Skoda Karoq (2018) Review

Skoda Karoq (2018) At A Glance

4/5

+High quality interior with a premium feel. Very practical with a large boot. Quiet and comfortable on the move. One of the best crossovers around.

-Not the most dynamic of designs. Hesitation issues with the 1.5 TSI petrol engine.

New prices start from £25,415, brokers can source from £19,270
Insurance Groups are between 10–16
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

If the Karoq looks distinctly familiar, that's no surprise given that this is the Skoda version of the SEAT Ateca. With the popular Yeti, a car loved by owners, now gone, Skoda is effectively replacing it with two models - the Karoq and the smaller Kamiq.

Of course there's no shortage of crossovers this size and the Karoq is competing in a very crowded market. So what makes it stand out?

Well we wouldn't say it's the most distinctive of designs. It's neat rather than daring but Skoda does offer a Sportline model which looks the part with vRS-style sports bumpers and bigger wheels. But what the Karoq does offer is plenty of space.

The boot is huge at 588 litres - that's more than a BMW 5 Series Touring - and the wide opening and low load lip make it easy to load things like pushchairs in the back. You can also get a double-sided boot mat as a £50 extra which we'd say is a sound investment.

Skoda's 'simply clever' features make the Karoq easy to live with too, the ice scraper in the fuel filler cap being one of our favourites, along with a useful hook system in the boot that means you can bags of shopping. 

It's perhaps the quality and feel of the interior which makes the Karoq a level above much of the competition. You can easily stick an Audi badge on the steering wheel and it wouldn't be out of place. Compared to the Qashqai or Sportage, the Skoda feels far more modern and even the Ateca feels a little dated when you compare the two.

Driving the Karoq is a familiar Skoda experience. And that's a big positive. It's undemanding and relaxing to drive with a solid gearchange on manual cars and little noise on the move, even at motorway speeds. It's not especially exciting but it handles well nevertheless with good feel from the nicely weighted steering.

While there's no shortage of choice if you're after a family crossover, the Karoq manages to stand out. It feels a quality vehicle, the interior is excellent and it's good to drive too. Top models are pricey but the Karoq competes well with rivals like the Peugeot 3008 on price and standard specification. If you're buying a crossover - definitely check out the Karoq before making a decision.

Real MPG average for a Skoda Karoq (2018)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

79%

Real MPG

30–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

270

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I want to replace my SUV with a smaller crossover. What do you advise?
"I have a 2017 Nissan X-Trail with 35k miles. I love it but I'm finding it just too big. However, I want to retain the high driving position, heated seats and power tailgate. I'd only be able to add a couple grand to whatever I get for the X-Trail in part-exchange. Any suggestions? I'm appreciative of any advice offered. Thank you."
We'd recommend a Skoda Karoq. It's a great crossover SUV that represents excellent value for money. A powered tailgate is standard on high-spec SportLine and Edition models, but is offered as an option on the rest of the range. Alternatively, look at a Peugeot 3008. It comes with an electric tailgate on the top-spec GT Premium, but it's available as an option on the Allure Premium and GT.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I do 15,000 miles a year and have £20k to spend. What car do you suggest I buy?
"I'm currently driving a Volkswagen Golf convertible but its time to change after a very close near miss on the motorway. I do a lot of motorway driving and some city/country driving, averaging 15,000 miles a year. My must-haves are parking sensors and good acceleration. I have a budget of about £20k to spend and quite happy with a secondhand car rather than a new reg. Not sure about crossover or something else. Any advice would be massively appreciated! Many thanks."
We'd recommend a diesel for your mileage. A comfortable, crossover SUV would be a good choice, too. Take a look at the Skoda Karoq. It represents excellent value for money. Go for the 2.0-litre diesel engine – it's a bit punchier than the 1.6. All models come with rear parking sensors. Alternatively, if a more premium choice appeals, how about a BMW X2? It's a stylish crossover SUV that's well-suited to lots of motorway driving. Front and rear parking sensors are standard on all X2 trim levels.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Dealer won't cover £2500 repair under warranty, what should we do?
"My brother bought a car brand new from Skoda, a Karoq. It is still under warranty and is coming up to 3 years old, and there has been a water leak through a rear seal in the boot in the car. The water has got into the steering chassis and Skoda has said this is "wear and tear" and the steering needs replacing at a cost of £2500. They have said the car is not roadworthy. They said he is not covered under the warranty for this fault. He is sure there has been no damage by him to the car, no accidents or repairs that may invalidate the warranty. What should he do?"
This is the second report we have received for this problem on the Karoq. I have recorded your brother's experience in the good/bad section of our Karoq review. The key to this issue is identifying the underlying cause of seal failure. It's theoretically possible for it to be damaged by road debris (a stone strike, for example) and this wouldn't be covered by the manufacturer warranty. However, given the car is less than three-years-old, I wouldn’t expect this part to fail as part of the car's normal wear and tear. Given the magnitude of the repair cost, it may be prudent for your brother to arrange for the car to be inspected by an independent Skoda specialist. They should be able to identify the cause of the seal failure and provide a written engineer's report that your brother can then use to challenge Skoda's original assessment.
Answered by Dan Powell
Why are so many car interiors dark and dreary?
"I find it difficult to understand why so many car manufacturers only offer black/dark grey interiors, increasingly with black headlining. I think these are dreary and depressing when compared with models available in other countries and former times. I'm currently looking to replace my Kia Sportage First Edition and the choice is very limited. I would happily purchase another Kia but, as with so many other manufacturers, they no longer provide acceptable interiors. It seems that I only have the choice of Volvo XC40, Skoda Karoq and the new Hyundai Tucson (Ultimate trim only). It’s probably too much to hope that the new Nissan Qashqai will broaden my choices."
It's a matter of supply and demand. Car buyers generally prefer dark interiors – just like they prefer cars in dull exterior colours like black and silver! Dark interiors generally hide dirt well, age well and will be easy to resell in the future.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Skoda Karoq (2018) cost?

Buy new from £19,270 (list price from £23,225)