The Skoda Karoq is a top-drawer family SUV, offering comfort and superb practicality for a competitive priceread the full model review
There’s no stripped-down S version of the Karoq, so the range starts with well-equipped SE models. These get 17in alloy wheels, adjustable lumbar support, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, electric front and rear windows, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Add the super-practical VarioFlex seats and the SE is pretty much all you need.
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.