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Skoda KAROQ DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr

Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
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Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr
Skoda KAROQ 2.0 TDI SE L 4x4 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG56.50
  • 0-62mph8.9 secs
  • Top Speed121 mph
  • C02132 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque251 lbs/f
  • P11D30%

Review

Skoda's Karoq is a strong contender if you're looking for a spacious five-seat 'C'-segment SUV in the 'Qashqai-sized' crossver class. It gets all the latest Volkswagen Group technology, including a hi-tech MQB chassis and cutting-edge safety and infotainment features. In theory then, there's everything you might want from a modern family-sized Crossover of this kind. We tried the 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 version to find out if that's so.

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Skoda's Karoq is targeted right into the heart of the industry's fast-growing SUV 'C'-segment. Jonathan Crouch tries a 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 version to find out what this spacious 'Qashqai-class' Crossover has to offer.

Background

One size fits all. It's a good concept, but it isn't always an ideal long term strategy. Skoda used to offer one car, the Yeti, for anyone who wanted any kind of compact SUV. These days though, the brand has specific models for specific areas of this growing segment. And if what you need is a Qashqai-class family hatch-based 'C'-segment SUV, what the Czech brand hopes you'll want is this model, the Karoq. It's a half-size bigger than the Yeti was, making room for a smaller 'B'-segment Fabia supermini-based SUV to slot in beneath in the range as part of a now much more complete collection of Skoda crossovers. But how can the Karoq stand out from its many rivals? Skoda tells us that ride quality, versatility, value and practical family-friendliness are its core attributes. Plus there's the kind of up-market technology and infotainment connectivity that you might not expect from the brand. Will that all be enough to competitively take on the Qashqai-crowd? We tested a top 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 variant to find out.

Driving Experience

On the move, there's nothing 'sporty' about the Karoq, but its ride and handling combination is truly impressive. The only rivals that can equal this car's supple suspension feel can't match the way it can attack the bends with confidence and even a few occasional flashes of enthusiasm. On the highway, refinement is impressive. In town, it's manoeuvrable and easy to park. And when you're pushing on, the drive dynamics are very difficult to tell apart from those of an Octavia family hatch. Buyers are offered a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG auto. We elected to try the 2.0-litre TDI engine. You can talk to your dealer about a 190PS version of this top unit but we're tested it in the 150PS guise that buyers are more likely to want. In a manual transmission 4WD variant, 62mph takes 8.7s en route to 121mph. And pulling power is rated at 340Nm, enough to facilitate a braked towing capacity to 2,000kgs, half a tonne more than you get further down the range. You'll need the 2.0 TDI powerplant if you want to specify 4WD in a Karoq and if you go for all-wheel traction, you'll also get more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension. Plus an extra 'Off-road' mode that focuses all the car's electronic systems for 'off piste' use. The 4x4 set-up is the usual 'on-demand'-style system that keeps the car front-driven until a lack of traction brings the rear wheels into play.

Design and Build

The Karoq is a substantial 315mm shorter than its lookalike Kodiaq SUV stablemate and significantly narrower and shorter too. Behind the wheel, the design team have delivered another very smartly turned-out Skoda cabin, interior being beautifully put together, smartly designed and easy on the eye. Distinctive brand touches start with the grey-ringed instrument dials you view through the smart three-spoke wheel. And continue with the way that the cabin abounds with plenty of the company's famed 'Simply Clever' design features, there to make life a bit easier. The real cleverness here though, lies in the rear passenger compartment with something Skoda's particularly proud of, it's 'VarioFlex' seating system. This replaces the usual rear bench with three separate seats that can individually slide, recline or be removed altogether. If you only need space for two, the centre seat can be removed, allowing the two outer chairs to then be pushed up to 80mm further in towards the centre of the cabin, creating limousine-like levels of shoulder room. Out back, you'll get a 521-litre boot if you have the standard rear bench, but with the 'VarioFlex' rear seats fitted, you'll get a cargo bay that you can vary in size between 479 and 588-litres.

