The Skoda Karoq faces a bit of a problem: it’s hard to have a discussion about it without talking about another car first.
Let me demonstrate. Take a look at the photo of the Karoq above. What do you see? Chances are that your answer is a) a smaller Skoda Kodiaq; b) a replacement Yeti; or c) a Seat Ateca clone.
Now, there’s no shame in the Karoq being linked to any of those three machines - they’re all fine cars. And if Skoda has succeeded in building a car based on the design of the Kodiaq, built on the platform of the Ateca and with the quirky appeal of the Yeti, then the Karoq will be a sales smash.
So what’s the problem? Well, nothing really. The Karoq is lovely. Seriously, it is. It’s stylish, with its crisp and clear lines and creases, and the elegant Kodiaq-style front grille.
It’s packed with top-notch tech, including some great features like the digital display and personalised keys. Plus, it features plenty of the nice little design touches Skoda has become known for all over it, such a tablet holder in the back and a hidden umbrella.