Skoda Karoq Review 2024

Skoda Karoq At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Skoda Karoq simply one of the best affordable family SUVs on sale, if not the best. Despite being a few years old now it ticks all the boxes and has very few weak points. There are more exciting-looking rivals, though, and it's a shame there's no hybrid model.

+High quality interior with a premium feel. Very practical with a large boot. Quiet and comfortable on the move.

-Not the most dynamic of designs. Not available with hybrid power.

New prices start from £23,665
Insurance Groups are between 10–16
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure

If the Skoda 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, long gone, Skoda effectively replaced it with two models - the Karoq, which we're reviewing here, and the smaller Kamiq.

Of course there's no shortage of family SUVs this size and the Skoda Karoq is competing in a very crowded market. From bold new offerings such as the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, to the latest, ever-popular Nissan Qashqai to the much improved Vauxhall Grandland, there's plenty of alternatives. So what makes the Skoda 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. Even so, it's one of the most conservative-looking models in its class. 

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 could easily stick an Audi badge on the steering wheel and it wouldn't be out of place. Even the Ateca isn't quite as nice inside despite being closely related. Again, newer rivals have glitzier technology and some posher surfaces, but the Karoq leads the pack in terms of ease of use.

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 the ride is very comfortable for a car of this type. 

While there's no shortage of choice if you're after a family SUV, the Karoq manages to stand out. It feels a quality vehicle, the interior is excellent and it's good to drive, too. Top models aren't cheap but the Karoq competes well with rivals like the Peugeot 3008 on price and standard specification. If you're buying a family SUV - definitely check out the Karoq before making a decision.

We lived with a Karoq Scout for six months - find out how we got on with it in our Skoda Karoq Scout long term test. Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Skoda Karoq review

Ask Honest John

What's a good SUV that's ULEZ compliant?

"I’m a pensioner who has had to dispose of his Land Rover Discovery 2 because of ULEZ. I need a replacement, up to £15000, auto, preferably petrol, and with room to get in behind the wheel as I’m not that agile. Obviously it has to be ULEZ compliant. Any suggestions?"
A Skoda Karoq with the 1.5 TSI engine and DSG gearbox would be a sensible choice. It's not as big as your Discovery, but it's easy to access and very comfortable. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sportage.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What's the best SUV for short people?

"What is the best mid size suv for short people?"
We would suggest looking at cars like the Skoda Karoq, BMW X3 and Lexus RZ, which should be suitable for shorter drivers.
Answered by David Ross

Should I use main dealer or independent servicing for my car?

"My Skoda Karoq is nearly three years old. I’ve only done 20,000 miles and it’s running well. As car prices have increased considerably in the last three years I intend to pay the balloon payment at the end of the PCP term and keep the car. My concern is whether to choose independent or dealer servicing going forward as the car moves out of warranty. There is no service book. I’m told it's a digital record only available to Skoda dealers. I’m also concerned that a traditional mechanic will not be able to update the software."
Using an independent garage or main dealers for servicing is a matter of personal choice. Main dealer servicing tends to be the most expensive option, but comes with the reassurance of staying within the dealer network and will potentially contribute to its value should you choose to sell in the future. Independent specialists can usually provide all the services of a main dealer but at a reduced price, and if you choose the right independent they will be able to install any required software updates. As for the digital service record, you are entitled to request a printed copy of any work carried out on your vehicle.
Answered by David Ross

What's the best car for a disabled driver?

"I have severe upper limb mobility and struggle to drive even with a steering spinner as my Mini Clubman is so low. I cannot operate tailgates at all by hand and cannot reach up above chest level. What type of SUV should I buy so that I am sitting at a much higher level for steering, to be able to get in and out of the car more easily and which MUST have hands free or remote operated tail gate please? I’m a so confused by the different specs etc and even just trying to find out about the tailgate operation etc, please can you help? I need an SUV for luggage space with more than the Clubman for travelling in the UK. I have a budget of around £30,000 and I do not want to lease but may need a part loan or 0% if possible finance deal. I am looking for a new or fairly new SUV with no/very low mileage. I am trying to avoid having to pay for huge adaptations like joy stick steering as I am not eligible for motorbility help as I can walk okay. "
We'd recommend a Skoda Karoq. It's a family SUV with a relatively high seating position. A powered tailgate is standard on the Sportline but available as an optional extra on lesser models. A nearly-new example should fit the bill nicely. Also look at a Volkswagen Tiguan or Kia Sportage.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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