Market and Model

Prices for the 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 variant start from just over £30,500 for a base 'SE' variant, but if you go for a plusher trim level (there are 'SEL' and 'Edition' options) and/or add a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be looking at close to around £35,000. Well worth having is the optional 'Skoda Connect services' package. This consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. In terms of camera-driven safety features, the Karoq can offer far more than the brand's previous Yeti SUV model ever could. Every variant comes equipped with autonomous braking - a combination of the brand's 'Front Assist', City Emergency Brake' and 'Predictive Pedestrian Protection' systems. Buyers can also add in Blind Spot Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition', a 'Rear Traffic Alert' feature that'll warn you of oncoming traffic when you're reversing out of a space and a 'Driver Alert' system that watches for signs of drowsiness at the wheel. There's also 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control' and 'Lane Assist' and if you have both these features fitted, you can also have an 'Emergency Assist' feature whereby the vehicle will be brought to a safe, controlled stop, should the driver be in some way incapacitated.

Cost of Ownership

The old fashioned image of SUV vehicles being somewhat profligate when it comes to fuel economy certainly doesn't really apply to the Skoda Karoq. The 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 diesel variant we're looking at here manages WLTP figures of 43.5mpg and 171g/km of CO2. As you'd expect in this day and age, there's a start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. And the optional DSG auto transmission is equipped with a 'coasting' function that at cruising speeds, will disconnect the gearbox, leaving the engine to idle until you next need it. Like most modern diesels, all the TDI units on offer get a selective catalytic reduction filter to cut down on nitrous oxide and have been designed around the use of a urea-based solution called AdBlue. This is injected into the exhaust gas stream to help clean up emissions, the liquid used being stored in a 12-litre tank mounted at the rear beneath the boot. This will need topping up as part of regular servicing and you can monitor its status via dashboard display. Insurance is group 15E.

Summary

If you find yourself approaching this car a little cynically, then we'd understand. At first glance after all, it might be easy to dismiss it as just another quite forgettable European mid-sized fashion-orientated SUV. A necessary addition to the Czech brand's model range perhaps. But not the kind of product that could be in any way uniquely 'Skoda'. Surprisingly though the Karoq turns out to be more than that. In the endearingly comfortable way that it drives and handles, it's a very recognisable ambassador for its brand. And the same is true when you come to examine the versatility and practicality of its class-leadingly-spacious cabin. The VarioFlex seats in particular are a design master-stroke that would really sell us this car. True, some rivals in this segment are undeniably more stylish to look at but if that's not an issue, you could see in this car a compelling mix of competence and desirability.

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Driver Convenience
Amundsen sat nav system with 8" touch screen and integrated Wi-Fi + WLAN
Cruise control + speed limiter
Drive mode selection with off road
Driver alert system
Driver fatigue sensor
Driver profile selection
Electro-mechanical PAS
Front and rear parking sensors
Multifunction colour trip computer
Outside temperature gauge
Rear view camera
Service interval indicator
Start/stop system with regenerative braking
Entertainment
Bolero radio with 8 speakers and voice control
DAB radio with Bluetooth
SD card slot
USB connection
Exterior Features
Auto dimming rear view mirror with light and rain sensors
Electric front and rear windows with child proof lock
Electrically adjustable heated folding and auto dimming door mirrors with boarding spots
Solid paint
Acoustic glass
Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
Automatic headlight control system
Body colour door mirrors and handles
Body coloured bumpers
Chrome outside aluminium bar around the window
Chrome roof rails
Full LED headlights + adaptive front light system + LED daytime running lights and front cornering fog lights
Headlight washers
Heated rear windscreen
LED rear lights with high functionality
Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)
Privacy glass
Safety reflectors on front doors
Third brake light
Interior Features
3 spoke multi-function leather steering wheel
Driver seat height adjust
Heated front seats
Manual lumbar support for front seats
Microsuede cloth/leather upholstery
1.5 litre bottle holders in driver and front passenger door panels
12V socket in boot
12v socket in front centre armrest with storage compartment and rear air vents
2 Folding hooks and nets in boot
2 Front readings lights for driver and passenger
3 rear height adjustable headrests
4 foldable roof handles with rear coat hooks
4 lashing points on luggage floor
Backrest release
Cargo elements in boot
Chrome inner door handles
Dual zone climate control
Folding tables on the front seat backrests
Front seatback pockets
Height adjustable front three point seats belts with tensioners
Height adjustable passenger seat
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Ice scraper
Illuminated and cooled glovebox
Illuminated luggage compartment
Isofix child seat preparation outer rear
Net programme in boot
Pen holder
Pollen filter
Rear boot cover
Rear reading lights
Rear seats fixed folding and divided 60:40
Removable LED torch in the boot
Retractable parcel shelf attachable to tailgate
Safety vest holder
Seatbelt reminder signalisation and pretensioner for all seats
Storage box in upper central dashboard closed
Storage compartment below the passenger seat
Storage net on centre console passenger side
Sunglasses storage compartment
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Textile floor mats
Umbrella under passenger seat
VarioFlex seats with retractable parcel shelf
Packs
Non Smokers pack
Wheels
18" Braga silver alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
Tyre repair kit
Storage on wheel cover
Safety
Airbags - Front side, head, knee and curtain
Automatic door unlocking in case of crash
Automatic fuel cut off in case of crash
Driver airbag
Electronic parking brake with auto hold function
Emergency rear braking signal
ESC including ABS, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, MKB and traction control
Front assist radar scanning of the space in front of the car with automatic braking
Hill hold control
Passenger airbag with switch-off function
Pedestrian monitor
Three point seatbelts rear
Two tone horn
Tyre pressure display
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Alarm with interior monitoring, back up horn and tilt sensor with safe function
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry and keyless start with safe system
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Trim
Chrome framed air vents
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 134
NOx 0.041
Particles 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 168
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 185
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 147
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 185
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 159
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1968
Compression Ratio 16.2:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 81
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 95.5
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 55.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 62.8
EC Urban (mpg) 46.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 38.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 39.8
WLTP - MPG - High 50.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 48.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 38.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 46.3
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TDI 4x4
Coin Series SE L
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 15E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 2
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 79
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 73
NCAP Safety Assist % 58
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 2
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 140000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.9
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 251
Engine Torque - MKG 34.7
Engine Torque - NM 340
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 121
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style BRAGA
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1607
Length 4382
Wheelbase 2630
Width 1841
Width (including mirrors) 2025
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 55
Gross Vehicle Weight 2140
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1605
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 479
Max. Loading Weight 640
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1500
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.2

