The new Skoda Karoq 2022 was introduced in late 2021, four years after the debut of the current generation (2017) that has inherited the Yeti. The Karoq restyling went into production with being launched on the market in Italy. It is an aesthetic and technical upgrade: no disruptions, but an evolution in continuity, especially from a technological point of view. Faithful to the last moves of the brand of the VAG group, with the Czechs who want to show that he is more on the edge, Karoq 2022 brings with it a rich choice in terms of technology.
It is not Skoda’s best-selling model, because Octavia holds the scepter, but it is the second most successful in the manufacturer’s range.
It starts with projectors: the Full LED are now standard in the mid / high range of Skoda, and make a big difference in night driving situations. The novelty, however, is the presence of Matrix LEDs, those headlamps that embrace the vehicles that cross or precede us to maximize the illuminated road surface, improve visibility and not dazzle other drivers. About hardly buys them back, especially if you often drive at night, and on the most expensive features of Karoq are standard (optional on entry).
The other aspect on which we have worked is the aesthetic change some parts to modernize the look and refine the aerodynamics. The latter improves, but this is just a refinement and only those who grind many kilometers will notice their impact on consumption.
Interior: passenger compartment and trunk
Using the same feature that acts as a workhorse for the latest Skoda productions: roominess and versatility. Behind there are the seats VarioFlex, Optional or standard equipment replacing the sofa with three individual sessions. I’m sliding independently And they can be removedcreating a sitting area with two armchairs or adapting to the load needs.
When it comes to luggage, the compartment reaches 1,810 liters in its spacious layout, starting from 521 liters. Note that all depends on the chosen seats: Basic you have a luggage compartment from 521 to 1630 liters, with VarioFlex start from 588 and you get to 1,810 liters by removing all the meetings (otherwise are 1,605 liters).
In line with the drift environmentalist who is embracing the entire automotive world, then, Skoda has worked to reduce the impact in terms of materials. The Eco waiver package components of animal origin and focuses on recycling with seats upholstered in a fabric made from recycled PET bottles, imitation and Suedia (suede microfiber).
Active safety and infotainment
Security comes standard with Level 2 ADAS: frontal collision avoidance (recognizes pedestrians and cyclists), lane assistant, adaptive cruise control, limiter, driver attention monitoring and 7 airbags (including the one for the driver’s knees).
Infotainment is the usual, known, MIB 3. There ESim is LTEThe voice assistant Laura is the renamed version of that available in the rest of the group and the emergency call is included in life. The other side of the Skoda Care Connect services, proactive service that will alert us in case of need for maintenance is included for 10 years.
The app to manage the car remotely you can have from Amundsen (need to choose at least the Executive, otherwise it is optional). Who wants wireless charging for smartphones should instead buy the Phone Box optional.
ENGINES FOR ALL TASTES
Many engines are available, really for all needs. It starts with a 1.0-liter TSI with 110 hp and 200 Nm of torque town, suitable for some small trip but preferable if it is often drains. The sharper focus for the type of vehicle, remaining on gasoline, is the 1.5 TSI (also with ACT cylinder deactivation), which puts on the plate 150 hp and 250 Nm. Also note the 4×4 2.0 TSI petrol (ACT) series with DSG, 190 hp and 320 Nm. the choose in a few, but it is appreciable see a range where the four-wheel drive is available in both petrol and diesel.
The 1.5 TSI with 150 hp in non-urban is between 13 and 15 km / l. In the city it comes down to 10/11 km / l. With the 2.0-liter diesel with 150 hp traveling between 14 and 17 km per liter in the combined cycle, which means being able to reach even to 20 km / l in the extra-urban at a constant speed.
The diesel units are all 2.0-liter and all with the DSG 7 Series relationships, changing only the power and torque: 115 hp (300 Nm), 150 hp (340 Nm) or 150 hp with four-wheel drive and the torque brought to 360 Nm.
Compared to the previous version, the one tested by Nicola, the 1.6-liter and 115 HP diesel leaves the scene, now set aside at Volkswagen for the two-liter diesel that has the same power but breathes more thanks to an increased torque.
HOW IS IT GOING? ROAD TEST
Significant News there are not for the driving dynamics. The platform has achieved a good result in creating a good compromise between driveability and comfortbut it becomes necessary choose DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) and progressive steering for the best experience. The first rule damping and steering according to the driving situation (Eco, Comfort, Normal and Sport modes are, side by side with the customizable called Individual).
