Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: All-new Skoda Karoq to replace Yeti

Published 12 September 2017

Skoda has revealed its replacement for the popular Yeti. Called Karoq, the new crossover is due in show rooms from early 2018 with an expected starting price of around £17,500. Click above to watch the video overview.

The all-new, five-seat Nissan Qashqai rival shares much of its styling with the bigger Kodiaq. Many components are shared with the current Honest John Car of the Year, the SEAT Ateca, including engines and safety tech.

All of the engines are turbocharged, with power outputs ranging from 115PS to 190PS. In total there are five to choose from – two petrol and three diesel – with capacities of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre for the petrols, or 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre for the diesels. Top models come with a 190PS 2.0 TDI, all-wheel drive and a DSG automatic transmission.

Safety equipment is to include lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and auto emergency brakes, plus there is plenty of convenience technology including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. A wireless phone charging pad will also be offered.

There are four different infotainment systems, which vary depending on the trim level chosen. The basic 6.5-inch Swing system goes without Bluetooth and DAB, but upgrading to Bolero brings an 8-inch touchscreen. Amunsden adds navigation and WiFi, along with Smartlink+. The top Columbus has a larger screen and improved WiFi, along with gesture control.

In typical Skoda style there are numerous “Simply Clever” features, ranging from a built-in ice-scraper and a holder for pay and display tickets, to a retractable tow bar and a hands-free, electrically-operated tailgate.

Luggage capacity is 521 litres with the rear seats in place, or 1810 litres with them folded. That’s a little smaller than the Volkswagen Tiguan, but larger than the Nissan Qashqai.

Full pricing and specification details are likely to be revealed at the end of summer, with the first cars arriving in the UK in early 2018. 

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signman    on 13 September 2017

The people at Skoda must be so upset their design flair has been watered down by their VW paymasters such that this Karoq is almost a carbon copy of the Tiguan.

No wonder the Yeti name was dropped as this has no such quirky Skoda design credentials.

Martin Delacamp    on 13 September 2017

I have had my Yeti for three years and been delighted with it despite the VW engine scandal. I was looking forward to swapping for a newer Yeti at the end of my PCP deal but am horrified to learn that there are no more Yetis. The Kodiaq is too big and when eventually the Karoq is available its styling is so like so many other cars I despair. If it ain't broke, why mend it? Why change such a popular car? Well done VW/Skoda, you have lost a happy customer.

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