The Skoda Yeti is a kind of vehicles that’s unattainable to hate. There’s one thing refreshingly sincere and unassuming about the way in which it carries itself. From the Yeti’s quirky styling to its utilitarian nature, there’s quite a bit to like concerning the factor.
However the trendy automobile purchaser doesn’t need a utilitarian work horse. She or he desires premium. And ideally packaged up as a mid-sized crossover.
Therefore, the automobile that replaces the Yeti isn’t a direct alternative in any respect. It’s known as the Karoq, and is greatest regarded as the Kodiaq’s little brother, or a cousin for the also-MQB-based VW Tiguan and Seat Ateca. Actually, it appears to be like hilariously much like the Ateca within the aspect profile – certainly a bit extra distinction between the 2 wouldn’t have been that tough? On the entire, it’s an train in massively conservative styling.
Fortunately, the Seat-iness falls away once you climb in. The cabin’s instantly recognisable when you’ve been in any current Skoda, plus it appears to be like and feels nicer than the Ateca’s (notice to self: cease mentioning Ateca). Additional factors must be awarded for the slightly pretty, textured cloth seats, which I’d genuinely have over the optionally available leather-based chairs.
On the transfer, the very first thing that hits you is simply how clean the experience is – the Ateca (oops) feels surprisingly brittle over rougher surfaces, however there aren’t any such points right here. Even on the less-than-perfect roads of our check route in Sicily – the place the street floor randomly breaks aside from time to time – it wasn’t tough or jarring as soon as.
The steering’s about the proper velocity for a automobile like this, however provides just about no suggestions. However you already knew that. Curiously, there’s a Sport mode, though it appears to do little greater than make the steering barely heavier.
It’s going to roll and understeer when pushed, however not excessively. It’s competent but thrilling, however within the absence of a vRS mannequin (which can truly occur in some unspecified time in the future), that’s to be anticipated.
There’s a 2.0-litre turbodiesel accessible with 148bhp, but it surely’s a surprisingly clattery factor, a lot because the Karoq’s sound proofing tries to smother the din. The one you need is the 1.5-litre, additionally 148bhp ‘TSI Evo’. It lacks vim in one thing like Seat’s semi-sporty Ibiza FR, however within the Karoq, its clean, eerily quiet modus operandi is an ideal match.
It’s greater than fast sufficient too, getting you from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds when you go for the six-speed guide. And with regards to the guide, it’s the standard MQB ‘field utilized in many a VAG product, which means it’s slick and satisfying to make use of.
These aforementioned seats praise the silky clean experience by being properly comfy, and also you’re actually not wanting for house. Planning a hardcore Ikea session? The Varioflex seats are in your aspect.
Fitted as customary on SE L-trimmed Karoqs, they see the rear bench break up into three separate models that fold in myriad instructions and might even be taken out solely to provide 1810 litres of boot house. Simply don’t publicise that to your mates, until you wish to be roped into each home transfer that happens in your friendship circle over the following few years.
Add within the traditional sensible Skoda touches like an ice scraper neatly hidden behind the gasoline filler cap and boot netting, and you’ve got a automobile that makes all of the boring bits of life that bit extra bearable.
In order for you a break from mentioned boring bits of life, the Karoq does have some restricted off-road potential so that you can play with, which we did exploit on a fairly tough set of tracks. Floor clearance is first rate, and there are four-wheel drive variations accessible with an ‘off-road mode’. You’ll be able to even spec a ‘Tough-Street’ possibility with underbody safety and varied plastic covers to cease necessary issues from getting slashed to bits or lined in mud.
There’s actually not a lot to name the Karoq out on – it does all the things nicely, and for anybody who actually should purchase a crossover slightly than a traditional hatchback, it’s a completely competent mannequin that may be advisable, secure within the data you’re saving the world from being additional spammed by the Nissan Qashqai’s tedious ubiquity.
But it surely’s not a automobile you’re doubtless going to pine for. It’s not endearing just like the outdated Yeti. It’s not one thing totally different just like the Yeti, simply Skoda’s – admittedly higher thought-out – model of two present vehicles from the identical group of firms in an absurdly crowded nook of the market. The larger Kodiaq up till lately had no different equal elsewhere in VAG, and wins you over by being a giant ol’ reliable household bus.
Karoq tools ranges are wholesome, and it’s a well-priced automobile with the vary going from £20,875 to £31,690. However don’t anticipate this automobile to symbolize something greater than a ‘head’ kinda selection, slightly than coronary heart.