Skoda Karoq vs Skoda Yeti

Skoda Karoq vs Skoda Yeti
Skoda Karoq vs Skoda Yeti

The Karoq has a tough job on its hands, replacing the much-loved SUV

The Yeti was an abominable hit for Skoda, showing how producing an SUV that had a bit of character, and one that ploughed its own styling furrow, could reap big rewards over the years. But now it’s been retired, and the successor has some big boots to fill. Can the Karoq carry on the public’s love story with the Yeti?

You have to respect Skoda as it didn’t simply refresh the Yeti, it went back to basics. The Karoq looks more like the larger Kodiaq – perhaps there’s some family DNA that only works if your name starts with a ‘K’ and ends with a ‘q’.

You can have the Karoq with either petrol or diesel engines, everything from the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine to a 1.5-litre petrol unit. Diesels are either a 1.6-litre or a 2.0-litre although if you had to choose the smoothest option that offered the best blend of performance and economy, you’d probably choose the 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine.

The choice in transmissions is as before, with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed auto, but if you want the four-wheel drive to back up those SUV looks then you’ll need the 2.0-litre diesel engine.

The cabin is also Kodiaq influenced, which means a fairly minimalist dashboard which looks modern and sleek, but having the option of the digital display, the Configurable Instrument Panel, is very welcome. The effect is to make the Yeti’s replacement feel definitely more upmarket.

Depending on the spec, you can have an 8in or 9.2in touchscreen, again another jump up on the predecessor, and the system is quick and easy to use. Another advantage is the ability to mirror Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

One of the many neat qualities of the Yeti was the rear seating. The good news is that the Varioflex seats, which can recline, slide to and fro or come out completely, are also in the back of the Karoq. Take them out and you could get a washing machine in there easily, while even with them you have luggage space on a par with a VW Tiguan.

One area of difference with the Yeti is in price. The Yeti had an entry cost of £17,770 but the Karoq starts at £20,875. That also means, despite it having a similar spec, that it’s pricier than competitors like the Seat Ateca or Nissan Qashqai. However, the Karoq is more economical to run than the Yeti and should have competitive PCP and other finance deals.

For our money, the Karoq seems like a welcome replacement. It’s not another version of the Yeti, it’s a new vehicle in its own right, and all the better for it. This SUV market moves incredibly fast, and there’s no mileage to be had with sticking with what worked even a few years ago. The Karoq is bang up to date, and should take over where the Yeti left off.

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