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Skoda Karoq

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Summary


The Skoda Karoq is a medium-sized SUV/crossover, which was launched in late 2017 as a replacement for the previous Skoda Yeti model. It shares its platform with several other models in the Volkswagen group, such as the VW Tiguan, SEAT Ateca and Audi Q3.

The Karoq has received generally good to very good reviews from the UK media, and is one of the top-ranked mid-sized SUVs. It has been particular praised for its practicality and value for money, while the only real criticisms have been that the Karoq is rather bland and characterless.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the Skoda Kodiaq ranked 21st, while diesel versions ranked equal 39th.

The Karoq was given a mild mid-life faclift in early 2022, consisting of small exterior design tweaks, new interior trim detailing and new on-board tech additions.

Karoq highlights

  • Plenty of cabin space
  • Impressive interior fit and finish
  • Easy and relaxing driving experience
  • Value for money entry-level model
  • Capable off-roader

Karoq lowlights

  • Charmless looks
  • Top models can get pricey
  • Bland performance

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £26,255 on-road

Launched: Winter 2017/18
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017

93%

ADULT OCCUPANT

79%

CHILD OCCUPANT

73%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

58%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Skoda Karoq has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the Karoq is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Karoq has received

2021

  • Company Car CCT100 Awards – Best Crossover
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV for Practicality

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV, £20K – £30K
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car for Dog Owners

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Mid-Size SUV of the Year
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Family Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV, £18K-£30K
  • carwow Awards – Value Award
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Crossover

2018

  • Auto Express Awards – Mid-Size SUV of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV, £18K-£30K

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Skoda KaroqThe Skoda Karoq has received many good reviews and awards from the UK media, with particular praise for its practicality and value for money.