Buyer’s guide to the Skoda Karoq

Buyer’s guide to the Skoda Karoq

Here’s what you need to know about Skoda’s mid-size Karoq crossover

Replacing the well-loved Yeti in 2017, the Skoda Karoq is now one of this firm’s most popular cars.

From its spacious cabin, through to its impressive practicality and great road dynamics, this is a model that offers a huge amount of appeal if you’re looking at a crossover as your next car.

With an extensive line-up offering loads of engine and trim level choice, our guide helps to simplify the range, and find the right model for you…

What engines are available?

Plenty of engine choices are available with power outputs ranging from 113bhp through to 187bhp.

The most affordable engine is a 113bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This is followed by a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol unit, which is available with a manual or seven-speed automatic DSG transmission. Both these two engines are front-wheel-drive only.

If you’re fancying something sportier, choose the 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit, which is available exclusively in the Sportline trim. It comes with an automatic transmission and with four-wheel-drive, too. It’s also the quickest engine in the line-up – powering the car from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds.

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There is an equal amount of diesel options, with a 113bhp 1.6-litre unit (available with manual and automatic gearbox) kicking off the line-up. It’s also the most efficient engine in the Karoq range – returning up to 52.3mpg, with claimed CO2 emissions of 143g/km.

Following this is a popular 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is available with outputs of 148bhp or 187bhp. The former gets loads of choice – so you can have it with manual or automatic gearboxes, as well as two- and four-wheel drive options. If you choose the larger 187bhp engine you have to have it with the DSG automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive.

What trim levels are offered?

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Just like Skoda gives you plenty of engine options, it also grants you an impressive six trim levels to pick from. Equipment highlights and pricing are as follows…

SE – from £22,575

The Karoq certainly isn’t lacking in equipment, with the model coming as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, electrically folding and auto-dimming door mirrors, LED rear lights and a leather steering wheel. It also gets dual-zone climate control, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors. An eight-inch touchscreen is also fitted, which brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with automatic emergency braking.

SE Drive – from £23,430

SE Drive is the version adding the best value for money – introducing a colour trip computer, satellite navigation and access to online services through the touchscreen. It also comes with LED interior lighting, front parking sensors and a reversing camera.

SE L – from £25,510

Mid-spec SE L is a popular choice, as it adds 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, heated front seats, alongside keyless entry and start and switchable drive modes.

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If you’re wanting a more rugged Karoq, the Scout is the version to go for. All versions come with four-wheel-drive, while it also comes with an off-road mode offering hill descent control to maintain a constant speed when going downhill. Larger 19-inch alloy wheels are also fitted, along with off-road styling and a cool black and brown interior. It’s only available with the flagship diesel engines – hence the steep price increase.

Sportline – from £28,545

Meanwhile Sportline versions instead go down a sportier route – coming with a sports steering wheel, a black styling kit, grey 19-inch alloy wheels and Alcantara-like sports seats.

Edition – from £29,790

Sitting above SE L at the top of the line-up, the Edition brings 19-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint and a large 9.2-inch touchscreen with gesture control. It also offers high-end features, including leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat with memory function, a panoramic sunroof and an electric boot. Further safety kit is also fitted – namely lane-keep assist and blind spot monitoring.

What about personalisation?


Skoda isn’t a brand known for its personalisation, though there are plenty of conventional options available to create your perfect Karoq. It’s available with some great colours, too, including Velvet Red, Emerald Green and Magnetic Brown.

Worthwhile extras include a digital cockpit (£465) and a Canton sound system (£560), while more useful options you can have include an electrically-retractable tow bar for £875 and adaptive cruise control for £305 – the latter seems like great value for money

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