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Skoda Karoq Review
Skoda was the first to show Indians, way back in the day that you didn’t have to stretch your budget to Mercedes-Benz levels. To have a premium, well-built, engineered car, and that earned it a reputation as a very aspirational carmaker. But that was a long time ago. These days there are a lot more players in the market. And well those brands offer you a smaller more affordable car than, they did before. This is the new Skoda Karoq is coming to claim it Place.
Moreover, Skoda’s reputation kind-of took a hit when it came to after-sales although that is on the mend. And well, the product lineup has since sort-of stagnated into four products, most of which are kind of niche. That’s all set to change though as Skoda Karoq has taken the reins for the whole Volkswagen Group in India. And though the big revolution is coming in 2021. It has started right away with this.
Say hello to the Skoda Karoq an SUV. That will sit in Skoda India’s line up below the Kodiak and above the upcoming Hyundai Creta rival. But, unlike its two SUV siblings, the Skoda Karoq will be a full CBU import. That means it will attract heavy import duties. This means, that it will likely be priced higher than its size suggests. So, while it’s about the size of a KIA Seltos on the outside. Its price will likely make it a close arrival in the likes of the Jeep Compass. But if you think it’s coming to battle with one arm tied behind. Its back thinks again because Skoda has a few clever tricks up its sleeve with this one. Before we go any further, though be sure to like this tell us also in the comments what you think of the Karoq.
Skoda Karoq Exterior
I quite like the way it looks. It doesn’t have the quirkiness of the old Skoda Yeti for sure. But it’s got that understated elegance that people love about Skoda. There is a resemblance to the Skoda Kodiak. But it has more conventional SUV proportions. The front end is a little less extravagant with a simpler design for the LED headlamps and bumper. But over to the side, you’ll be happy to find prominent character lines and a sharp set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
At the rear, you get the new staple of large Skoda lettering across the tailgate. And I particularly like the shape of the LED tail lamps. And while we’re talking about back, let’s talk about the boot, which is quite generous at 520 liters. The seats can be dropped at the pull of a lever to free up 1630 liters.
- Bag hooks,
- Velcro luggage separators
- And even a magnetized LED flashlight to help you change your tire in the dark
- And yes, there is a full-size spare tire.
Skoda Karoq Interior
Time to tell you what the back seat is like. Now as I’m sure you’ve guessed by reading this article at the exterior dimensions of this car. Space in the back seat of the Skoda Karoq is good but not one of these car USP’s I’m 5’10” inches tall. And well, I’ve got enough knee room and about enough Headroom. But I suspect taller passengers might only find it adequate. They might also find that the backrest is a little bit upright. But apart from that, this is a great seat. It’s very supportive and very comfortable.
And it’s placed high enough that you get a good enough view out of the front. Plus there are these quarter glasses behind me. That lets in a lot of light, and if you want more light still that’s always the massive panoramic sunroof. So, it’s more comfortable in the backseat. Then its exterior size would suggest. But what about if you’re sat in the front.
- Powered driver seat with memory
- An 8-inch touchscreen
- Dual-zone climate control
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- Adaptive Full-LED headlamps
- Auto headlamps & wipers
- Digital instrument cluster
- 8-inch touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
- Panoramic Sunroof
- Powered driver seat memory function
- Dual-zone climate control
- Tire-pressure monitoring
- Ambient interior lighting
- Keyless entry & go
- The power driver seat
- Panoramic sunroof,
- And digital dials on the safety front
- There’s the usual suite of electronic aids
Skoda Karoq Test Drive
Skoda Karoq Price – 25 lacs Ex-Showroom India
Skoda’s big India 2.0 plan may only be kicking off in 2021. But it’s got a few products to tide us over until then. Karoq is an excellent start. Sure, those looking for a good price to size ratio in their SUV might want to look elsewhere. But then Skoda customers tend to prefer cars with a bit more substance to that end. They’ve made sure to spec the Karoq well with all the desirable equipment buyers want. But they don’t seem to have overdone it either. Leaving out some non-essential equipment that you would find on the European model.
Moreover, they’ve left out all-wheel-drive which, seems fine for an urban SUV like this. But what this points to is a price that might be more aggressive than we thought the new 1.5 TSI engine. It isn’t the most exciting, but it gets the job done. But what Skoda fans will appreciate is the quality interiors of the all-conquering ride. The tidy dynamics and the solid build quality and the right price. It may have what it takes to jumpstart Skoda back to the glory days of old.