From 110 hp to 150 hp
Traction or 4×4
From € 29,530
Skoda is having some success with its SUVs. If the best-selling brand is still Octavia, then follow the little Kamiq and the middle Karoq very closely. The latest, released in 2017, just benefited from a mid-career update, light as we’ll see. The modifications are indeed first and foremost aesthetic, since, even if it looks almost non-existent, the front is completely redesigned. The headlights (with Matrix LED function in some versions), the grille, the auxiliary lights and the bumper are new. At the back, the light elements, again, have been redesigned. The tailgate also, with the redesigned wheels, lowers the Cx by 9%, for a total of 0.30, good but not great.
The model of our test, in 1.5 TSI DSG Style, brings the new orange that appeared with the restyling, which suits it very well, as well as various options: leather upholstery, sunroof, three-zone air conditioning … Suffice it to say that it presents very well , benefits from flattering materials as well as beautiful assembly. Nothing to envy Volkswagen! The Wolfsburg brand equips its models such as the T-Roc with DSG electric transmission and digital air conditioning. So many items are not available in Karoq… So much the better!
In the cabin, the main screen renews its operating system for faster execution speed and the steering wheel, which is now decorated with chrome controls, has only two branches. At the back, the instruments, examined, use a digital device that can be configured as you wish, even a little too much … New coatings are placed, giving pride to the recycled materials. The 10.25-inch adjustable headset is impressive, but we’re looking before we find the right information layout. Better a poor horse than no horse at all.
The trunk offers a lot of volume, especially when all the seats have been removed.
As in the old one, the new Karoq stands out for its neat hinge. Thus, the VarioFlex rear seat sees its three parts sliding and tilting independently of each other but also being completely removed. Thus, the trunk ranges from 521 liters to 1,810 liters when everything has been removed, which is important, while with the bench seat folded, the maximum volume is 1,605 liters, a good price. Unfortunately, this equipment is only standard on Style.
On the other hand, the habitableness turns out to be remarkable, including the rear, while at the front, initially the position of the steering wheel, which is slightly tilted forward, is a little worrying. You get used to it very quickly and you are well placed in a properly designed seat.