Skoda Karoq (2018–)

Model History

May 2017

Skoda Karoq unveiled

Effectively replacing the Yeti, the Karoq is Skoda's equivalent of the SEAT Ateca. Five engine variants are available from 115PS to 190PS, of which four are new. Gets the new 1.5 TSI EVO engine rather than the older 1.4 TSI.

Skoda Karoq tyre sizes are base model 215/60 R16); SE 225/55 R17; SEL 225/50R18; and Edition 225/45R19. You can option to bigger wheels with lower profile tyres but not the opposite way round.

Features include the rear-seat VarioFlex system and the virtual pedal for the hands-free opening of the boot. Longer items can be comfortably transported in the interior of the compact SUV – thanks to the folding front passenger seat.

The compact SUV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high. The increase in size benefits the passengers. The kneeroom is 69 mm.

The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 litres with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1630 litres. The VarioFlex system consists of three separate seats, which can be individually adjusted and also be completely removed – and the Karoq is then converted into a van-like SUV with a maximum load capacity of 1810 litres.

With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all engines can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 190PS comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI has the special feature of cylinder deactivation.

The numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features contribute to the versatility of the Karoq. The first of the new features is the electrically opening tailgate, which can be opened and closed from the interior at the push of a button. The Virtual Pedal, which opens the tailgate with a simple foot movement under the rear bumper, is practical and convenient.

Also new to the range is the electrically retractable tow bar, which only folds out at the rear of the vehicle when it is needed.

September 2017

Prices for Karoq announced

It costs from £20,875 and comes in three trim levels - SE and Edition.

SE models feature 17-inch Ratikon alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED rear lights, dual-zone climate control, front assist, pedestrian monitor, and driver fatigue sensor as standard.

SE L models are priced from £23,165 and add a host of additional features, including 18-inch Braga alloy wheels, Amundsen satellite navigation with 8-inch touchscreen display, Smartlink+, keyless entry and start/stop, full LED headlights with adaptive front light system, heated front seats, and Alcantara upholstery. Customers opting for the SE L also benefit from a colour multifunction trip computer, rear view camera and front and rear parking sensors as standard.

Introduced to celebrate the launch of the all-new Karoq, the range-topping Edition trim offers customers the highest possible specification. All Edition models come with 19-inch Crater alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, metallic paint and leather upholstery as standard. Columbus satellite navigation with 9.2-inch touchscreen display & gesture control, electrically operated boot and LED ambient lighting are also included in the standard specification, along with a host of safety and driver assistance systems. These include Lane assist, Blind spot protection with Rear traffic alert and Traffic sign recognition. Despite its remarkably high specification, Edition models start from just £27,110 OTR.

Karoq SE

CO 2

VED Band

Recommended OTR

1.0 TSI 115PS

119

G

£20,875.00

1.0 TSI 115PS DSG

118

G

£22,175.00

1.5 TSI 150PS

123

G

£22,225.00

1.5 TSI 150PS DSG

125

G

£23,525.00

1.6 TDI 115PS

120

G

£22,905.00

1.6 TDI 115PS DSG

117

G

£24,205.00

2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4

131

H

£25,505.00

2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4x4

137

H

£26,805.00

Karoq SE L

CO 2

VED Band

Recommended OTR

1.0 TSI 115PS

121

G

£23,165.00

1.0 TSI 115PS DSG

120

G

£24,465.00

1.5 TSI 150PS

125

G

£24,515.00

1.5 TSI 150PS DSG

127

G

£25,815.00

1.6 TDI 115PS

120

G

£25,195.00

1.6 TDI 115PS DSG

117

G

£26,495.00

2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4

132

H

£27,795.00

2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4x4

138

H

£29,095.00

Karoq Edition

CO 2

VED Band

Recommended OTR

1.5 TSI 150PS

125

G

£27,110.00

1.5 TSI 150PS DSG

127

G

£28,410.00

2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4

132

H

£30,390.00

2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4x4

138

H

£31,690.00

January 2018

Karoq SE Technology introduced

Aimed at business customers, it has Amundsen satellite navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen display with European mapping, voice control and integrated Wi-Fi.

