Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Skoda is but one piece of Volkswagen's plan for world domination, but the giant company is nothing if not strategic, and it shows in the smart pricing of the Karoq. Starting at $32,290, it seems suddenly very appealing when you tee it up against VW’s entry-level Tiguan, which kicks off north of $40k.
Things change when you start ticking boxes, of course, and that’s where the value of the Karoq gets tricky. Right now, there is only one variant; the Karoq 110 DSG. And all things considered, it’s reasonably well equipped right out of the box.
Standard is an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, adaptive cruise control, LED DRLs, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, reversing camera and rear parking sensors with auto-stop function (reverse AEB).
Oh, but wait. That’s not this car. No, our test car was considerably more expensive. The 19-inch alloys? They're $700. The luscious Velvet Red paint that I was a big fan of (until I saw the price…)? That's another $1000.
And then there’s the Launch Pack; a limited-edition super-pack which contains all the other packs and then some. That comes in at a whopping $8900, and includes leather upholstery, a 9.2-inch multimedia screen with digital radio (DAB+), full LED lighting array, lane-keep assist (LKAS), blind-spot monitoring (BSM), Auto Park Assist, 18-inch alloys, heated front seats, front parking sensors, three keys with personalisation profiles, automatic hands-free tailgate, premium audio system, auto-folding door mirrors and a Qi wireless phone charger.
You read that right - our car had $10,600 of extras. And yes, we got a lot of gear, but it's more than enough to justify another trim level of the Karoq.
If you were keeping count, the options bring the as tested price to $42,890. Solidly in contention with top-spec Asian SUVs and entry-level Tiguans, then. Precarious territory, although the impressive equipment level arguably justifies it. The most notable downside is the lack of all-wheel drive.