The Skoda Karoq Is Essentially Like A Kodiaq… But Miniaturised

It rivals the likes of the Jeep Compass and the upcoming Hyundai Tucson facelift in India


  • It is offered in a sole fully loaded variant brought via the completely built-up unit (CBU) route.
  • It takes many features from the Kodiaq SUV on the outside and inside.
  • Powering the SUV is a 1.5-litre TSI petrol mill, producing 150PS/250Nm.
  • Unlikely to get a diesel engine anytime soon.

After making its debut at Auto Expo 2020, Skoda India has now officially launched the Karoq SUV at a price tag of Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Karoq is Skoda’s candidate in the premium mid-size SUV segment, sitting below the flagship Kodiaq SUV in the carmaker’s lineup. It is offered in a single unit and has been brought to India as a completely built up unit. 


In terms of design, the Karoq looks like a miniaturised Kodiaq SUV with similar exterior bits. Highlights include a traditional Skoda butterfly grille with LED headlamps, 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and slick ‘C’ shaped LED tail lamps.

Head inside,and the Karoq mimics the Kodiaq when it comes to the steering wheel, 8-inch infotainment system and climate control knobs. It is offered in a sole fully loaded variant with features like, a digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, cruise control, powered front seats, auto headlamps and auto wipers. It doesn’t compromise on safety with bits like 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, as well as electronic stability program.


Under the hood, the Karoq is powered by a sole 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. It puts out 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque, coupled with a 7-speed DSG transmission. All this gives the Karoq a 0-100kmph sprint time of 9 seconds and a top speed of 202kmph. The engine also features some technical wizardry, like the active cylinder technology that shuts off two cylinders for better fuel economy during minimal load conditionsFuel economy is claimed at 16.95 kmpl (WLTP). Don’t expect a diesel Karoq anytime soon as Skoda Auto Volkswagen India plans on going the petrol-only way in the BS6 era. 

It is available in six colour options: Candy White, Magnetic Brown, Lava Blue, Magic Black, Brilliant Silver, and Quartz Grey. Considering its price tag, the Skoda Karoq will face stiff competition in the Indian market from the likes of the Jeep Compass and the upcoming Hyundai Tucson facelift.


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