Yeti fans might lament the dismissal of their favorite quirky SUV, but Skoda is probably going to reap the benefits of introducing the Karoq successor through higher sales – even if the compact crossover segment is decidedly crowded.
Skoda has decided to present a fresh opportunity for customers to choose the new Karoq – which this time looks like a smaller evolution of the large Kodiaq instead of going for its own personality like the Yeti did in the past. With the bigger seven-seat SUV already selling in promising quantities, Skoda might very well get another huge commercial success with the Karoq given the more compact demeanor and accessible price.
The compact SUV also comes with a few novelties of its own – for example the all-digital instrument cluster available as an option, or the VarioFlex system that allows for the removal of the rear seats and the use of a huge loading space with a capacity of 1,810 liters. Aside from the three individual rear seats, the Karoq also has an electrically operated tailgate, gesture control, wireless charging, and full-LED headlights, traffic sign recognition, lane assist, blind spot detect, and adaptive cruise control. Powertrain choices include two options on each side – gasoline and diesel, with outputs starting at 115 hp (85 kW) and reaching up to 190 hp (140 kW).