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Skoda Karoq vs Volkswagen T-ROC vs Jeep Compass: Specification Comparison


The Karoq is Skoda’s second attempt in the premium midsize SUV segment after the immensely capable yet overshadowed Yeti. How does it fare when pitched against its rivals?

 

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Skoda India has launched the Karoq at Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Karoq is Skoda’s second attempt in the premium midsize SUV segment after the immensely capable yet overshadowed Yeti. In fact, it is the spiritual successor of the Yeti. It’s brought to India as a completely built unit (CBU) and locks horns with the recently launched Volkswagen T-ROC and Jeep Compass. How do their specifications match up? Let’s find out.

Dimensions:

 

Skoda Karoq

Volkswagen T-ROC

Jeep Compass

Length (mm)

4382mm

4234mm

4395mm

Width (mm)

1841mm

1819mm

1818mm

Height (mm)

1606mm

1573mm

1640mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2638mm

2590mm

2636mm

Boot Space (Litres)

521 litres

445 litres

408 litres

 

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The Skoda Karoq is the widest SUV in this test and has the longest wheelbase. It falls short on overall length and height when compared to the Jeep Compass. Meanwhile, the VW T-ROC is the smallest SUV in this bunch. In terms of boot space, the Karoq has the largest followed by the T-ROC and the Compass. 

Features:

 

Skoda Karoq

Volkswagen T-ROC

Jeep Compass

Headlamps

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

Bi-Xenon with Halogen DRLs

Infotainment

8.0-inch

8.0-inch

8.4-inch

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual-zone Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes (AT Variants Only)

Panoramic Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyless Entry

Yes

Yes

Yes

Push-button Start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rain-sensing Wipers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto-dimming IRVM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Powered Front Seats

Yes

No

Yes

Digital Driver’s Display

Yes

Yes

No

Ambient lighting

Yes

No

No

All three models have an identical feature list to please you. They come with a touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start, auto headlamps and wipers, and an auto-dimming interior rear view mirror.  

The Karoq is the best equipped here, with premium features like powered front seats and ambient lighting, which the T-ROC and Compass, respectively, lack.

Safety Features:

 

Skoda Karoq

Volkswagen T-ROC

Jeep Compass

Airbags

9

6

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parking Sensors

Front and Rear

Front and Rear

Rear only

Parking Camera

Rearview Camera

Rearview camera

Rearview camera

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electric Parking Brake

Yes

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

Yes

No

Driver Fatigue Monitor

Yes

No

No

 

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All three models here come with six airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, a rear view camera, electric parking brake, ISOFIX child mounts and as electronic stability control. The Karoq and the T-ROC also come with a tyre pressure monitoring system. Meanwhile, the Skoda goes an extra hog and packs in three more airbags and a driver fatigue monitor. 

Engine Options:

 

Skoda Karoq

Volkswagen T-ROC

Jeep Compass

Engine

1.5-litre TSI

1.5-litre TSI

1.4-litre Turbo

Power (PS)

150PS

150PS

163PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

250Nm

250Nm

Transmission Option

7-speed DSG

7-speed DSG

7-speed DCT

Fuel Efficiency (Claimed)

16.95kmpl

NA

14.1kmpl

The Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-ROC come with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that develops 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. This powertrain comes with active cylinder technology, shutting down two cylinders during low loads for improved fuel economy. While it may be loaded with tech, VW’s 1.5-litre TSI motor is 13PS down when compared to the Jeep’s unit. However, it develops an identical 250Nm torque.  

The Karoq has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 16.95kmpl, 2.85kmpl more than the Jeep Compass. Volkswagen is yet to reveal the official fuel efficiency figures for the T-ROC.  

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The Skoda Karoq and VW T-ROC can be had with a 7-speed DSG only. On the other hand, the Compass’ base variant is offered with a 6-speed manual while top-spec variants utilise a 7-speed DCT. The Compass also packs in a 170PS 2.0-litre diesel engine, an option which its European rivals lack. 

Prices and Verdict:

 

Skoda Karoq

Volkswagen T-ROC

Jeep Compass 

Prices (ex-showroom India)

Rs 24.99 lakh

Rs 19.99 lakh

Rs 16.49 lakh to Rs 21.92 lakh (Petrol variants only)

 

At Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom), the Karoq does seem like a pricey affair, especially when considering that the Volkswagen T-ROC and the top-spec Jeep Compass petrol is cheaper by around Rs 4 lakh. Both models also come loaded with a raft of equipment to satisfy customers and the Jeep also has an added advantage of a diesel engine. That said, the Karoq with its premium design elements, luxurious creature comforts and long list of safety features could catch those buyers who are looking for a premium midsize SUV with an extra dose of luxury.

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