space for them. Plus, their child seats were really easy to fit through the wide-opening rear doors, and the fold-up tables on the backs of the front seats proved to be handy.

Less impressive was the sat-nav, which didn't pick up on any of the delays on the long drive south, while also telling me about some that didn’t seem to exist.

But the biggest disappointment so far is fuel economy. This wasn’t great during my first few miles with the Karoq, and there hasn't been a great deal of improvement since. Fingers crossed that’ll change as the engine loosens up.

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