Since its recent introduction to the Australian car market, the Skoda Karoq crossover has gathered a lot of fans to the Czech car manufacturers banner. The “simply clever” Skoda value set certainly applies, and this small sibling to the Kodiaq has a lot to offer. The 2019 Karoq 110TSI has now arrived on our shores, so it’s time for brief review, and then you can make a more informed purchasing decision.
At a Glance
The Skoda Karoq price has always been a fantastic value proposition even without the considerable list of extras. This latest release sticks this principle of offering more for less and the equipment levels are generous. The cabin is practically laid out, and spacious with active cruise control and AEB fitted as standard. There are plenty of extra options, but if you tick too many boxes things can get a little expensive. The 1.5L turbocharged engine generates 110kW of power with a claimed fuel economy of 5.8L/100km on a combined cycle.
The Skoda Karoq 110TSI
This is the best example of the Karoq that we’ve seen so far; it has a compact footprint when compared to its VW Group cousin the Volkswagen Tiguan. The standard equipment includes many items that would be options on the Tiguan, and there are plenty of options available for those that want to go further.
Since its release in mid 2018, the Karoq was available as a single 110TSI six speed manual front wheel drive variant. The six speed manual is no longer available in Australia, and we only have a seven speed DSG transmission on sale here. However, this gearbox works extremely well, and the extra kit fitted as standard may placate those pining for a manual variant.
The 2019 Skoda Karoq 110TSI has plenty of equipment fitted as standard, such as: adaptive cruise control, keyless entry with push button starting, an 8” infotainment screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, 7 airbags, dual zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, LED ambient cabin lighting, an 8 speaker sound system, automatic headlights and wipers, a 3 spoke multifunction steering wheel, an electric parking brake, and rear view camera with built in parking sensors. By any metric, that’s a lot of kit for the money and the safety features ensure that the Karoq has a five star ANCAP safety rating.
Out on the Road
The road performance is decent thanks to plenty of low down torque, and 0-100km/h takes around 8.6 seconds which is decent for a medium SUV. The automatic DSG transmission handles the power seamlessly, the steering and handling is direct and light making the Karoq easy to navigate through busy traffic and park. The overall feel is at the upmarket end of the medium SUV segment, but as one might expect it doesn’t meet the high standards set by its larger sibling the Kodiaq.