Bowen's Report Card
Skoda Karoq 140TSI Sportline 4×4 Review
- Premium feel
- Big coin
- Some tech an option
- Fuel Economy
Kodiaq, Kamiq and Karoq, Skoda can produce some pearlers when to comes to naming SUVs in its range. For this review I’m casting an eye over the Karoq 140TSI 4×4, another mid-sized SUV. One that I loved.
This is the range topping model, so it’s only natural it scores a lot more than the rest of the range. The Karoq 110TSI model has a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with outputs of 110kW/250Nm. If you think well bugger that then perhaps the 140TSI is more your go.
The vehicle showcased here is the 140TSI Sportline with 4×4. The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine belts out 140kW and 320NM. Drive is sent to all four wheels if needed via a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
I absolutely enjoyed driving this car, and that’s coming from someone who hates SUVs. The DSG is lightening quick, body control is remarkable and grip levels are beyond most people’s capabilities.
It’s the best mid-sized SUV I’ve driven in 2020.
Value for Money
At $39,990 before on-roads it does sound appealing at first. However, the as-tested Karoq here is priced from $47,790, due to the usual option packs. A $4100 Tech Pack grants you a 9.2-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10 speaker audio system and digital radio.
Then there’s the $2600 Travel Pack, which should just be standard. It includes adaptive damping, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and traffic jam assist. Many of these are autonomous drive assist programs that keep you and others safe.
Plus, the pack also adds the novelty of heated front and rear seats (outboard seats).
Fuel economy is claimed to be 6.9L/100km. Put aside me for a moment, how that’s possible in a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is beyond me.
The Karoq is covered by a 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
This thing eats corners for breakfast.
However the technology at play prevents you from ending up in orbit. 100km/h is done and dusted in just 7.3 seconds.
You’ll note in the video review I’ve passed comment on the engine note. It bloody sounds great! However it’s actually artificial, that is piped in the cabin via the sound system when in sports mode.
Just on sports mode, it really does a really good job of avoiding a rock hard ride. The dampening is firm enough to limit body roll when things get spirited.
The steering is meaty and direct, I have nothing more to add. It’s basically the perfectly tuned sporty SUV.
There is literally a comfort drive mode. It irons out ordinary roads remarkably well, even with the 19-inch rims. The seats are cloth but attractive, it’s a shame they can only be adjusted manually. Being an SUV should mean there’s more space than a traditional sedan or wagon. The Karoq has a 521L boot which is OK, but middle of the range.
What I Love
The Karoq encourages you to have a red hot go! It is in no way a bland, boring mid-sized SUV.
Bowen’s report card
I guess it’s pretty clear how highly I rate the Karoq 140TSI. There are some annoying extras that cost too much and the engine needs 95RON. Either way, I can’t complain about anything else. It’s an 84 out of 100 from me.