What is it?
This Skoda Karoq is a diesel, so whereas it was the one you’d go for in the Yeti (this SUV's predecessor), it’s now one of the lesser-chosen options. Skoda predicts that this entry-level 1.6-litre will account for around 10% of sales in the UK.
Sales are the pull here for Skoda, too: around a third of all new cars registered this year will be SUVs, and having launched two in the past year, with another on the way, it’s safe to say that the Czech manufacturer is taking them very seriously. It'll be among the brand's top three models when sales and production are fully up to speed, say company bosses.
As mentioned, the Karoq replaces the Yeti, the cult classic status of which came to the fore since the model’s discontinuation. So like it or not, the Karoq is what we’ve got. Fortunately it’s more than a worthy replacement, if not quite as big on character.