Skoda’s new compact SUV Skoda Karoq goes official, providing a replacement for the popular Yeti. Well, before you think the cars might resemble each other, we’re telling you this CUV is a totally different piece of pie. It doesn’t just look better, it also is more capable and nicer to look at. But let’s hope it will be just as affordable as the Yeti is.
So let’s cut to the chase and get right down to the facts and figures that make 2018 Skoda Karoq a serious contender in this busy segment. Skoda are not joking when they say the Karoq is compact. It measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high, with a long wheelbase of 2,638 mm (all-wheel version: 2,630 mm) and luggage compartment capacity of 521 l with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630 l. So even though exterior dimensions are compact, the interior room is more than decent.
Equipment-wise, the Karoq can be fitted with some tasty options, such as Modular Infotainment Matrix with capacitive touch displays and WiFi hotspot, Skoda Connect mobile online services with emergency services, and SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Skoda Karoq offers a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. New comfort systems include Park Assist, Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist serve to increase safety.
As for the mechanical highlights, 2018 Skoda Karoq launches with five powertrains with displacements ranging 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 liter and power ranging from 85 kW (115 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS). All powertrains feature turbo-charged direct injection units as well as stop-start technology and brake energy recovery. With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 PS) comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI has the special feature of cylinder deactivation.