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Fleet World Fleet: Škoda Karoq SE L 1.5-Litre TSI 150PS

John Challen’s final report on the Karoq compact SUV.

The Karoq has proved its competence as an everyday family car

Our time with the very competent Karoq has come to an end and the medium SUV departs the FW fleet with a pretty favourable report card. Firstly, there are the many little clever standard extras that other manufacturers don’t consider (although thankfully the in-built ice-scraper didn’t get any use) but actually make a big difference. Then there is the efficiency – the Karoq isn’t a huge car, but it was still more than ample for five to take a number of roadtrips in relative comfort. The boot is a decent size, there is lots of space around the driver and the infotainment system is a lot more useable than a lot of systems on the market.

I make no secret of the fact I’m a fan of the VW Group’s TSI petrol engine technology and the installation in KK68 HXF is a great fit. Enough power when you need it, without unnecessary noise or harshness coming through into the cabin. Yes, there are times when you feel you might need more, but that’s ignoring the point of what the car is meant to be.

As one Skoda departs, so another arrives as the Karoq gives way to its bigger brother, the Kodiaq. It promises to be an interesting comparison.

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