Skoda has launched some amazing cars in the Indian market. This year, Skoda decided to bring in the Kodiaq’s little brother – the Karoq, which came to our market as the replacement for the Yeti. So, naturally, it had to fill some pretty big shoes (pun intended).
The Yeti was a brilliant and super fun car to drive, but it didn’t have the features and space to make it a hit in our market. The Karoq, however, entered our market as a total all-round package. The Karoq gets a beautifully smooth engine, a top-notch interior, as well as decent space and comfort levels.
On the road, the Karoq offers a plush ride, thanks to its engine’s outstanding refinement levels, and extremely well-sorted road manners. Sure, the Karoq might be expensive, but it justifies its high price by fine levels of engineering and a luxurious interior.
And while it may seem like just another crossover, the Karoq actually offers tremendous performance to excite enthusiasts. The steering is direct, and the car handles very well. It also has a very capable chassis. At the BIC, it stayed firmly planted at all times, even when pushed hard.
Overall, the Karoq is a fantastic car. The only problem is that its overall design is not the most striking. And because of its high price tag, its appeal will remain limited. Yes, it is a high-end crossover, with phenomenal engineering, but the fact remains that there are a lot of cars out there that are cheaper and offer more in terms of features, space, and performance.
If it’s ultimate engineering and refinement that you’re after, look no further, but if it’s true value-for-money that you’re seeking you’ll have to wait for Skoda and VW’s made-in-India and made-for-India models that will come out in the second half of next year.