2018 Skoda karoq 2.0 tdi 4×4 driving report

The Skoda Karoq has established itself in the market. Last but not least, that’s what Skoda is known for, “simply clever” ideas that no other brand within the group offers. After the first test in the Karoq 1.5 TSI, it was time to hijack the 2.0 TDI all-wheel drive variant. And in the end the simple question arises, gasoline or diesel? Driving report.

Clever down to the last detail

The ice scraper in the tank lid, the small garbage can in the side compartment of the door – there are also rubber bands to fix larger objects, the center console with knobs for easy one-hand bottle opening, as well as the numerous nets, fastening options, hooks and the reversible mat in the trunk. In the special case of the Skoda Karoq there is also a feature that at first glance you don’t necessarily need as soon as you have it, but don’t want to be without it: the Varioflex seating system.

Skoda Karoq with the clever Vario-Flex seating system

The Karoq comes from the factory with a classic rear seat bench. This can also be exchanged for three individual seats and that at a moderate price of 390 euros. The special feature here is that the three individual seats are completely removable. This means that the Karoq with Varioflex adds another 200 liters of loading volume. The mechanism is not clumsy either, but just as clever and simple as the idea itself. But that alone is not enough for a Skoda, because by removing the middle seat, the two outer seats can be moved into the middle, giving you a spacious 4-seater.

Driving impression of the Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 4 × 4

The Karoq 2.0 TDI 4 × 4 as such has the special feature that its 150 PS (340 Nm) drive packs significantly more than the petrol engine. It can still pull exactly 2,000 kilograms without any problems and this does not pose an unsolvable task even when fully loaded thanks to the decent torque. In the case of the test car with 18 inch tires, it can even be moved exactly according to the standard consumption with 5.1 to 5.5 l / 100km.

In principle, the spring and damper rates are more comfortable. So placed a little softer on the road than the Seat Ateca, which is identical in construction. The question about the drive itself can still only be answered individually. Anyone who has a trailer or is looking for the torque and who often covers long distances will simply be happier with the 2.0 TDI. If the Skoda Karoq is only supposed to take a short distance and is used less as a towing machine and more as an everyday family transporter, you can confidently use the 150 hp petrol engine.

Video driving report Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 4 × 4

Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner