For fans of recent Skoda models, the big news back in 2018 was that the Karoq replaced the much-loved and highly-praised Yeti, a car admired by everyone from families to farmers to Jeremy Clarkson. This was mostly thanks to its oddball looks, oodles of practicality and bags full of equipment. So, quite a hard act to follow, especially considering its Volkswagen Tiguan and Seat Ateca competition.
The Karoq is a no-frills family SUV with a very practical cabin and a range of sensible, economical engines. The car’s sliding rear seats and wide cabin mean 3 adults won't feel like tinned sardines in the back and the boot's roomy enough to carry everything you need for a family week away. Externally, it looks every inch the modern Skoda, but under its skin it shares an awful lot of its mechanicals with the Ateca and Tiguan – both of which are made by brands that are part of the same VW Group.
Just like the Seat Ateca, there’s no bare-bones trim with a cheap entry price to tempt you into the purchase of the Karoq. That makes the Karoq look more expensive than its Seat Rival, or a Nissan Qashqai, but compare trims on a like-for-like equipment basis and you’ll find the Karoq is very reasonably priced. The Karoq is a top-class family SUV with flexible seating, a big boot, and plenty of space inside for passengers. It’s also a pleasure to drive, thanks to its comfortable ride, great visibility, and high-quality interior. If you’re after something sportier then have a look at the Seat Ateca, but there is no doubting that the Karoq is the better all-rounder.
“The new Skoda Karoq is a car that will enable you and your loved ones to rediscover the things that are really important and that matter.”