What Car? says...
Have you noticed how some manufacturers are naming their individual models with the same first and last letters, in order to group them into a family? That’s why we’ve got the Skoda Karoq, which sits between the smaller Kamiq and larger Kodiaq in the Czech brand’s SUV line-up.
The Karoq is, in essence, Skoda’s answer to the Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Seat Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan. On the outside, it looks every inch the modern Skoda, but under its skin it shares an awful lot of mechanicals with the Ateca and Tiguan – both of which are made by brands that, like Skoda, are part of the VW Group.
In petrol form, the Skoda Karoq was ranked ninth out of 28 family SUVs in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, while diesel versions came 14th. In our overall rankings of manufacturers, Skoda came a respectable 12th out of 30 brands. The Karoq comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, and that can be extended to five years/100,000 miles for a fee. Read more here
The Skoda Karoq is not available as an electric car, but you can get it with mild-hybrid technology. That delivers a slight improvement in fuel efficiency and emissions, but a rival model with a hybrid engine is likely to deliver better efficiency. If you want an electric SUV, you could consider the Skoda Enyaq iV, which we rate as a five-star car. Read more here
For its blend of power, performance and efficiency, we recommend the 1.5 TSI EVO petrol engine. Its official 45mpg efficiency is impressive given how well it pulls the Karoq along. Our favourite trim is mid-ranking SE L, which comes with useful extras including keyless entry, all-round parking sensors and parking cameras. Read more here
The Skoda Karoq SE L is our pick of the range because it offers a strong amount of standard equipment without pushing the price too high. Entry-level SE Drive does offer a strong list of kit, but we particularly like the driver aids such as parking sensors and cameras on SE L. Sportline is all about aggressive sporty looks, and includes 18in wheels and sports seats. Read more here
The Skoda Karoq was rated as a five-star car when it was tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017, although it is worth noting that since then, the testing has become much more stringent. The Mazda CX-30 is one of the best performers in the class, while the Peugeot 3008 and Seat Ateca also marginally outscore the Karoq in key areas. Read more here
The Skoda Karoq has one of the biggest boots in the family SUV class, with a capacity of 521 litres, and managed to take nine carry-on suitcases in our test. That’s one more than even the closely related Seat Ateca. If you select four-wheel drive rather than front-wheel drive, you lose a bit of that boot space. Read more here
|RRP price range||£26,255 - £38,515|
|Number of trims (see all)||3|
|Number of engines (see all)||5|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||diesel, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||36.0 - 59.4|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||2 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,558 / £2,718|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£3,116 / £5,435|