It seems that just having a range of SUVs isn't enough these days; manufacturers must have uniformity in the first letter of their names, too. Don’t believe us? Then how about the VW Tiguan and T-Roc, or Seat Arona and Ateca? With that in mind, the Skoda Yeti’s days seemed numbered the minute the Czech brand named its seven-seat large SUV the Kodiaq. And indeed, those suspicions were confirmed with the announcement that the Yeti was to go, and its replacement family SUV was to be the Skoda Karoq.
Externally it looks every inch the modern Skoda, but under the skin is a platform shared with the Ateca and Tiguan. To make sure the Karoq doesn’t tread on any toes, it’s slightly smaller than the Volkswagen and set up to be less sporty and more comfortable than the Seat.
There are four engines in the range, and you can choose between front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual or seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Read on for our in-depth impressions.