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Skoda Karoq SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Skoda Karoq is affordable to run, even if it doesn’t beat the class leaders

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Small SUVs became popular thanks to their affordable running costs and the Karoq continues this trend. With two petrol engines offering plenty of power and the promise of low running costs and a low starting price, diesel isn’t necessarily the default option, either. Regardless of which engine you choose, the Karoq should cost little more to run than an equivalent hatchback, even though its economy figures aren’t class-leading.

Skoda Karoq MPG & CO2

The diminutive 1.0-litre TSI petrol can return from 39.8mpg to 44.8mpg and emits 142-161g/km of CO2, placing it in the higher BiK bands for business users. These figures aren’t quite as low as the Peugeot 3008, though. Upgrade to the 1.5-litre TSI petrol and despite being 50% larger, economy and emissions are virtually identical thanks to that engine's cylinder deactivation technology, which effectively switches off part of the engine when it isn't needed.

The 1.6-litre diesel with front-wheel drive returns up to 52.3mpg, with a slightly lower figure of 47.9mpg when the DSG automatic gearbox is fitted. CO2 emissions are 142-156g/km with the manual gearbox. These are decent figures for an SUV, but not class-leading. Upgrade to the more powerful 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine and it's a similar story to the petrol, with barely increased running costs, as long as you stick with front-wheel drive. Opt for Skoda's four-wheel drive system and fuel efficiency sinks to 39.8-43.5mpg.

A 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine can also be found on Skoda's price lists but it's likely to remain a rare choice in the UK, as it only manages 33.2mpg and its emissions of 192-199g/km place it in the highest BiK band, meaning it’s unlikely to appeal to company-car drivers.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Karoqs cost £150 a year to tax.

Insurance groups

The Karoq should be affordable to insure, with the entry-level petrol and diesel engines starting in insurance group 10. The 1.5-litre petrol finds itself in group 14, matching the 2.0-litre diesel. These are lower groups than the Qashqai, which starts in group 16, while the 3008 spans from groups 11-24.

Warranty

Skoda’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty is fairly standard and on par with Peugeot’s, but buying a Toyota, Renault, Hyundai or Kia will net you a longer period of cover, lasting for seven years in the case of the Kia Sportage.

Servicing

Skoda offers two types of servicing, depending on your driving habits. If you take lots of short journeys, the fixed servicing is best, requiring annual attention. Long-distance motorway drivers can benefit from a variable servicing schedule, where sensors in the car determine when a service is due, normally making them further apart. It’s also possible to pay for the first two services upfront, costing around £300.

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