2017 Skoda Karoq Review, Specs, Details

2017 Skoda Karoq Review, Specs, Price & Details

The Karoq is a 4.38-meter long SUV that replaces the  Yeti . It is for sale from 22 490 euros with a petrol engine of 115 horses and from 24 840 euros with a diesel of 116.

If we take this second version as a reference, it turns out that there are cheaper models, such as the Suzuki S-Cross or the Citroën C4 Airscross . A Renault Kadjar has a similar price, while a  SEAT Ateca  (the Karoq equivalent in SEAT) is more expensive. The  Peugeot 3008  or the Jeep Compass have a much higher price. List sorted by price, of Diesel all terrain between 110 and 120 horsepower and length between 4.30 and 4.45 meters. In addition to the above mentioned engines there is another gasoline of 150 horses and two Diesel, of 150 and 190 horses.

2017 Skoda Karoq Dimentions

It has a width of 1.84 m, a height of 1.60 m and a wheelbase of 2.63 m. It is built on the same platform that SEAT uses for the Ateca , although its length is two centimeters higher (the Ateca measures 4.36 m). The battle is the same and they share many engines and equipment elements.

2017 Skoda Karoq Review, Specs, Details

The Volkswagen Tiguan is longer and the distance between wheels is also, so it is located between the Karoq and Kodiaq , the other model with Škoda off-road body.

2017 Skoda Karoq Space

The boot has a capacity of 521 liters (with the rear seats of series, whose position is fixed and fall in proportion 1/3 and 2/3), greater than all competitors of similar characteristics listed here, although the Peugeot 3008 and the Volkswagen Tiguan (both with 520 l) almost equal it. With the backs down to take advantage of the entire cargo space the volume amounts to 1630 liters. There are two types of rear tray, one rigid that is fastened with twine to the gate and another textile attached to the door that rises when opening this one.

With the optional VarioFlex system, the three rear seats are independent and can be adjusted 11 centimeters lengthwise. Thus, in the most delayed position (the one that leaves more space for the legs) the trunk has 479 liters, and in the most advanced, 588 liters. If the intermediate seat is removed, which is smaller than the sides, these can be moved inwards to any intermediate position up to eight centimeters. They can also be extracted completely, leaving 1810 liters of load capacity. The impression given to us during the static presentation is that the operation of extracting the three seats is simple although its weight requires a remarkable effort to remove them and place them.

Škoda says that its breadth is “usual” in the models in its range, ie above average (and sometimes exceptional) among its competitors. According to some measurements we have been able to do, in the rear seats legroom and height available with glass roof are similar to those of the Ateca. The same thing happens with the trunk, which has a few levels practically flat (we can measure it carefully later).

2017 Skoda Karoq Review, Specs, Details

2017 Skoda Karoq Engine

The 150 hp petrol engine has a lower consumption than the 115 hp (5.1 versus 5.2 l / 100 km). This 1.5 TSI engine has a two-cylinder disconnection system when torque demand is low (it is activated between 1400 and 4000 rpm running at less than 130 km / h). All engines are available with manual or automatic (double clutch, with six or seven gears) except the 190 hp, which is only combined with automatic and all-wheel drive. Diesel and gasoline of 150 hp may have front or full wheel drive.

The all-wheel drive versions have a different rear suspension (an independent mechanism with four arms instead of a wheel system pulled). For these versions an optional variable hardness damping system (DCC) is available with three possible adjustments, speed control functions in descents, differential locking by the brake system and a package of elemenos that protects from friction and small impacts areas of the body, a plate under the crankcase and protections for the cabling and fuel lines and brakes.

With the highest levels of equipment, a selector of driving modes is available that allows to modify the response of the steering, the accelerator and the automatic transmission and the adjustable suspension in case of having them.

2017 Skoda Karoq Review, Specs, Details

It does not release elements of equipment within the Volkswagen Group but it is the first Škoda in which the instrument cluster can be a screen. Other elements available are led headlights, four multimedia systems -Swing (standard 6.5 “), Bolero (8”), Amundsen (8 “) and Columbus (9.2”); the last two have browser – or the ambient light of ten colors .

Among the safety equipment and driver support that can provide the Karoq are the parking assistant, assistant lane keeping, the active developer of speed , the detection of obstacles in the blind spot , the warning change involuntary lane-assisted steering wheel , the brake booster emergency obstacle detection , the  traffic sign recognition and pedestrian trailer or an assistant to maneuver more safely.

Škoda does not confirm whether there will be Scout and RS versions, but it does not deny it either. Yes we have confirmed that in 2019 there will be a Superb plug-in hybrid, in 2020 “an electric SUV” and in 2025, five electric models, but does not say which. The manufacture of the Karoq will begin in July 2017, on the same plant as the Ateca.

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