Four years after its launch, the Škoda Karoq gets an update: the Czech carmaker has refreshed its second SUV model range to ensure its continued success. In addition to an even more refined design language, the update brings sustainable materials, new technology and more efficient engines from the current EVO generation to the compact SUV. Surpassed only by the Octavia, the Kodiaq’s smaller brother was the second most delivered Škoda model worldwide in 2020, as well as in the first six months of 2021.
A fresh design, improved aerodynamics and sustainable materials in the interior
The interior features new upholstery which, as an option, can be made from sustainable materials. New technology – such as full-LED Matrix headlights and an expanded range of assistance systems – also debuts in the range. Five efficient engines from Volkswagen Group’s EVO generation round off the Karoq ’s update. Two diesels and three petrol engines deliver power outputs ranging from 81 kW (110 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS). The 2.0 TSI producing 140 kW is reserved for the Karoq SportLine with all wheel drive. The 2.0 TDI with an output of 110 kW is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
Exterior: striking front profile and redesigned lights
More striking, more elongated and more aerodynamic: the updated Karoq is characterised by the refined Škoda SUV design language. As with other models by the Czech brand, it now sports a wider, hexagonal Škoda grille, which – together with the new front apron – makes the Karoq look more rugged. The headlights are slimmer, as are the tail lights, and feature a four-light cluster design, now also available with full-LED Matrix technology. 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 help to reduce the car’s drag by more than 9% to a coefficient (cd) of 0.30. This makes the Karoq one of the most aerodynamic cars in its segment.
New rear apron and razor-sharp LED tail lights
The redesigned rear of the Škoda Karoq SportLine and SE L models 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. The Škoda designers have remodelled the Karoq ’s tail lights too. They are now sharper and come with full-LED technology as standard. From the SE Drive trim level upwards, they feature dynamic indicators and an animated welcome effect. Škoda-typical design details include the crystalline structures and the brand’s signature C-shaped light cluster.
Interior: more sustainability and additional comfort
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.