Because of all the SUVs at the Volkswagen Group, the forest is hardly visible for the trees. At Skoda, the Karoq takes the place between the Kamiq and the Kodiaq. A copy leaves the showroom for just under € 30,000, but is that also the best choice of the three?
Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI Ambition € 29,990
Once you have chosen the Karoq from all VAG SUVs, Skoda offers (fortunately) completely clear follow-up steps. The price list contains only two motorcycles with two versions each. The 1.0 TSI Greentech petrol engine with 115 hp and six-speed manual transmission tops the price list. Customers who dig deeper into their pockets can still opt for the 1.5 TSI Greentech with 150 hp (from € 31,490). Lovers of a DSG automatic transmission will be automatically forwarded to this 1.5 TSI. The basic price will then shoot up to € 36,490. As mentioned, Skoda has two trim levels ready for each engine: the Ambition and the Style. Basically that results in a price difference of € 3,000. Time to see where that comes from.
On the outside, an Ambition is characterized by a predominantly black finish. Take the window frame, roof rails and large parts of the bumpers: everything is finished in dark gray or black. Furthermore, the bare Karoq gets halogen headlights, while a Style is equipped with a full-red system. The rear lights and daytime running lights are equipped with LEDs. Because of this choice, the Ambition also lacks headlight washers. Furthermore, he does get fog lights in the front bumper, but they lack the function where they shine in bends for an extra illuminated corner. The exterior mirrors can also be slightly less than with the Style, because they are indeed electrically heated and adjustable, but cannot fold automatically and are not equipped with a dimming function as soon as vehicles behind dazzle the driver. 16-inch wheels fill the wheel arches as standard, with the Style they are a size bigger.
Inside, too, luxury is lost in certain areas. Take the standard air conditioning that cannot be set automatically over two zones (optional + € 520) or the key that simply has to be inserted in the ignition lock. In addition, the central screen is of a smaller size: 6.5-inch instead of 8-inch. The system is also not equipped with Smartlink +, making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto the big absentee. DAB + radio is however available. The Karoq is also equipped with other facilities. Take four power windows, cruise control and parking sensors in the rear bumper. Other smart features that Skoda meanwhile characterize, such as scattered storage compartments or the parking card holder, are also standard.
The options list contains a few more facilities that may make life a bit easier. Take a reversing camera (+ € 290), adaptive cruise control (+ € 290) or a heated windscreen (+ € 200). For a different paint, Skoda asks between € 390 (Steel Gray) to € 990 (Metallic Velvet Red, Crystal Black) extra. Do you think this is the best choice from the VAG stable? Let us know below.