Skoda Karoq - best small 4x4s

Four-wheel drive versions of the Skoda Karoq add to the car’s all-round appeal

The SEAT Ateca has regularly featured in our best small 4x4s list so it’s no surprise that the near-identical Skoda Karoq makes an appearance too. 

Four-wheel drive versions of the Karoq are offered with a 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol, a 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel and another 2.0-litre TDI with 187bhp. None of these engines feel sluggish, offering plenty of punch for overtaking. 

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You can have the Skoda Karoq in two-wheel drive and the benefit of that is greater fuel economy. But the four-wheel drive 2.0-litre diesels still offer a respectable 43.5mpg on the combined WLTP cycle. 

Skoda has been on a roll with its SUVs lately with the larger Kodiaq gaining plaudits and the new Kamiq looking like a strong contender in the crossover class. The Karoq shouldn’t be forgotten about though and in Scout and Sportline trim, it offers plenty of equipment. Coupled with a tried and tested MQB chassis, the Karoq 4x4 should be on the list of anyone who needs a practical car with off-road capability.

Best small 4x4s to buy now



    1. 1. Skoda Karoq
    2. 2. Volvo XC40
    3. 3. Dacia Duster
    4. 4. Mini Countryman
    5. 5. Mazda CX-3
    6. 6. Jeep Renegade
    7. 7. Fiat Panda 4x4
    8. 8. Suzuki Jimny
    9. 9. BMW X1
    10. 10. SEAT Ateca

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