Skoda's new compact SUV
New Skoda Karoq

Comparison with Ateca

Finally, there’s another 2.0-litre diesel with 228bhp and 400Nm. This engine is only available with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but it has 138g/km emissions.

Although there are similarities with the SEAT Ateca, a Skoda spokesman told us that that the Karoq is a very different proposition, as it’s built in its own factory and their new SUV is fully-connected and it has a higher-quality interior.

Fleet-wise, Skoda had no specification or price detail as the Karoq won’t hit UK shores till early 2018. But the same spokesman told us that if we think along the lines of the SE Tech specification of the Octavia and Superb we wouldn’t be going far wrong.

Skoda's new compact SUV
Similarities to Ateca and Tiguan in Karoq’s rear profile
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New Skoda Karoq|Hi-tech display|Audi-style display|Similarities to Ateca and Tiguan in Karoq's rear profile
  • Scaled-down Kodiaq styling
  • Compact SUV
  • High level equipment and connectivity
  • Front and all-wheel drive
  • 2 petrol and 3 diesel engines
  • UK deliveries early 2018

YETI is dead, long live Karoq – Skoda’s new compact SUV has had the covers pulled off as the replacement for its popular quirky Yeti.

It is the last of the five forthcoming new Skoda models I saw over a year and half ago – interestingly then it was still called the Yeti. Apparently the decision to rename the Yeti was only taken six weeks ago and was to reinforce the link to its bigger brother, the Kodiaq.

Outside, the Karoq’s design is far more conventional – but not unattractive. From the front, think scaled-down Kodiaq and you won’t go far wrong, although the headlights are different, being more similar in style to the car that set Skoda’s current design language, the Superb, with its ‘crystalline elements.’

Move to the side and there’s the same sharp detailing down the flanks that we’ve seen again most recently with the Kodiaq and before that with the Superb. However, is it just me or are the rear quarters, roofline and rear styling a bit similar to sister cars the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan?

Skoda's new compact SUV
Hi-tech display

Bigger than the Yeti, the Karoq is 4,382mm long and 1,841mm wide – that’s 160mm and around 50mm up on the Yeti’s dimensions respectively. The Karoq has 260mm more wheelbase than the Yeti too at 2,838mm if you choose a front-wheel drive version, or 2,830mm if you choose four-wheel drive.

One of the key Karoq selling points is its interior. It will be the first Skoda to be available with the Audi-like Virtual Cockpit, with customisable digital instruments. Other Karoq dashboard highlights Kodiaq-like top level Columbus sat-nav. It features a large 9.2 inch screen, which can be controlled by gesture.

Other clever Karoq features include a wireless smartphone charging pad, a heated steering wheel, adjustable interior ambient lighting, heated rear seats, Virtual Pedal hands-free boot system and an electronically retractable tow bar.

The Karoq’s interior feels spacious too, the 521-litre boot is also practically shaped and can grow to 1,620-litres with the rear seats folded.

The Karoq will be launched with a choice of five engines. Two petrols – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 114bhp and 175Nm that emits 117g/km of CO2, and a 1.5 four-cylinder producing 148bhp and 250Nm. That 1.5-litre features clever cylinder deactivation technology, and boasts 119g/km emissions.

Diesel choices are a 1.6-litre motor, producing 114bhp and 250Nm of torque, and emitting 118g/km of CO2. There’s also a 2.0 with 148bhp and 340Nm, but impressive CO2 emissions of 115g/km. Finally, there’s another 2.0-litre diesel with 228bhp and 400Nm.

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This engine is only available with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but it has 138g/km emissions.

Although there are similarities with the SEAT Ateca, a Skoda spokesman told us that that the Karoq is a very different proposition, as it’s built in its own factory and their new SUV is fully-connected and it has a higher-quality interior.

Fleet-wise, Skoda had no specification or price detail as the Karoq won’t hit UK shores till early 2018. But the same spokesman told us that if we think along the lines of the SE Tech specification of the Octavia and Superb we wouldn’t be going far wrong.

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