The Skoda Karoq has already confirmed that it’s a simple and succesful contender within the crowded small SUV market, due to a wholesome combination of no frills practicality and worth for cash. It’s additionally a automotive Skoda has lofty ambitions for, therefore the necessity for a generously-specced flagship mannequin.
Step ahead the Karoq Version. It’s as lavish because the Czech mid-size SUV comes, loaded with many of the tech you’ll discover within the bigger Kodiaq. The group’s newest 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine is offered too, however right here, we’re giving it a go over in 2.Zero-litre TDI diesel type.
SUVs of this dimension are hardly ever used away from the highway, however Skoda is least entertaining the thought with the two.Zero-litre TDI Karoq. All-wheel-drive is normal, whereas the drive mannequin selector additionally boasts an off-road setting which primes the powertrain prepared for low-grip surfaces. The all-wheel-drive system leaves practicality unhampered, with the Karoq’s aggressive 479 litre boot unchanged. A six-speed handbook gearbox is normal match, with the seven-speed DSG automated a £1,300 further on the choices checklist.
Whereas we’ve but to actually put the Karoq via its paces within the muddy stuff, its on highway skills are as stable as ever. The two.Zero-litre diesel will get essentially the most torque of any engine within the line-up at 340Nm, served strongest between 2,000-Three,000rpm. Certain sufficient that beneficiant lump of torque signifies that it’s essentially the most versatile powertrain within the lineup – albeit the costliest one – but with diesel’s recognition solely heading a technique in Britain it’s unlikely to be the quantity vendor.
It’s straightforward to rise up to motorway speeds thanks toa respectable eight.7-second sprint to 62mph, whereas it’s additionally decently refined – the tyre roar produced by the Version’s low profile tyres and 19-inch alloy wheels is extra noticeable on the transfer than the grumble of the diesel unit below the bonnet.
Our earlier encounters have unearthed a safety-first method to the way in which the Karoq drives, and there’s no change right here. The controls are gentle and correct, suiting the goal market of such a automotive. The suspension set-up is softer than the Karoq’s sister automotive, the SEAT Ateca, which means there’s much less firmness to be felt round city.
It’s in no way excellent – our check automotive’s 19-inch wheels stealing a little bit of further suppleness in favour of fashion – however by and huge you’ll be very snug within the Karoq. It feels at dwelling on British roads, pulling off the fragile act of balancing stable all-speed journey high quality with out feeling unfastened or uncontrolled within the bends.
The Karoq’s cabin is a nice place to be, too, and Version fashions ramp up the luxuries. Leather-based upholstery is normal, and the fashionable wanting, Kodiaq impressed dashboard is dominated by Skoda’s 9.2-inch Columbus infotainment show. It’s sharp to make use of with crisp graphics and an intuitive person interface, and options satellite tv for pc navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus Wi-Fi. Nevertheless, the gesture management functionality might be misplaced on most customers, and the marginally smaller eight-inch system fitted on cheaper fashions is simply nearly as good for many makes use of.
With the Version positioned because the vary topper it’s unsurprisingly festooned with normal gear, although it builds on SE L trim with a handful of selection additions moderately than an intensive checklist. A glass panoramic sunroof opens up the cabin to make each the back and front row really feel open and lighter, and there’s additionally LED ambient lighting to offer it a cultured air.
Up entrance, the motive force will get an electrically adjustable seat and door mirrors, plus a wi-fi charging pad for smartphones situated behind the gearstick. Extra driver assists are additionally included; objects reminiscent of lane preserve help, blind spot detection and site visitors signal recognition.
Nevertheless, with these additions, the Karoq Version chalks up a giant price ticket for an SUV with worth for cash at its coronary heart. SE L fashions look higher worth, each on checklist worth and on month-to-month PCP offers, as they provide many of the equipment you’d moderately need and anticipate on this class of automotive. If you happen to do need a top-spec mannequin, the 1.5-litre petrol engine is our choose too – it’s simply as highly effective, almost as economical, and cheaper to purchase.