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New Skoda Karoq vs Skoda Yeti

The Skoda Karoq has been given the tough task of replacing the hugely popular and distinctive Yeti. So, how do these two family SUVs compare?

Words By Steve Huntingford

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New Skoda Karoq vs Skoda Yeti – interior and equipment

Like the exterior, the interior of the Karoq takes its inspiration from the bigger Kodiaq, with the dashboard design showcasing the minimalist, logical style that we’ve come to expect from Skoda.

Where the Karoq differs is in the fact it's available with a Configurable Instrument Panel that replaces the traditional instruments with a digital display. This lets you choose from four specific layouts, ranging from Classic, which shows your revs, speed and location, to Reduced, which only displays key information such as speed and remaining fuel range.

This all contributes to a noticeable step up in perceived quality, even though the Yeti was far from poor in this area.


New Skoda Karoq vs Skoda Yeti – infotainment

As with the Yeti, all Karoqs come with an infotainment touchscreen, but this is 8.0in or 9.2in depending on the specification you choose, where previously it was 5.0in or 6.5in. The new systems are as easy to navigate as they are quick to respond, although the new gesture control technology (which activates features in response to hand movements) is quite clunky.

Instead, the biggest advancement over the Yeti is the fact that you now get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

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