New 2022 Skoda Karoq facelift arrives

The updated version of the Skoda Karoq SUV features efficiency improvements and an eco-friendly interior

  • Tweaked exterior design
  • Revised engine range
  • On sale in 2022

Skoda has pulled the covers off the facelifted version of the Skoda Karoq SUV. This midlife update for the family SUV delivers refreshed aerodynamic styling, a sustainable interior, more efficient engines and plenty of new technology. 

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Prices for the facelifted Karoq have not yet been announced but the new car is expected to be slightly more expensive than the outgoing model when it arrives in showrooms in 2022. The Skoda Karoq is in a highly competitive segment, with strong rivals in the shape of the Hyundai Tucson and the Nissan Qashqai, to name just two.

New 2022 Skoda Karoq: design 

The facelifted Skoda Karoq features a streamlined front end design with a new hexagonal grille, similar to that found on the recently updated Skoda Kodiaq. The new slimmer headlights are now available as LED Matrix versions as an option, which can shut off individual parts of the high beam so as not to dazzle oncoming drivers. The new car boasts a redesigned rear spoiler and can be had in two new metallic paint finishes. A selection of new aerodynamic alloy wheel designs range from 17-19 inches in size. 

Interior and technology

Buyers can now select an ‘eco’ option pack. This includes vegan-friendly fabrics for the interior, as well as trim made out of recycled materials.

To keep the Karoq up-to-date, Skoda has fitted the facelifted car with a host of new tech features. All specifications now come as standard with an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, with range-topping models boasting a larger, 10.25-inch display. Previous-generation Karoq owners will be familiar with the new car’s touchscreen infotainment system. Like before, this is available as either an eight-inch or 9.2-inch unit and features over-the-air updates and optional wireless phone charging. Interior upgrades continue with a new extended LED ambient lighting package and optional electric memory seats. 

Skoda has also overhauled the Karoq’s safety and driver assistance systems. All cars will now come as standard with autonomous emergency braking and collision warning systems. Two new optional safety packages are also available. Both feature traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance from the car in front. The top-spec pack also benefits from parking assistance, while a 360-degree camera is available at an additional cost.

When it goes on sale next year, the facelifted Karoq will be offered in three trim levels: SE Drive, SE L and SportLine.

Engines

Skoda has revised the engines available for the Karoq to improve their efficiency. The entry-level TSI 1.0-litre petrol engine produces 108bhp and is only offered with a manual gearbox. Higher-powered, 148bhp 1.5-litre and 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol engines are also available with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The latter also benefits from four-wheel-drive and is only available in top-of-the-range SportLine trim.

There’s only one diesel engine available: a 2.0-litre TDI with either 114 or 148bhp. The higher-powered version comes as standard with a DSG gearbox and four-wheel-drive.

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