The Karoq name is another "K" name from Skoda - with the same Alaskan roots as the Kodiaq - and has a big job on its hands to live up to the more that 1 million units a year Skoda sold of the Yeti, but this replacement is bang on in terms of what the market wants, is bigger at 4382mm long, 1841mm wide and 1605mm high and a wheelbase of 2638mm and gets plenty of technology. This makes it 104mm smaller, 258mm narrower and 52mm shorter than the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan.
Diesels comprise the 148bhp 2.0 TDI seen in models such as the Octavia as well as new 187bhp 2.0 and 113bhp 1.6 TDI units. The 521-litre boot can be increased to a cavernous 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The simply clever motto is present inside - there are three independent rear seats that can also be removed completely for a maximum load capacity of no less than 1,810 liters (64 cu. ft.), with the modular rear seats actually belonging to the VarioFlex system, a trait that apparently hasn't died out with the Roomster. The boxy profile has also been banished for a sleeker appearance, far more in keeping with the current design language being rolled out amongst the Skoda range. The compact SUV features new age driver-assistance systems, full LED headlights and - for the first time any of the Skoda SUV will feature a digital instrument panel. In addition, the key will have a memory function to know the individual settings of ambient lights, drive mode and infotainment options. Skoda's latest generation infotainment systems have also been confirmed, with a 9.2-inch range-topping version available as an option. The top systems Columbus and Amundsen have a Wi-Fi hotspot. The SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLinkTM, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing. Skoda Phonebox with wireless charging and enhanced cellular connectivity, a LA Audi A3 will be another highlight. Additionally, it will also help connect the phone to the roof antenna to improve the network range of the device. The interiors on the Karoq are almost identical to the other Skoda cars in terms of layout and familiarity. It comes equipped with park assist, lane assist and traffic jam assist.
The displacement ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 l; the power range is from 85 kW (115 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS).
All engines will be available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG automatic. All motors will feature turbo-charged direct injection, start-stop and brake energy recovery features.
The two-litre TDI will be the quickest, delivering a top speed of 131mph and a 7.8 second dash to 62mph alongside claims of 44mpg fuel economy and combined Carbon dioxide emissions of 138 g/km. The new 1.5 TSI that made its debut in the facelifted Golf boasts cylinder deactivation tech.
As well as featuring plenty of technology, the Karoq also promises respectable levels of practicality.