The Karoq is a completely new car, which parks in the spot vacated by the weird and wonderful Yeti. So it’s a midsize crossover which shares its building blocks with the Seat Ateca and, along with the Seat, it’ll compete with the Nissan Qashqai and a million cars like it.
It’s slightly longer, wider and roomier than the Yeti, and ixnherits a new family face from the bigger Kodiaq (Skoda’s naming strategy involves an Alaskan island and a linguistic workout, so we’ll ignore it).
The Skoda Karoq requires annual servicing unless you do mainly long-distance motorway driving, in which case the intervals can be extended – onboard computers tell you by how much while the brand’s servicing packs are relatively affordable when bought up front.
The Skoda Karoq is the smaller sibling of the Skoda Kodiaq – one of the very best models in its class – so to say expectations were high when it launched is an understatement. The shorter Karoq has five seats instead of the Kodiaq's seven and a slightly smaller boot, but there’s still plenty of room if you don’t need to carry six passengers.
It's a tiguan. Check the tiguan reviews but as far as I know it's all still the MQB platform with TSI and TDI engines which VAG has been using for years. So apart from the design it should be almost bulletproof.
The Karoq is a much-needed product for Skoda in Australia, and thankfully for the brand, this is a very good effort. There really isn’t much this car does wrong. It’s spacious, well equipped, fun to drive, efficient, and did I mention spacious? The spirit of the Yeti is alive and well in the Karoq, though this time around, the more conventional, less quirky style and superior general public awareness of Skoda will definitely win it more friends. Could this be the car that catapults Skoda into higher sales in Australia? I hope so, but for now the Skoda Karoq is a very accomplished car that deserves to win many friends here.