Drivers can connect to the infotainment system with ease thanks to Smartlink+ that pairs with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the Karoq also offers wireless charging and Phone Box Smartphone signal boost for improved communication on the move.

Customers receive a one-year subscription to Infotainment Online that provides live traffic reports, calendar updates and online search functions. The touchscreen display also includes gesture control to make navigating the menus easier.

Front and rear parking sensors, panoramic sunroof and LED daytime running lights come as standard on the SE Tech model, as well as adaptive cruise control. The SUV also includes the useful ŠKODA touches that customers have come to rely on, such as the ice scraper in the fuel cap, umbrella under the passenger seat, removable LED torch and handy storage compartments in the boot.

August 2018

Skoda Karoq Scout launched

As the only variant of the Karoq available exclusively with all-wheel drive, Skoda offers three engines for the Karoq Scout. In addition to a 1.5 TSI petrol engine with 150PS in combination with a 7-speed DSG, two diesel engines are also available.

The 2.0 TDI with 150PS comes with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard while a 7-speed DSG is available as an option. In the most powerful version, the 2.0 TDI 190PS is coupled with a 7-speed DSG as standard.

The Scout gets chrome and silver-coloured bodywork elements, anthracite 19-inch ‘Crater’ alloy wheels, tinted windows and Scout logos on the front mudguards. In the interior, the seats feature newly designed covers with black-brown contrasting seams. The multifunction leather steering wheel, pedals with stainless steel elements and an LED package that includes ambient lighting complete the extensive range of standard equipment.

August 2018

Karoq Sportline unveiled

There are four engines including exclusively the 2.0 TSI petrol engine with 190PS. The more powerful of the two 2.0 TDI diesel engines also produces 190PS.

In combination with this drivetrain, the compact SUV brings power to the road with a 7-speed DQ381 twin wet clutch DSG and four-wheel drive. The front-wheel-drive 2.0 TDI with 150PS comes with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard. Four-wheel drive, combined with DQ381 or DQ500 7-speed DSG, is optionally available for this model. For the 1.5 TSI petrol engine 150PS with front-wheel drive, Skoda also offers the 7-speed DQ381 DSG as an option, also in combination with all-wheel drive.

It gets sports bumpers and the exclusive 19-inch ‘Vega’ black polished alloys wheels create a sporty appearance. The front mudguards bear the SportLine logo and the body colour and black entry area, tinted windows and black roof rails round off the model’s elegant exterior.

The seats are upholstered with three-ply air-permeable Thermoflux fabric, which brings extra comfort to passengers, especially in summer. The multifunction sports steering wheel is covered with perforated black leather with stitching in silver. Pedals with stainless steel elements, a black headliner, black roof pillars and an LED package, which includes ambient lighting, complete the sporty interior.

March 2019

2.0 TSI petrol engine added to Karoq range

The new engine is available with the SportLine trim priced from £31,820. It develops 190PS and 320Nm of torque, and is paired with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard. It'll hit 62mph in 7.0 seconds, while officially it'll return 33.2 - 32.1mpg under WLTP tests.

February 2020

Skoda Karoq SE Drive announced

Standard equipment includes 17-inch Aero alloy wheels, unique SE Drive upholstery and LED ambient lighting. Amundsen satellite navigation with Infotainment Online for one year, colour trip computer, front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera are also included.

The Karoq SE Drive is available with two petrol engines with outputs of 115PS and 150PS, and two diesels that generate 115PS and 150PS. The 2.0 TSI 150PS petrol and the 1.6 TDI 115PS diesel can both be specified with a seven-speed DSG transmission. Prices for the new Karoq SE Drive range from £23,385 for the 1.0 TSI 115PS model to £26,700 for the 2.0 TDI 115PS DSG.

What does a Skoda Karoq (2018) cost?

List Price from £22,725
Buy new from £20,421
Contract hire from £188.28 per month