The new 2018 Skoda Karoq has officially been revealed. It is set to take on the likes of the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and Volkswagen Tiguan – its twin under the skin. The new Karoq SUV’s design language is characterized by numerous crystalline elements in its emotive and dynamic design.
In the same token as its predecessor, the new Karoq continues to offer high-spec driver-assistance systems, and exceptional space. As a first, the new model comes with an all-new digital instrument panel. Additionally, it comes fitted with a whopping five engine variants – four of which are brand new.
It returns as a seven seater and measures 4382mm in length, 1841mm in width, and 1605mm in height. Although the Karoq comes as a replacement for the Yeti, the Karoq 2018 rides on a slightly longer wheelbase despite both cars being underpinned by the MQB platform. The spec sheet from the automaker indicates that the wheelbase of the Skoda measures 2638mm and 2630mm for the front wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations respectively.
The 2018 Karoq offers a generous luggage space. The volume of space behind the second row seats stands at 521 liters and a whopping 1630 liters with the rear seats folded. Furthermore, the VarioFlex seating system optionally available allows for independent adjustment for the three individual rear seats.
2018 Skoda Karoq Interior Design
The new Skoda Karoq SUV is an all-rounder for daily driving, business, family, and leisure time. Apart from the well-thought-out equipment, state-of-the-art technology, and generous amount of interior space, the vehicle is also functional and practical.
There’s LED ambient lighting in the cabin allowing for an individual atmosphere. The same LED technology has also been used in the headlights and taillights.
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One thing that’s almost guaranteed to capture the attention of a returning user is the new digital instrument panel. It is configurable depending on the user’s preferences, and has four layouts for programming.
First is the Classic layout. This layout features the speedo and rev counter on the left and right of the display as round instruments. The area between the two can be separately configured. The second layout is the Digital one. This one allows the program currently running on the display to stretch the entire width, leaving only a small space between the upper and lower margin.
The upper and lower space can still be used to display small digital displays. For example, Traffic Sign Recognition, the recommended gear, and the current speed. The third layout is the info-Profile. This one features a large display in the middle, leaving a small usable space to the left and right for configuration. The last layout is the Reduced. This one provides two large layouts showing the selected information concurrently.
It is clear from the larger dimensions, modified lines, and exterior shape that this is a new vehicle from the ground up. The dynamic and emotive design with numerous crystalline elements typifies Skoda’s new design language. At the same time, the powerfully robust and expressive exterior makes its use as a compact SUV apparent.
The front section is highlighted by the LED headlights that feature precise contours and are geometrically shaped. Full-LED headlights should be expected from the Ambition trim level upwards.
Typical of Skoda, the radiator grille features a chrome strip and is trapezoid-shaped. The foglights have full LED technology and the cornering lights, as before, are located beneath the main headlights. Daytime running lights and a homogeneous indicator are provided along the edge of the main headlights as a narrow strip of lights.
A set of two wheel designs are offered as standard – 16- or 17-inch, while 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels are offered as optional extras.
Engine Specs - Skoda Karoq 2018
Five state-of-the-art engines are available beneath the hood – four of which are brand new. Displacement ranges from 1.0L to 2.0L, with power ranging from 85kW to 140kW. Regardless of the engine selected, brake energy recovery, stop-start technology, and direct injection systems are offered.
All the engines, according to Skoda, are notoriously efficient, and comply with EU six regulations. A six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG are available with the exception of the most powerful diesel.
The smallest petrol unit offers less cylinder capacity but more power. It produces 85kW and 200Nm of torque. Only 10.6 seconds is required to zoom from 0-62 mph. Top speed stands at 187 km/h.
For safety, the new Skoda comes with many driver-assistance systems only seen in vehicles in higher segments. Some of the systems include radar-based adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, emergency assist, predictive pedestrian protection, and front assist.
2018 Skoda Karoq Release Date & Price
First deliveries of the Karoq are expected in January of 2018. Pricing should be expected to start from 20,875 Euros.
The CX-5 has been a source of headache for other mid-size crossover SUVs for four years now. Its routine handling and steering exhibit nuance, and sets the benchmark when it comes to setting a new dynamic benchmark. Furthermore, it’s enjoyable for daily driving, its cabin is upscale and attractive, and is serene on the highway. Pricing starts from an MSRP of $25,185.
The Tucson on its part is a formidable choice in this class. Its engines offer both good fuel economy and peppy acceleration. Safety and infotainment features are advanced. Ride quality is uncompromised even on rough terrain. And safety scores are impressive. Pricing for the Tucson stands at $24,265.
The Tiguan is worth checking out if you’re looking for a compact crossover that offers a rewarding drive. Its handling is sporty and doesn’t compromise the cabin comfort. The materials inside feel premium. The cabin is weirdly quiet at highway speeds. And the turbocharged engine performance is punchy. Pricing starts from an MSRP of $26,395 for the most basic S model.