Mid-size SUV of the 12 months 2019: Skoda Karoq | New Automotive Awards 2019: the winners
Skoda is understood for automobiles which can be nice worth for cash and really sensible, and the Karoq suits that description completely. It’s not simply these qualities that handed it the win on this class, although – it’s additionally as a result of it’s an incredible all-rounder.
The Karoq is extra grown-up than the Yeti that got here earlier than it, with a high-quality cabin, good refinement and loads of hi-tech package. The infotainment system is modern-looking and simple to make use of, but additionally full of options, together with smartphone connectivity.
There’s a large selection of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines which can be acquainted from elsewhere within the VW Group vary, together with the stable 1.5 TSI, which mixes effectivity and efficiency very effectively.
Select the six-speed handbook if you wish to avoid wasting cash and luxuriate in altering gear your self – it’s a slick gearbox and good to make use of – or go for the DSG automated if you wish to go away shifting to the automotive.
There are additionally 4×4 variations and extra highly effective engines to select from. Nonetheless, though the Karoq is completely adequate off street, it’s a lot better on tarmac, because of its comfy suspension set-up, exact steering and good visibility.
The Karoq has all the flexibility and practicality you’d count on, too. In reality, it’s top-of-the-line in its class in that regard, as a result of the rear bench can slide forwards or backwards to create extra boot or passenger house, relying in your wants. This VarioFlex set-up is customary on SE L trim automobiles and above, so there’s between 479 and 588 litres of boot house on provide, in addition to 1,810 litres when the seats are folded. It’s simply one other of Skoda’s considerate touches that make dwelling with a automotive straightforward. That is what SUVs are for, and the Karoq nails the temporary simply.
Comfy seats and a effectively constructed inside imply that lengthy journeys are straightforward, and the intuitive, tech-laden infotainment system takes a few of the stress out of driving, too. The Karoq is quiet inside on the motorway, as a result of the engine noise doesn’t intrude into the cabin, so there’s refinement to enrich the mature street manners.
Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI SE (£23,295)
Whichever mannequin of Karoq you go for, you get the identical wonderful practicality and relaxed driving expertise, with the 1.5-litre petrol engine providing mixture of efficiency and effectivity. SE spec comes with an eight-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you should utilize your telephone for sat-nav.
The 3008 is a earlier winner on this class and continues to be a best choice. It provides loads of practicality to go along with its fashionable appears to be like, that are arguably extra fascinating than the Karoq’s, and it has a good engine vary, too. It’s full of the newest know-how, together with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit show behind the steering wheel that may present sat-nav instructions and extra.
Toyota truly has two stable choices on this phase now, as a result of the RAV4 joined the C-HR this yr. The previous is bigger, so it provides extra practicality, and nudges forward in consequence. There’s a great deal of room within the again seats and the 580-litre boot is sort of as massive because the Karoq’s, regardless of the environment friendly hybrid powertrain taking on some underfloor house.
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