While it could be brief on shock worth, Skoda’s newest SUV isn’t brief on allure. Sure, the design isn’t ‘In your Face’, but it surely isn’t devoid of character. It has an easy-going and relaxed appeal. And then there’s a stability to the design that’s uncommon. Viewed from the facet, the nostril is simply the proper measurement and the big squared wheel arches add muscle. The origami-like cuts and creases across the nostril and tail additionally add a great deal of character. Around the entrance, the tiny secondary lamps give it a high-cheekbone look. Interestingly, there isn’t a winged arrow emblem on the rear, simply ‘Skoda’ spelt good and enormous.
Moving to the cabin, it’s right here the place the SUV’s construct and high quality of supplies used actually shine. The entrance seats supply further bolstering, excellent cushioning and ample lateral assist. Almost all of the supplies have a premium really feel, and Skoda designers have added to the appeal of the cabin by lining all that’s essential with loads of high-quality chrome. There is a few across the vents, the centre console mixes piano black and chrome fantastically, and the highlights stick with it throughout to the steering wheel and doorpads as nicely.
I notably just like the seize handles which might be constructed into the centre console. The high-quality, slick touchscreen and digital instrument panel go fantastically collectively. In reality, the performance of the display screen is excellent. The show is crisp, it responds immediately, and the software program is so intuitive, you hardly ever must second-guess. The solely bit that kind of appears misplaced is the plain-looking gear selector.
With its substantial 2.6m-long wheelbase, area within the rear of the cabin can also be good. The backrest is a bit upright however the seat peak is nice. What is sweet is that you just don’t really feel hemmed in on the rear, and that is partly because of the large sunroof. It is value noting that the Karoq is wider than even the Tiguan Allspace. The boot too is spacious, at 521 litres, and comes with a few intelligent and helpful touches, such because the magnet-equipped, rechargeable LED torch, velcro-coated angled brackets you’ll be able to repair on the boot flooring to forestall baggage from flying round, and boot rails and sliding hooks.
Throttle and cruise
On the efficiency entrance, the Karoq is at its greatest when pushed in a relaxed method. There is just one engine for India — a 150hp, 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine. The unit is tuned extra for torque and is happiest when pushed between 2,000 and 4,500rpm. The unit has loads of urge and pulling energy even when all you utilize is half-throttle. What additionally matches properly right here is the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Yes, at occasions, it does pause inordinately when the engine is at low pace, and, at occasions, it shifts abruptly. However, all issues thought of, the Karoq feels proper at dwelling within the metropolis with greater than sufficient grunt to simply overtake slower site visitors.
Winding the engine more durable all the best way to the redline delivers a stronger thrust. Flat out, the SUV takes 10.03sec to succeed in 100kph, nonetheless the engine feels strained previous 4,500rpm, and it will get a bit boomy close to the redline too.
The Karoq’s trip high quality is spectacular. The roads in Pawna are a patchwork of excellent, not so good and downright poor, however the Karoq merely rolls over them — silently, easily, and with out an excessive amount of motion of the cabin. There is a suppleness you seldom discover in an SUV of this measurement and sophistication.
The steering is fluid, clean, and straightforward to twirl. You can faucet the gear lever into ‘Drive’ with a deft flick of your left hand; and since pedal effort can also be fantastically calibrated, even a complete day behind the wheel of the Karoq is unlikely to tire you out.
What performs a contributing function is that at medium speeds, the Karoq is sweet and composed. Drive more durable, nonetheless, and it quickly runs out of grip, particularly on the entrance. Body roll will increase, and the as soon as neat-and-tidy dynamics slowly start to unravel.
Comfortable on the within, nicely constructed, and good to drive, Skoda’s Karoq is an SUV that clearly ticks a lot of containers. The properly constructed inside is stuffed with high quality materials, the motive force’s seat could be very comfy, the engine, gearbox and steering make driving it easy.
Yes, it’s lacking package like wi-fi charging and cooled seats, a bit extra space within the rear would have been good, and since it’s an import, it’s expensive. The Karoq is out there in a single fully-loaded variant and is priced at ₹24.99 lakh (ex-showroom) — a full ₹5 lakh greater than its VW cousin, the T-Roc, which too is a CBU import. Still, if you’re searching for a extra reasonably priced, extra fun-to-drive Kodiaq, that is precisely what the physician ordered.