The OBOZREVATEL team understood the secret of the success of the crossovers on the example of Skoda Karoq – the winner of the competition “Car of 2019” in the category “Compact crossover”.

In the new format

Design Karoq made in the style of a larger crossover Kodiaq and modular platform MQB car shared with numerous relatives from Volkswagen.

Skoda Karoq its design reminiscent of a larger crossover Kodiaq

Skoda Karoq was much bigger model Yeti

In the Skoda original decision Karoq head lighting

Karoq replaced the model Yeti, compared to which the new crossover became larger. The length of the model increased to 4382 mm (+160 mm), width — 1841 mm (+48 mm). To reduce the drag coefficient of the height of the machine reduced by 86 mm (1605 mm). Wheelbase front-wheel drive versions is 2638 mm, and four-wheel drive versions, it is equal to 2630 mm, which is also more than the Yeti (2578 mm).

Skoda Karoq

The increase in dimensions has a positive impact on space in the cabin. The interior design recalls the other models of Skoda, but not devoid of originality. For example, Karoq first among the cars of the Czech brand has received the optional digital dashboard. There is also a large widescreen display infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple Car Play, and good sound system c Canton 10 speakers and navigation Columbus.

The interior design recalls the other models of Skoda, but not devoid of originality

Skoda Karoq

The multimedia system offers a wide functionality

The rear camera lacks the dynamic lines, but has front and rear Parking sensors

Convenience and comfort

On the test version has a comfortable front seats with the developed lateral support, and in addition to driving of the actuator is supplied with position memory. In the cold season, a nice option is a heated steering wheel and front and rear seats.

Comfortable driver’s seat has heated, electric and memory position

On the Central tunnel there is a niche for the smartphone and a USB port

Back place enough, but a third passenger will interfere with the high transmission tunnel and protruding dashboard front arm rest with individual air vents, a power socket at 220V and USB port.

For rear passengers there are the air vents, seat heater, power socket for 220V and USB port

It is worth noting that Skoda Karoq abounds in various “smart” solutions, called the company Simply Clever. They are intended to all users in the car is convenient and comfortable. This applies both to ergonomy in General, and many pleasant things, from the scraper to clean the glass in the winter to set hooks and nets in the trunk.

In the trunk provided by the hooks and grid for fastening

“Chock-full”

Test Karoq equipped with individual rear seats VarioFlex. They can be joined together to make not only the back, but also pillows on every seat, and if necessary, any of the chairs can be disassembled. Thanks to the wide possibilities for transformation the amount of usable space of the Luggage compartment can be changed in the range from 588 to 1810 liters. In addition, the removable picnic chairs are perfect for relaxing.

But there is in this design and its disadvantages. First, powerful locks require substantial effort, and the dismantling of the chairs will require physical strength. Second, flat Luggage platform when folded backrest will not work.

The test version of the received individual seats in the second row

VarioFlex seats can be folded or completely removed from the interior

In addition to roomy Luggage compartment in the vehicle provides a large number of compartments for bits and bobs, including a voluminous glove box, roomy pockets in the doors and a convenient deep compartment-organiser in the centre armrest. In the depths of the trunk hides a “stowaway” with a set of tools.

The niche in the centre armrest fully equipped for convenience

Under the floor of bagazhnike hidden “stowaway”

On two cylinders

Under the hood, test a crossover, we find an innovative-cylinder engine 1.5 TSI with turbine with variable geometry and the option of disabling a couple of cylinders. It develops 150 HP and has torque of 250 Nm. Paired with him running 7-speed robotized gearbox DSG dual clutch and sport mode.

Skoda Karoq even monoprinter performance quite naturally feels outside of highways

Interestingly, on the work of the engine on two cylinders it is possible to guess only because of the corresponding inscription which appears on the scale of the instrument. Tandem turbo and robotic KP works well and smoothly. And to save fuel helps start-stop system, which works smoothly, without jerks.

The test version of the Skoda Karoq equipped with a 7-speed robotized gearbox

“Advanced” users are prompted to choose the operation modes of the power unit by the switch Driving Mode Select. For example, in Eco mode, the car becomes stolid and slow in their reactions, but switching to Sport, on the contrary, constantly provoking to dynamic drive. In addition, there are more modes, Normal and Individual. In the latter case, you can create your own configuration of settings of engine, steering and active cruise control.

Higher the speed – less than the pits

Suspension Karoq left a good impression. Front the machine is fitted with front McPherson, and rear – semi design. The first thing that you notice when you overcome the humps and pits –good soundproofing. All the noises from the suspension have been muted and uneven, the machine can be crossed without too much discomfort for passengers. Suspension stroke is not always enough, but it does not claim to the car, and the work of domestic “Avtodor”.

Skoda Karoq has a quiet and energy-intensive suspension

In General, the suspension on the Karoq sufficiently dense and resilient that also has a positive impact on cornering. The steering information and the steering force increases with increasing speed.

Stylish rear lights are reminiscent of the traditions of Bohemian crystal

One of the advantages of Skoda Karoq is a high level of security. The vehicle successfully passed tests of the European organization EuroNCAP and received the maximum rating of “5 stars”. Crossover offers a wide range of electronic assistants, including Front Assist monitoring system for the blind zones and monitoring driver fatigue.

Prices

Price Skoda Karoq depending on configuration varies from 617151 UAH.* for the entry-level version with the Ambition 1.4-litre petrol engine and monodrive to 858 812 UAH.* for off-road modification of Scout with 2-liter turbodiesel and four-wheel drive transmission.

* Prices are for 10.01.2020 G.

Skoda Karoq is one of the best in its class

Summary

Summing up the results of the test, we can safely say that this is one of the most attractive compact crossovers on the market. In addition to a harmonious appearance, it is very practical in everyday use and are quite roomy, despite its compact size. In addition, the company offers a wide variety of options to create a car tailored to the individual needs of the user. Modern a-liter turbo coupled with a robotic gearbox delivers dynamic acceleration and high speed characteristics.

We thank the company “Eurocar” for assistance in conducting the test.

As mentioned earlier OBOZREVATEL, the company Skoda has produced a competitor to the Renault Duster.

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