Skoda Karoq - best crossovers and small SUVs

The Karoq continues its reign at the top of the crossover class

The Yeti may have died out, but the Skoda Karoq has plenty going for it to make Skoda's first crossover a distant memory. And that's why it's our favourite crossover. However, while the Yeti name has gone, that car's practicality and user-friendliness lives on in the Karoq.

There's plenty of space inside for passengers and luggage, including sliding VarioFlex rear seats that can favour one over the other. But where the Karoq really stands out from its predecessor is the quality of the interior. There are also lots of of high-grade materials and soft-touch plastics, while top-spec cars can rival the VW Tiguan for classy appeal.

Skoda Karoq review

The Karoq is based on the same platform as the Tiguan, but it wears a look that's inspired by Skoda's larger Kodiaq. That means you get a large grille and slender lights for an imposing face, while plenty of straight edges make up the rest of this crossover's design.

Engines are plucked from the VW Group range, with turbocharged 1.0 and 1.5 TSI petrol and 1.6 and 2.0 TDI diesel engines, while four-wheel drive is offered on top-spec cars. We'd only recommend 4WD if you live in the wilds, because the greater efficiency and lower cost of the front-wheel drive versions mean these are the ones to go for.

On the road, the Karoq is a great crossover to drive, with handling that is surprisingly capable for a high-riding crossover. There's decent comfort, too, with a refined ride and quiet cabin when cruising.

Top 10 best crossovers and small SUVs to buy now

  1.  

     

    1.  

       

      1.  

         

        1.  

           

          1. 1. Skoda Karoq
          2. 2. Peugeot 3008 
          3. 3. Citroen C3 Aircross
          4. 4. Range Rover Evoque
          5. 5. Dacia Duster
          6. 6. Volkswagen T-Cross
          7. 7. Toyota RAV4
          8. 8. Audi Q3
          9. 9. Lexus UX 
          10. 10. SEAT Arona
  1.  

     

    Recommended

    Top 10 best SUVs to buy 2022
    Best SUVs to buy - header image
    SUVs

    Top 10 best SUVs to buy 2022

    We name the top 10 best SUVs and 4x4s you can buy on the new car market today
    2 Jan 2022
    New 2022 Skoda Karoq facelift unveiled with tweaked styling
    Skoda Karoq - front tracking
    Skoda Karoq

    New 2022 Skoda Karoq facelift unveiled with tweaked styling

    The big-selling Skoda Karoq family SUV receives a round of mid-life updates, including styling tweaks and improved tech
    30 Nov 2021
    Skoda Karoq review
    Skoda Karoq
    Skoda Karoq

    Skoda Karoq review

    The Skoda Karoq condenses the appeal of the seven-seat Kodiaq into a smaller crossover package
    20 Aug 2021
    Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Karoq
    Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Karoq
    Medium SUVs

    Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Karoq

    Can the facelifted Peugeot 3008 overcome the Skoda Karoq in this family SUV battle?
    6 Feb 2021

    Most Popular

    'The best car in the world is Korean'
    Opinion Mike Rutherford
    Opinion

    'The best car in the world is Korean'

    Mike Rutherford praises Hyundai and Kia's joint win in Best Cars of the Year
    16 Jan 2022
    Best electric cars to buy 2022
    Best electric cars
    Electric cars

    Best electric cars to buy 2022

    There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
    10 Jan 2022
    Top 10 best hybrid cars to buy 2022
    Best hybrid cars - header image
    Hybrid cars

    Top 10 best hybrid cars to buy 2022

    Hybrid power is the way forward if the car industry is to be believed so we've found the top 10 best hybrid cars to buy now...
    2 Jan 2022