2018 Skoda Karoq Review
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 30, 2017
The SUVs multiply from brand to brand, and not only to become a model by elevating existing models in each house, but becoming the most representative banners on which manufacturers want to set their catalogs. This is the case of the Škoda Karoq, the last SUV to reach the Czech family and that reaches the wake of the well-considered Kodiaq that we tested a few months ago.
We have moved to Sicily to get to know the compact SUV of Škoda in the first person and the truth is that it has become a great ally to enjoy the dusty roads that cross the Italian island from north to south.
The comparisons are odious, but more is shared between the Karoq and the SEAT Ateca than DNA. Both are the big bets of the brands of the VAG group to rival in the segment of the compact SUV, both are very good choices and the two are really rewarding when driving, although there are certain differences between them.
At first glance the Karoq has a much more compact size in the sense of offering a somewhat more robust and massive appearance than its Spanish cousin, especially on the front. The large front grille with vertical lines flanked by two headlights that continue to the ends reinforce their presence with a lower grille that runs through the entire bumper.
The ribs of the bonnet and some overhangs somewhat larger than the Ateca print more Czech character, but would have improved the design even more if the fog lamps had incorporated them in their traditional position, in the lower grid, instead of half-skewed height of the bumper.
In the back we find some LED pilots in claw signature, metallic appearance on the bumper, rib on the license plate and a stretched lens topped by a small integrated spoiler that give the differentiating touch of the boat's brand, while On the sides, the well-marked wheel arches and the roof bars reinforce the feeling of robustness.
Going inside we find a very nice cabin. Sober and quite refined with some good winks to the modernity, with combinations of well-resolved colors in all the finishes and with some materials that accompany to give a feeling of rather high quality.
His style is somewhat less dynamic than the Ateca, focusing on a perhaps more mature audience with a more horizontal arrangement and regular shapes.
Apart from the air conditioning controls that are very similar, the Karoq transmits a nobler impression where it highlights a control panel inherited from the Superb and with the new optional Virtual Cockpit that offers four forms of visualization, similar to the Volkswagen Passat but with some specific graphics.
The qualities of the trim are very good with most of the pieces in padded materials and the harder ones of the lower part with a treatment of resistant aspect and that transmits quality, with the addition of not abusing the black piano beyond the just and necessary.
There are numerous storage spaces scattered throughout the cabin (up to seven in the front) and practical solutions such as the bin that is placed in the door housing, compartment for the umbrella or a reversible carpet for loads with dirt in the trunk.
On the dashboard highlights the eight-inch central touch screen (optionally there is a 9 ") that includes all the infotainment features.A high-definition screen with careful appearance and sharp display with bright colors, excellent response and very smooth operation .
The front seats are comfortable, with good lateral grip and good regulation capabilities especially in the finishes with electric regulation. Behind there is more than enough space for three occupants of average size with a traditional 60/40 bench.
Optionally you can choose the VarioFlex system (320 euros) which is a very interesting option for those who give intensive use to the back. The rear seats have three independent 40/20/40 parts that can be adjusted longitudinally and in inclination.
In addition, in a simple operation we can fold the seats, lift them and, removing two anchor tabs, remove them completely to maximize the interior space or remove the center piece to leave only two seats behind and increase the comfort of two occupants.
And speaking of espaco interior, the trunk is very generous but less than the Ateca (510 liters), with a capacity of 421 liters to 1,630 with conventional seats folded, or 479 liters to 1,810 with the VarioFlex completely removed. Of course, to remove the rear seats must be strong because they weigh about 20 kg each.