The second has a variable steering ratio, reduces the feeling of “SUV steering”, is more agile cornering (less necessary movements) and is more manageable at high speeds.
Safety is guaranteed on every occasion: with respect to Kodiaq we are dealing with a shorter wheelbase which makes it more responsive and a lower weight which slightly reduces inertia. In the rapid left right, the classic elk test to dodge an obstacle and return trajectory, we note a good daughter stability, however, a massive intervention of electronic controls which are less permissive herealso in Sport, of models (always SUVs) that instead make driving dynamics a particular pride.
The diesel versions are all spot on, even the input unit is just fine because it has a lot of torque and is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that suffers less throttling than the old 1.6-liter. If unplanned long distances, then the petrol is the right choice. The 110 hp is enough for the urban and extra-urban areas, the 150 hp millecinque is instead to be preferred if you want a car for all uses because the couple is the right one. The 2.0 petrol 190 hp is not focused on the Italian market: you drive that is a pleasure, but costs and consumes too much because it makes you want to push on the gas pedal and in any case would require a sportier setup (like on Macan for example).
- ENGINE Euro 6d, 1.5 TSI 4 cylinders
- POWER: 150 HP between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm
- TORQUE: 250 Nm between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm
- Front-wheel drive
- GEARBOX: DSG 7 automatic (or 6-speed manual)
- SUSPENSION: MacPherson front with stabilizer bar, rear with interconnected arms (multi-link on 4x4s)
- LENGTH 4.384 mm
- WIDTH: 1,841 mm
- HEIGHT: 1,612 mm
- STEP 2,630 mm
- LIGHT FROM THE GROUND: 173 mm
- LUGGAGE: 521 / 588-1.810 liters
- RIMS: 17 “-19”
- WEIGHT: 1,399-1,411 Kg (in running order)
- MAXIMUM SPEED: 211 km / h
- ACCELERATION 0-100 Km / h: 8.8 seconds
- CONSUMPTION: 6.1-6.7 l / 100 km (combined WLTP)
- CO2 EMISSIONS: 139-152 grams per km (combined WLTP)
PRICE: from € 27.200
PRICE AND EQUIPMENT
Karoq Ambition (from 27,200 €) does not force too many sacrifices despite being the entry model: in addition to the ADAS mentioned at the beginning of the article there are 17 “alloy wheels, Full LED, fog lights (LED), keyless start, automatic lights, 8” Bolero infotainment with touchscreen, 2 USB C, eSIM and 64 GB SSD, light and rain sensors, heated, foldable and adjustable electric mirrors, center armrest (front and rear), rear parking sensors with automatic emergency brakingAnd Skoda Connect Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, both wireless. In the course of 2022, the 8 “digital instrumentation will also come as standard, with an optional 10.25” customizable screen.
Executive (from € 29,300) adds automatic dual-zone climateincludes metallic or pearl color as standard, brings offline maps to the Amundsen navigator, adds front parking sensors, spare wheel, rear view cameralumbar support for the front seats and tinted windows.
Skoda Karoq Style interior gallery
Karoq Style (from € 30,400) adds (compared to Executive) the 18 “diamond wheels, Full LED Matrix headlightscomplete keyless (also for car entry), VarioFlex seats and LED interior lights.
Skoda Karoq Sportline exterior and interior gallery
Finally, the Sportline (from € 33,250, starting from TSI 1.5) adds (always with respect to Executive), 18 “wheels in matt black, bodywork Steel Gray at zero cost, complete keyless, driving mode selector, aluminum pedals, Full LED Matrixsports seats, perforated leather sports steering wheel with paddles (if DSG is present) e electrically adjustable driver’s seatand memory.
Looking back, one cannot fail to notice the increase in prices, the result of a constantly evolving car world. Karoq 1.0 TSI based costing € 24,420, now costs 27,200 €. Before, however, it did not have all the ADAS as standard (there was only automatic braking), the smartphones connected only with the cable, there were no eSIMs and various sensors. However, we are talking about almost 2,800 € difference on the price list (net of discounts), but if you remember the ADAS package alone cost nearly 1,000 € and the new Cruise Adaptive now works up to 210 km / h, only in Italy serve these speed…
The other critical point for Karoq is to clash in a market increasingly dominated by plug-in hybrid and hybrid. Here one is the traditional and the 2.0-liter diesel thermal is the right one for the great travelers, while the smaller petrol suffers trips bringing consumption exponentially higher when asked about the maximum. Recommended opt for the 1.5 TSI, a gasoline which has already proven its worth at a constant speed (extra-urban) gets along well with consumption.