The Karoq will compete with its cousin under the skin Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5 in size, which will make it larger than the current and upcoming Yeti SUV. As 2018 Skoda Karoq launches in Europe at the end of this year, Skoda Australia spokesman Paul Pottinger said our market should receive it “hopefully early in the second quarter of 2018.” The Karoq is on sale in the last quarter of this year, with the first deliveries scheduled for January 2018. We expect it to cost more than Yeti, with a starting price of around £ 17,500.
From the first glance, it is clear that the 2018 Skoda Karoq is a completely new car. With its emotive and dynamic design and its many crystalline elements, it is the latest representative of the new Skoda design language. At the same time, the expressive and powerfully robust exterior clearly indicates its use as a compact SUV.
The first striking three-dimensional section symbolizes protection and strength with its contours. The front is characterized in particular by geometric shaped headlights with precise contours. From the Ambition trim level upwards, integral transparent glass headlights are used. A narrow band of lights passing through the lower edge of the headlights provides a homogeneous indicator and daytime running lights. The fog lights, which come with full LED technology and turn function, are placed under the headlights. The radiator grille, framed by a chrome trim, has the typical trapezoidal shape of Skoda. The large logo of the Skoda brand proudly stands at the end of the distinct cap.
Determined to ensure that the 2018 Skoda Karoq has a distinct Skoda identity, the design team found an interior that is remote from Seat Ateca and VW Tiguan. In fact, the Koraq is inspired by the bigger Kodiaq, with the dashboard design featuring the minimalist logic style that we expect from the Czech brand. In the center of the dashboard is a new 9.2-inch color touch-sensitive infotainment system similar to that installed on the latest Volkswagen Golf. It definitely resembles the part, responds quickly and is easy to navigate, although the new gesture control technology that activates functionality in response to hand movements is a little clunky.
The 2018 Skoda Karoq SUV is located over 4 meters in length, measuring 4.382 mm, 1.841 mm, 165 mm and 2638 mm long, respectively, width, height and wheelbase. It has a ground clearance of 200 mm. It has VarioFlex rear seats, which can be removed to provide a maximum starting space of 1,810 liters. With all seats in position, the SUV offers a luggage suitcase of 521 liters.
A digital dashboard very likely to be a cost option, in the meantime, allows you to choose from four specific layouts. These range from Classic which features engine speed, speed and location to Reduction, which displays only the key information chosen by the driver, such as speed and miles remaining before a fuel is needed. Like infotainment screen, it is easy to use and can clearly display a wide range of information. The Karoq also promises to be at the top of its class for driver comfort. There is a wide range of settings for the steering wheel and seat and, thanks to low windscreen posts, visibility is better than most rivals. Combined with a driver’s seat that is well aligned with the steering wheel and pedals, long trips should also be a relative breeze.
The 2018 Skoda Karoq is launched with a range of five engines. There are two gasolines: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit with 113 bhp and 175Nm emitting 117 g / km of CO2 and a production of 148 bhp and 250 Nm of 1.5 to four cylinders; thanks in part to the cylinder deactivation technology, this more powerful engine almost corresponds to the CO2 emissions of the triple, at 119g / km. The entry-level diesel is a 1.6-liter engine, producing 113bhp and 250Nm of torque, and emitting 118g / km of CO2. Then there is a 2.0 with 148bhp and 340Nm – enough for a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds, despite the lowest CO2 emissions of the entire Karoq range, at 115g / km.
The engine is a 2.0 liter diesel with 228bhp and 400Nm. It is available only with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic double-clutch transmission. All other engines are equipped as standard with a six-speed engine and a front disc. Skoda says it can crack 0 to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 131 mph, although its CO2 emissions of 138 g / km mean it is likely that this is one of the niche choices in the range, especially in the UK. Karoqs with front drive will have the choice between driving modes and dynamic chassis control available on the 1.5 and 2.0 liter variants offers an adjustable electrohydraulic suspension. Four-wheel drive editions can be specified with an off-road mode, which uses the traction control system and a differential electronic lock to improve traction. The list of options will also include a Rough-Road package that adds more protection under the protection of your body if you know that you will be taking your car on a more difficult terrain.