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Skoda's Yeti Replacement Is Here. Karoq On Test
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
Skoda recently discontinued the much-loved and distinctive Yeti and on test here is its replacement – the Karoq.

Styling is far more conservative but when parked alongside the much larger Kodiaq model, the family resemblance is striking.

The emphasis here is practicality and value for money, two defining features of the Skoda brand.

The Karoq is available with three core trim grades. All models are well equipped so expect to find smart alloy wheels, dual-zone climate controlled air conditioning and cruise control fitted even on the base SE variant, with prices starting at £20,875.

SE L versions add smart Alcantara upholstery, heated front seats and an 8-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, amongst other things.

The range tops out with ‘Edition’ models which get a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat and larger 9.2-inch touchscreen and it is this model that is on test here.

More decisions must be made with regards to engine choice – there are two petrol motors (115PS 1.0-litre and 150PS 1.5-litre) and two diesels (115PS 1.6-litre TDi and 150PS 2.0-litre TDi).

Unless your intended mileage is especially high, petrol is the choice and both engines impress. My choice would be the larger 1.5-litre motor which is plenty quick enough and frugal in the real world.

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How does a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.4 seconds and 51.4mpg for the combined economy cycle sound? I achieved mid 40s mpg without trying too hard. Emissions are commendably low too at just 125g/km CO2.

An automatic 7-speed DSG gearbox is available with all engines and trims (a pleasant change) and your wallet will be lightened to the tune of £1,300. It may be money well spent if you spend a lot of time in town traffic.

Safety sells and the new Karoq is not found wanting in this department. Safety experts Euro NCAP have already awarded the occupant protection of adult passengers an excellent 93%, along with a five star rating.

Standard safety systems include Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, electronic tyre pressure monitoring, seven airbags and ESC.

The Karoq boasts a light and airy interior with plenty of space for four large adults to sit comfortably. SE L models and above boast a Varioflex seating system which allows owners to adapt the layout and configuration of the rear seats to meet their needs. Luggage space in the Varioflex models is 479-588 litres with the seats up and 1,810 litres with the rear seats removed.

Skoda goes the extra mile with thoughtful interior touches. Expect to find an umbrella under the passenger seats, a removable LED torch in the boot and the now familiar ice scraper in the fuel filler cap. Small details but they make for pleasurable ownership and happy customers.

On my challenging test route I can confirm that the Karoq boasts a comfortable ride and handles the twisty stuff in a safe and secure manner. I’m not sure it is the most involving car to drive, but I suspect would-be buyers will not give a jot.

Instead they will be focussing on the Karoq’s practical nature and affordable prices.

And with that in mind, much as I enjoyed the Karoq Edition model, I think the near £30,000 price tag with a few choice goodies might be a deterrent. Much better to select SE trim, a wholly more appealing £22,230. You will want for very little.

Fast Facts (as tested)

Skoda Karoq Edition
Price £27,115 (£29,415 with options).
1.5-litre petrol engine (150PS)
0-62mph in 8.4 seconds
Top speed 126mph
Combined economy 51.4mpg
Emissions 125g/km CO2
5* Euro NCAP Safety Rating

Skoda's Yeti Replacement Is Here. Karoq On Test, 2nd June 2018, 20:00 PM