New Škoda Karoq: Refreshed SUV continues to drive brand success

Date Posted 2nd December 2021
Read Time 8 min read

It’s been four years since Czech car manufacturer Škoda launched its second SUV model, the Karoq, which has proved to be a big hit in the market. With over half a million units sold, the Karoq is key to the brand’s future success. Keeping the range updated for a fast-paced industry has led to the new Škoda Karoq which comes with a fresher design, sustainable materials, and optimised aerodynamics along with state-of-the-art assistance systems and infotainment features. The refreshed SUV aims to continue Škoda’s triumphs and we’ve got all the need-to-know details here…

New Škoda Karoq: Two trim levels and SportLine variant

The revamped SUV now offers two trims: Drive and SE L as well as a SportLine variant. This model has a Black pack as standard, with gloss black roof rails and window frames (more on that below).

Škoda Karoq SE Drive: The standard SE Drive is 4,390 mm long and 1,841 mm wide. The front-wheel-drive features a wheelbase of 2,638 mm while the wheelbase of the all-wheel-drive measures 2,630 mm. The boot capacity is the same as in the previous model: 521 litres with the seats in their default position and 1,630 litres when folded down.

With the option of VarioFlex seats, the boot can hold 588 litres, or 1,605 litres with the rear seats folded down. Alternatively, you can remove the rear seats and you’ll be left with 1,810 litres of space.

This spec can be ordered with a ‘Unique Chrome’ trim on the instrument panel. The door panels now bear an Anodized Cross Line. From the SE Drive trim level upwards, the Virtual Cockpit is available with a 10.25-inch display. This offers five basic layouts and can be configured individually.

Škoda Karoq SE L: The redesigned rear of the Škoda Karoq models from SE L upwards is now adorned with an extended, body-coloured spoiler, which makes the vehicle look longer when viewed from the side. Together with side finlets, as seen in aircraft construction, the spoiler reduces air turbulence at the rear, improving the car’s aerodynamics and lowering its CO2 emissions. The restyled rear apron is finished in body colour below the loading sill and the robust black plastic rear diffuser bears a striking sculptured shape.

In addition to new decorative trims and upholstery, the revised Škoda Karoq offers increased passenger comfort. From the SE L spec upwards, electric adjustment including a memory function is available for the first time as an option for the front passenger seat.

The built-in memory function saves personal settings and restores them at the touch of a button. Electrically adjustable lumbar support is also an option, allowing the front seats to be adapted to suit driver and passenger preferences. The VarioFlex system is also available on request. This allows the three rows of seats to be divided in a ratio of 40:20:40.

Škoda Karoq SportLine: This dynamic top-of-the-range model is available with any of the engines in the range bar the 1.0 TSI. The most powerful engine is exclusively reserved for this Karoq variant. The 2.0 TSI petrol engine delivers 140 kW (190 PS), which is transferred to all four wheels via a 7-speed DSG as standard. Visually, the Karoq SportLine can be identified by numerous black design features, and the interior is also dominated by black sports styling.

The black design features include the gloss black Škoda grille, which provides a stunning contrast to the body-coloured front apron. The Black pack, sporting gloss black window frames and roof rails, is part of the standard equipment. Additional black design details include the rear diffuser on the body-coloured rear apron, the wing mirror caps and the 18‑inch Procyon alloy wheels.

The interior is characterised by black sports styling, with Piano Black decorative strips on the instrument panel and a carbon-fibre-effect decor on the doors. The roof lining is also black, as are the breathable ThermoFlux covers of the sports seats with integrated headrests. The leather gearstick features silver contrasting stitching. The three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel has a SportLine badge and the front door sill trims bear Karoq lettering. The LED ambient lighting is a standard feature in the sporty model and now also illuminates the rear door panels in one of the ten colour options.

New Škoda Karoq: Striking exterior design

More elongated and more aerodynamic, the updated Karoq is characterised by the refined Škoda SUV shape. As with other models by the Czech brand, it now sports a wider, hexagonal grille, which – together with the new front apron – makes the Karoq look more rugged.

