Skoda Karoq Ireland Front

The 2018 Skoda Karoq Launches Into Ireland

The Skoda Yeti was ever so popular in Ireland since its launch back in 2009. Although it wasn’t to my taste, they sold a mere 479 Yetis within the first year. For some reason, Skoda Ireland have decided to replace the popular, quirky Yeti with the Karoq. Now that the 2018 Skoda Karoq has been launched in Ireland, I gave it a quick blast to see what it’s like.

Skoda Karoq Ireland

In terms of looks, it’s nothing out of this world unlike the Yeti. Frankly, it looks like a downsized Skoda Kodiaq. However, this is no bad thing. The Karoq’s bubbly body replaces that of the Yeti’s square and boxy one. It’s wider and 160mm longer than the Yeti translating to more cabin space inside – 40mm more elbow room to be exact! In terms of the boot, it measures in at 521 litres, 105 litres more than the Yeti. Although, if you take advantage of Skoda’s VarioFlex seats this can be upped to 1,810 litres. The VarioFlex rear seats option is new to Skoda and means you can fold the seats in a convenient manner or completely remove them from the car.

Skoda Karoq Ireland Boot

As for the mechanics, the Skoda Karoq will be available from launch with four engines – two diesel and two petrol. The Karoq will get Volkswagen’s new 1.5TSI (150hp) and the popular 1.0TSI (115hp). The diesel options are the 1.6TDI (115hp) and the 2.0TDI (150hp), which I drove at the launch. Each engine can be had with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic. If you opt for the 2.0TDI, it can be had with 4×4 only.

Skoda Karoq Ireland Interior 2

From the brief drive I had in it, the 2.0TDI 4×4 felt very sure footed on the road. One of things I disliked about the Yeti was that it didn’t feel confident on road and felt vague to drive. The Karoq, however, feels well rounded. The steering was light when you wanted it to be but precise in the corners of the backroads of Co. Meath. The 2.0TDI wasn’t loud on the motorway but there was some wind noise coming from around the wing mirrors. DSGs can be a hit and miss, I find. However, the Karoq’s 7-speed shifted smoothly and efficiently.

Skoda Karoq Ireland Side

As for the price; the 2018 Skoda Karoq starts at €27,715 due to Skoda getting rid of the lowest trim level. This is a good thing though because you are getting a lot of standard equipment on the Ambition trim. Coming as standard are 17-inch alloys, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Skoda Connect, rear parking sensors and Climatronic air conditioning. If this isn’t enough, jump up to the Style trim for an extra €2,600 and get a 9.2-inch infotainment system, sat nav, rear view camera and 18-inch alloys. Although, it will be interesting to see how many people will just opt for the Karoq’s bigger brother, the Skoda Kodiaq, seeing as it is just an extra €1,080 for it in Active trim level.

Skoda Karoq Ireland Rear

Can it win over Irish buyers from the likes of the 2018 Nissan Qashqai? Keep an eye on the site for a more in depth review of the Karoq in the coming months. Until then, you can read some other Skoda reviews on the site here; Skoda Car Review Ireland.

Skoda Karoq Ireland Front

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