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Adaptive cruise control £300.00
Columbus satellite navigation with 9.2" touchscreen display, integrated Wi-Fi, gesture control and WLAN £1,510.00
Electrically operated boot door £500.00
Lane assist and blind spot detection £860.00
Park assist system £305.00
Personalisation of drive mode selection with off road includes 3 keys £35.00
Traffic sign recognition £75.00
Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display £450.00
Virtual pedal with electrically operated boot door £660.00
Wireless RSE app £80.00
Entertainment
Canton sound system £550.00
Exterior Features
Auto light assist + automatic high beam lights + auto dimming rear view mirror + light and rain assist £200.00
Electrically folding towbar with adaptor £855.00
Exclusive paint £975.00
Heated windscreen with heated windscreen washer nozzles £275.00
Metallic paint £595.00
Panoramic sliding sunroof £1,160.00
Pearlescent paint £595.00
Special paint £595.00
Towbar preparation £185.00
Interior Features
2 x Tablet holder £50.00
3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel £150.00
Aluminium pedals £100.00
Door sill scuff plates £70.00
Double sided boot floor £50.00
Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function includes lumbar support + heated folding door mirrors with auto dimming and boarding spots £955.00
Heated front and rear seats £175.00
Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger seat £35.00
Leather upholstery £250.00
Partition net screen £120.00
Removable bag UNIBAG £125.00
Rubbish bin door £20.00
Packs
Family pack - Karoq £120.00
LED Interior lighting pack with Skoda welcome logo - Karoq £350.00
Rough road pack - Karoq £180.00
Smoker's pack £20.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Velvet red £975.00
Metallic - Brilliant silver £595.00
Metallic - Business grey £595.00
Metallic - Emerald Green £595.00
Metallic - Magnetic brown £595.00
Metallic - Moon white £595.00
Metallic - Petrol Blue £595.00
Metallic - Quartz grey £595.00
Pearl - Black magic £595.00
Solid - Energy blue FOC
Special paint - Candy white £595.00
Special paint - Meteor grey £595.00
Safety
Crew protect assist and rear side airbags £500.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control £1,000.00
Trim
Chrome/dark brushed decorative inserts £125.00
Leather - Beige £250.00
Leather - Black £250.00
Microsuede cloth/leather - Black FOC
Wheels
18" Mytikas alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts FOC
19" Crater silver alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts £455.00
Steel space saving spare wheel with tool kit and jack £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated