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Skoda Karoq

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

66
%
B

Used car score:

68
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

62
%
B

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

63
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

66
%
B

Used car score:

68
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

62
%
B

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

63
%
B

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. As of January 2024, the Skoda Karoq holds an New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 66%.

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 £27,470 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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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Scotsman

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 79%
Vulnerable road users: 73%
Safety assist: 58%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Skoda Karoq has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the Karoq is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Skoda Karoq to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Karoq, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models45 mpgC35 – 49 mpgC – D
Diesel models48 mpgC47 – 49 mpgC – C
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models144 g/kmB132 – 182 g/kmA – C
Diesel models154 g/kmB150 – 157 g/kmB – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models18A12 – 25A – B

The Skoda Karoq is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

While the fuel consumption for both petrol and diesel models sits at around the market average, the Karoq’s insurance premiums are estimated to be cheaper than many of its mainstream rivals.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Karoq has received

2023

  • Caravan & Motorhome Club Awards – Best Towcar

2022

  • Auto Express AwardsUsed Car of the Year

2021

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

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

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