Czech manufacturer Skoda revealed the ‘baby-Kodiaq’ - and successor to the Yeti - yesterday at an event in the Swedish capital. Skoda describes its compact SUV as having “lots of space and state-of-the-art technology”. Regarding the latter, the Karoq is the first Skoda to offer a fully digital dashboard. Apart from that, it features full LED headlights, Skoda Connect infotainment with a capacitive touch screen and new driver assistance systems.
Looking at the dimensions of the Skoda Karoq, it is evident that it shares its platform with the Seat Ateca. The wheelbase is exactly the same (2,638 mm) and in terms of length, width and height, the Czech differs every so slight from its Spanish cousin. The Karoq’s boot can swallow 521 litres with the seats up (11 more than the Ateca), or 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded down. If you opt for the VarioFlex system, you get three individual rear seats can be removed entirely, resulting in a load capacity of 1,810 litres.
Top notch technology
Between the front wheels there are five engines to choose from, ranging from 115 hp to 190 hp, four of which are new to Skoda. The smallest petrol engine is a three-cylinder 1.0, followed by the newly developed 1.5 petrol with cylinder deactivation which was introduced by the VW Golf. The diesel engines measure 1.6 or 2.0 litres. All engines are mated to a six speed manual or an optional seven speed DSG (standard on the 2.0 TDI 190 4x4).
Infotainment-wise, the Karoq gains access to the connected Columbus and Amundsen systems with Wi-Fi hotspot and an optional LTE module (Columbus). The Skoda Connect mobile online services include breakdown and emergency assistance, parking place retrieval, and remote vehicle check. The SmartLink+ platform is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
To keep the Karoq out of harm’s way, Skoda offers a range of driver assistance systems such as Park Assist, Lane Assist and even Traffic Jam Assist. Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist equally enhance safety.
Picture copyright: Skoda, 2017