New ŠKODA Karoq

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With the production of the ever popular Yeti having ended in April 2017 there is room for a new SUV in the Skoda Range. Welcome to Karoq the brother to Kodiaq, its premier in Stockholm in May 2017 and due in the UK towards the end of the year.

As always more information will follow as we get closer to the Karoq UK launch but in the meantime here is what we know.

Sharing the same striking design language as its stablemate the Kodiaq, the front and rear lights on the brand new compact SUV once again draw their inspiration from Bohemian crystal glass art. The LED headlights and eight lighting strips give the Karoq a unique appearance. At the back, the taillights, also LED, form the trademark ‘C’ shape found on all our vehicles.

On the inside, the design accents echo those found in the Kodiaq, but with further enhancements including a digital dash display – a first for ŠKODA. The freely programmable digital instrument panel is offered for the first time in a ŠKODA. In the Karoq, the cockpit displays can be pre-set to the driver’s chosen configuration.

Inside the Karoq, LED ambient lighting in the decor strips of the doors and the dashboard can be set in 10 colours.

Engines and transmission

Karoq is offered with a choice of five engines – two petrol and three diesels – with a displacement range of 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 litres.

Power output starts at 115ps and rises to a maximum 190ps. All drivetrains are turbocharged direct injection units, feature start-stop technology, brake energy recovery and are EU6 compliant.

With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 190ps comes as standard with 4×4 drive and seven-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI also features cylinder deactivation.

Driving profile selection, with a choice of Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4x4) modes is available on some trims

Exterior dimensions and luggage capacity

  • Length: 4,382mm
  • Width: 1,841mm
  • Height: 1,605mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,638mm (all-wheel-drive version: 2,630mm)

The boot, which can be opened hands-free using the virtual pedal, has a capacity of 521 litres with the back seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, this volume increases to 1,630 litres.

The optional VarioFlex rear seat configuration also means that the boot space can hold between 479 and 588 litres. The seats can be completely removed, effectively transforming the SUV into a van with a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 litres. Need to carry more? The Karoq can also tow a trailer weighing up to two tonnes.

Connectivity and mobile online services

Featuring second generation modular infotainment technology (MIB II), Karoq offers state-of-the-art functions and interfaces, and is equipped with capacitive touch displays.

Amundsen and Columbus systems can create a WLAN hotspot, while an optional LTE (4G) module is available for the latter.

New mobile online services through ŠKODA Connect are 4G-compatible and are split into two categories:

  • Infotainment online services, used for information and navigation
  • CareConnect services, including Emergency Call, for emergency/breakdown assistance

Additional online services can be accessed through the ŠKODA Connect app. These can be used to remotely check, configure and find the car via a smartphone.

The Karoq features the SmartLink+ interface, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLinkTM, as an option for the entry-level Swing infotainment system.

SmartLink+ comes as standard with higher infotainment systems - the ‘phone box’ with inductive charging couples the smartphone to the roof antenna and simultaneously charges it wirelessly.

Reliable helpers: driver assistance systems

New systems include:

  • Parking assistant
  • Lane Assist
  • Traffic-jam assistant
  • Blind Spot Detect
  • Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection
  • Emergency Assistant
  • Trailer assist

Karoq: front pages and first impressions

“ŠKODA’s new Karoq has the potential to set a new benchmark for the compact SUV segment”

Top Gearmagazine

“Let’s hope [ŠKODA] can build them quickly enough… 4/5 stars”

Neil Winn in What Car? magazine

“Even from this early first taste, it’s difficult to pick fault with the Karoq’s range of abilities”

Jonathan Burn in Auto Express

“It’s a shame the Yeti is going – the good news is its replacement is just as easy to use and much more modern both inside and out”

Adam Binnie in CARmagazine