The quirky Skoda Yeti is no more, but its spirit lives on inside the all-new 2018 Karoq, a new compact crossover that is actually a twin sibling to the VW Tiguan and Seat Ateca thanks to the MQB architecture.
We can also call it the little Kodiaq – Skoda has finally taken the wraps off the Karoq following a lengthy teasing campaign (it looks like a mainstay of today’s automotive marketing), which arrives to replace the rather old, but still interesting Yeti. Along with the name change also comes a complete design makeover, heavily influenced by the larger seven-seat Kodiaq. The smaller SUV does come with its own cues for some individuality – different headlight and taillight design, complete with new LED signature. We told you the Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca are heavily related to the Skoda Karoq, which stands at 4,382 millimeters (172.5 inches) long, 1,841 mm (72.4 inches) wide, 1,605 mm (63.2 inches) tall, and packing a great wheelbase stretching at 2,638 mm (104 inches). Skoda cars have always been highly habitable and the Karoq doesn’t disappoint – 521 liters (18.4 cubic feet) of cargo to 1,630 liters (57.5 cu. ft.) can be engulfed by the trunk.
The simply clever motto is present inside – there are three independent rear seats that can also be removed completely for a maximum load capacity of no less than 1,810 liters (64 cu. ft.), with the modular rear seats actually belonging to the VarioFlex system, a trait that apparently hasn’t died out with the Roomster. For the first time ever in a Skoda, the Karoq can be had with an optional all-digital instrument cluster and owners can also pack full-LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, electric tailgate, 10-color LED ambient lighting, Wi-Fi hotspot, and LTE module for the flagship version of the infotainment system.
As for powertrains, the Czech brand brings the usual suspects – the engines and gearbox options come from the Tiguan and Ateca. There’s also the VW Group’s new 150-hp 1.5-liter TSI Evo that premiered on the updated Golf with cylinder deactivation technology. Other offers include the 115-hp 1.0-liter, as well as the very popular 1.6- and 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines. The gearbox choices include a standard six-speed manual, the seven-speed DSG – and depending on the version there will be a choice of FWD or all-wheel drive.