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First review Skoda Karoq (2022) – So good you’ll soon forget it

What is striking about the Skoda Karoq (2022)?

Nothing at all. And that is probably the strength of the Skoda Karoq. You can’t go wrong with its design and you won’t come across any surprises in its interior either. With the Karoq you can reach customers, business drivers would say. It is as gray as a three-piece suit and could easily pass for a Seat, Volkswagen or even Audi to non-car connoisseurs.

What’s good about the Skoda Karoq?

It is better to ask the question: what not? The Karoq is exemplary, delivers excellent performance, is endlessly comfortable and has a cabin in which everything is in a logical place. There is also plenty of space, for both occupants (there’s no shortage of space in the back seat) and for luggage. No SUV in the class of the Karoq has a trunk that fits 521 – 1630 liters of stuff! If you pay 600 euros more for Varioflex seats, you can shift the second row of seats and you can even get a maximum of 588 – 1810 liters.

Anyway, we have not yet talked about the facelift that the Skoda has recently undergone. If you take a closer look at the photos on this webpage, you may be able to spot the exterior differences: the Karoq’s grille is taller, wider and more upright, the headlights and taillights have been slimmed down, and some tweaks have been made to the bumpers and air intakes. The aerodynamic wheels and automatically closing grille flaps contribute to better air resistance and therefore to (slightly) lower CO2 emissions.

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A new feature is that an 8-inch digital instrumentation is always standard (optionally you can use the virtual cockpit have it enlarged to 10 inches). The dashboard of the renewed Karoq has a somewhat old-fashioned design. And we mean that in a positive way. There is an excellent working infotainment system, with large, clear physical buttons for the functions you use most often, also on the steering wheel. You either do the shifting yourself – with a fine six-speed gearbox – or have it done. The Karoq’s seven-speed DSG works seamlessly and smoothly, but sometimes you have to think too long if you have a smooth driving style.

To put that smooth driving style into practice, you have to rely on the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder turbo engine with 150 hp. In the Netherlands, it is only available with front-wheel drive (in other markets you can also opt for a Karoq 4×4) and goes to 100 km/h in 9 seconds. The stated WLTP consumption is around 1 in 16. That is quite acceptable for an SUV of this size, but could have been better with the application of hybrid technology (see question 3). For the best possible economy, you should also go to the 110 hp version of the Karoq. That squeezes a consumption of 1 to 17.2 from its three-cylinder.

What could be done better with the Skoda Karoq?

Do you want an SUV that you look back on with a smile after you park it? Then I would now close the Skoda price list and go get a stack of brochures elsewhere. Also because you may then be presented with electrification options. In the Skoda Octavia, the fuel consumption is reduced by (plug-in) hybrid technology, but unfortunately not in the Karoq.

When will the Skoda Karoq come and what will it cost?

Skoda keeps the delivery program of the Karoq clear: there are two engine variants, two transmissions and a total of four trim levels. The prices of the different versions are as follows:

  • 1.0 TSI 110 hp Ambition (manual) – 32,995 euros
  • 1.0 TSI 110 hp Business Edition (manual) – 33,490 euros
  • 1.5 TSI 150 hp Business Edition (manual) – 35,490 euros
  • 1.5 TSI 150 hp Business Edition (automatic) – 37,490 euros
  • 1.5 TSI 150 hp Business Edition Plus (automatic) – 38,690 euros
  • 1.5 TSI 150 hp Sportline Business (manual) – 38,990 euros
  • 1.5 TSI 150 hp Sportline Business (automatic) – 40,990 euros

What do I think of the Skoda Karoq?

Would I choose the Skoda Karoq in the compact SUV segment? New. That has nothing to do with his qualities, which are above average, but with his lack of character. The Karoq is too bland for me, not tasty enough. Moreover, with the current fuel prices in mind, I would rather have a model with hybrid technology on board. Or an all-electric SUV…

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