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Skoda Karoq SUV - Reliability & safety

The Skoda Karoq is a recent model, but its shared parts should ensure excellent safety and reliability

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4.5 out of 5

The Karoq is built on the same underpinnings (referred to as MQB by the VW Group) as models like the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia and even the Audi TT sports coupe. So, despite the Karoq being a brand-new model, we can say with a degree of certainty that it should be reliable. As you’ll see, safety shouldn’t be a concern, either.

Skoda Karoq reliability

There's good news here because the Skoda Karoq came an impressive 15th out of the top 100 models ranked in our 2020 Driver Power survey, with a high score for reliability and build quality. That's despite 31.7% of owners telling us they experienced a fault with their Karoq in the first year; most of which were minor electrical issues. The Karoq uses mostly tried-and-tested engines featured in numerous models. We say mostly, because the 1.5-litre TSI is pretty new; still, it shares technology with the outgoing 1.4-litre and we’d be surprised if it had any issues.

Skoda as a brand performed strongly in our manufacturer survey, finishing in fifth place out of 30 brands, with 17.2% of owners reporting a fault in the first year of ownership.

Safety

The Skoda Karoq was tested by Euro NCAP in late 2017 and given five stars thanks to its excellent safety performance. Scoring 93% for adult and 79% for child occupant protection, the Karoq even marginally outperformed the larger Skoda Kodiaq (with 92% and 77%), but isn’t quite class-leading, with the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota C-HR both scoring 95% and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a stellar 97% in the adult occupant category.

All the usual safety features are fitted, along with standard autonomous emergency braking, one of the biggest safety game-changers of the last few years. The Edition trim also comes with extra safety features including lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts and traffic-sign recognition. Skoda's Side Assist blind-spot system was upgraded for 2020, increasing its range from 20 to 70 metres and making its warning indicators more prominent.

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