Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Karoq estate?
Visibility in the Karoq is pretty good, but there are no front parking sensors on lower trim levels, so make sure to check the extremities for scuffs and marks, and the same goes for the alloy wheels.
You’ll also want to pay close attention to the interior, because a Karoq is likely to have been bought by families to carry children. Look out for stains, scratches and broken plastics throughout as signs of a less-than-sympathetic former ownership. Don’t forget to fold down the tray tables in the back, if fitted, to check them out too.
What are the most common problems with a used Skoda Karoq estate?
Cracked front seat frame
It's possible that a small number of Karoqs built between 1 February 2019 and 5 February 2019 could have a cracked left front seat frame. A Skoda dealer will be able to inspect your seat for any damage and will replace the frame if necessary.
The parking brake on some examples made between 1 July 2017 and 31 August 2018 could disengage at the wrong moment when the clutch is depressed. Any Skoda dealer will be able to let you know if your car is affected and can perform a software update if necessary to solve the issue.
Rear head restraints
There have been two recalls so far for the rear head restraints of the Karoq: the first relates to vehicles constructed between 1 May 2018 and 31 August 2018 where the mounting bracket might not have been welded correctly during production; the second is for the central head rest of models made between 18 April 2018 and 26 June 2018. Your local dealer will be able to let you know if your car needs to have any recall work carried out.
A-pillar interior moulding
Early cars manufactured between 21 October 2017 and 31 December 2017 had an issue with the interior moulding that covers the A-pillar near the windscreen: the fleece covering the moulding could peel off the moulding, which could then splinter in cold weather if the curtain airbag deploys from behind it in a collision, leading to potential injuries. Check with your nearest Skoda dealer to find out if your car still needs this recall to be carried out.
Is a used Skoda Karoq estate reliable?
The Karoq didn't do particularly well in the family SUV class, coming in 16th place out of a class of 22. That being said, Skoda as a brand was in ninth place out of 31 car manufacturers, so the individual result might improve as Skoda irons out the bugs with this relatively new model.
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