Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
With a list price of $29,990 for the manual version (or $32,990 drive-away) and $32,290 for the dual-clutch automatic (or $35,290 drive-away), the Skoda Karoq is playing at the base level for a mid-size SUV.
Most competitors start around the same level, although the Korean and Japanese makers tend to have automatic models below thirty grand. So it’s not as cheap as some of its competitors.
But it is quite well kitted out, with a lot of standard equipment including an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, USB input (only one, though…), Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an eight-speaker sound system, dual zone climate control air conditioning, keyless entry and push-button start, and adaptive cruise control.
It also has 17-inch wheels as standard, plus roof rails, LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights, auto headlights and wipers, and in addition to the rear camera, there are rear parking sensors with auto-stop (to avoid back-up bumps).
Inside there are cloth seats, a leather-lined steering wheel and gear selector, a reversible floor mat (carpet on one side, rubber on the other - great for wet or muddy clothes). Plus there are standard tablet holders for rear seat occupants that buckle on to the front headrests.
The safety story is pretty strong for the new Karoq, too - read the safety section below for more details.
Still not enough gear? You can option different packs on the Karoq to boost the equipment levels even further.
The first is the 'Premium Pack' ($3600), which adds full LED headlights, leather seat trim, front parking sensors, an electric tailgate, stainless steel pedals and 18-inch wheels.
The next is the 'Tech Pack' ($3200), which makes the tailgate handsfree operable, plus includes a drive mode selection system and personalised keys (three), upgrades the media screen to a 9.2-inch system with navigation and 10 years of map updates, and also adds DAB+ digital radio, a Canton premium 10-speaker stereo system, semi-autonomous parking, and wireless phone charging.
The 'Travel Pack' ($1700) adds lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment with memory settings, and auto dimming side mirrors with auto folding and memory settings.
And if you want all of that stuff in one pack, you could consider the 'Launch Pack', which adds $8900 to the price and includes everything except the Canton sound system, but also adds a three years of servicing. More on that below.
Oh, and as for colours? There are nine choices. Three are no-cost options - Candy White, Steel Grey and Energy Blue - while the six remaining choices all add a little more asking price: Moon White Metallic, Emerald Green, Magic Black, Quartz Grey and Brilliant Silver will set you back $700, while Velvet Red is $1000.