The Skoda Karoq is a top-drawer family SUV, offering comfort and superb practicality for a competitive priceread the full model review
Based on SE L trim, Scout adds a few distinctive off-road inspired touches that draw attention to its standard fit four-wheel drive and underbody protection. Although you also get an electric tailgate, panoramic roof, wireless network and special brown upholstery, its 19in wheels don’t do the ride any favours. And because you can only have four-wheel drive with the most powerful of the petrol and diesel engines, it’s expensive to buy.
This punchy petrol engine isn’t much thirstier than the 1.0-litre unit but feels more than strong enough to haul the Karoq around. Not only has it got plenty of power, it’s more refined than the diesels. That said, our True MPG fuel economy figure of 36.0mpg for a car fitted with an auto 'box was a little disappointing (and worse than a Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150 DSG). But unless you drive to the moon and back every year, this is still your best bet. Available as a manual or automatic.