The headlights are slimmer, as are the taillights. They’re housed in a four-light cluster design, now also available with full-LED Matrix technology. The car’s drag is reduced more than nine percent to a coefficient 0.30. This is thanks to a longer rear spoiler, a front apron with air curtains, aerodynamically optimised fuel tank undertrays and new alloy wheels with a diameter of 17, 18 or 19 inches. This makes the Karoq one of the most aerodynamic cars in its segment.

There is a choice of nine body colours for the updated Škoda Karoq, with the two metallic paint finishes Phoenix Orange and Graphite Grey making their debut in the range. Aerodynamics are improved by three new alloys: two of which – Scutus (17 inch) and optional Sagittarius (19 inch) – feature black plastic Aero trim that reduces air turbulence. The 18-inch Miram alloy is also aerodynamically optimised. The SE L trim level comes with the Scutus design as standard, while the Miram and Sagittarius Aero wheels are optional.

New Škoda Karoq: Sustainable, comfy interiors

The interior of the updated Karoq is even more sustainable and comfortable. The new, optional Eco pack includes seat covers made of vegan and recycled materials. While the enhanced LED ambient lighting and new decorative strips on the instrument panel and door trims create new visual highlights. As an option, the front passenger seat can now also be adjusted electrically.

With the Eco pack, Škoda is offering a particularly sustainable specification for the revised Karoq: the seat covers include details that are made of vegan, leather-like materials. And the trim-specific armrests are made of Suedia (microsuede) – exclusively in Mocha Brown. The Nisha decorative trim on the doors features a soft surface, complementing the enhanced LED ambient lighting, which now illuminates the front as well as the rear door panels in one of ten colour options and the footwell in white. On request, this is also available as a stand-alone feature separate from the Eco pack.

New Škoda Karoq: Powertrain options

The revised Škoda Karoq comes with a choice of five advanced and efficient EVO-generation engines from Volkswagen Group. They deliver an output from 81 kW (110 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS). The current generation of Skoda’s modern EVO engines makes the cars more efficient while reducing their CO2 and NOx emissions.

With an injection pressure of up to 350 bar, the three TSI petrol engines are particularly efficient. The nitrogen oxides (Nox) emitted by the two diesels are significantly below the standards stipulated thanks to the ‘twin dosing’ exhaust gas treatment. Škoda offers the 2.0 TSI engine with an output of 140 kW (190 PS) exclusively in the Karoq SportLine in combination with 7-speed DSG and all-wheel drive. For the more powerful diesel, 4×4 and 7-speed DSG are available as options.

New Škoda Karoq: Tech and connectivity

The overhauled SUV is equipped with systems from Volkswagen Group’s third-generation modular infotainment matrix and is always online thanks to a built-in eSIM. Infotainment apps provide weather forecasts and the latest news and include calendar management. Every new Škoda Karoq comes with digital instruments: the 8-inch display is standard or there’s the option of a customisable 10.25-inch screen in higher trims.

The Karoq provides access to a wide range of Škoda Connect mobile online services. The infotainment online services, for example, enable remote access to the vehicle via the MyŠkoda app. This allows the driver to lock and unlock their Karoq via a smartphone, display the car’s location on a map or activate the Honk & Flash function to make it easier to find the vehicle in a large car park. Smartphones can be paired with the car using Wireless SmartLink technology, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and can also be inductively charged when placed in the optional Phone Box.

New Škoda Karoq: Safety features

Improved assistance and safety systems as well as up to nine airbags ensure the best possible protection for all occupants in the Škoda Karoq. Travel Assist incorporates five to eight assistance systems, including Predictive Cruise Control, Adaptive Lane Assist and an improved version of Traffic Sign Recognition. The optional Crew Protect Assist system reacts to impending collisions to prevent an accident or minimise the severity of its consequences.

If the vehicle sensors – now also at the rear – detect an imminent collision or register sudden braking, the system automatically closes any open windows and, if necessary, the panoramic roof. It then activates the hazard lights and pre-tensions the front seat belts. Following a collision, the Multi-Collision Brake prevents the vehicle from uncontrollably rolling any further.

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