With the new Škoda Karoq Scout, Škoda is expanding the successful compact SUV’s model portfolio by adding a variant with even more off-road potential. Plastic elements protect the elegant body all around both when travelling in the city and on rougher terrain. The all-wheel drive and Rough-Road package as standard also make the Škoda Karoq Scout perfectly equipped for off-road use.
Since 2017, the Škoda Karoq SUV has combined impressively compact dimensions with the Škoda-typical large amount of space for the occupants. The boot capacity can be increased from 479 to 1,810 litres as needed. The new Škoda Karoq Scout is now expanding the compact SUV’s great utility: with all-wheel drive as standard and protective plastic elements, it is the ideal companion for driving on rougher terrain now more than ever. With its numerous variants ranging from the dynamic, new SPORTLINE to the rugged Scout, the Škoda Karoq perfectly fulfils the requirements of a wide range of customer groups – from young families to outdoor enthusiasts – both on and off the road.
The choice of engines for the Škoda Karoq Scout includes one petrol and two diesel engines, all of which are coupled with all-wheel drive. Striking silver body sections at the front, rear and sides as well as the 18-inch polished Braga alloy wheels in anthracite emphasise the rugged appearance. In the interior, the multifunction leather steering wheel and the optional virtual cockpit are immediately eye-catching. The LED package with ambient lighting allows the atmosphere in the interior to be customised. The optional SmartLink+ technology provides comprehensive connectivity options in the Škoda Karoq Scout. The system allows Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink™ and SmartGate to be integrated into the car. Škoda Media Command allows the infotainment system’s functions to be controlled on up to two connected tablets. The Škoda Connect mobile online services consist of Infotainment Online and Care Connect as well as Emergency Call.
Three engines with plenty of torque, plus all-wheel drive as standard
As you would expect from a Scout model, the three engines available for the Škoda Karoq Scout are all coupled with all-wheel drive. Depending on the surface conditions, this fifth-generation intelligent all-wheel drive distributes power to individual wheels variably, thereby providing traction even on unsealed roads and additional safety on slippery terrain. Several sensors (e.g. for wheel speed, steering angle, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, accelerator pedal position, engine speed) continuously evaluate the current driving situation, while the all-wheel-drive electronics take all of the incoming parameters into account. When travelling at a steady speed, it is predominantly the front axle that is driven, which reduces fuel consumption. The Rough Road package including underbody protection for the engine and to protect against stone chippings makes driving on rougher terrain even easier.
All of the efficient and environmentally friendly engines fulfil the Euro 6d-TEMP standards. The 110 kW 1.5 TSI petrol engine (150 PS) is the entry-level variant and comes with a 7-speed DSG and a petrol particulate filter as standard. In addition, there are two diesel engines which both come with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection as well as a diesel particulate filter. The 110-kW 2.0 TDI engine (150 PS) transfers maximum torque of 340 Nm to the wheels via a manual 6-speed transmission – which comes as standard – or an optional 7-speed DSG. The most powerful Škoda Karoq Scout is powered by a 140-kW 2.0 TDI engine (190 PS). For this version the 7-speed DSG comes as standard.
The Sound Generator function, which provides occupants with an impressive and more unique note, is newly available for the Škoda Karoq Scout with the 140-kW 2.0 TDI engine. The Sound Generator function is exclusively available with Driving Mode Select and is therefore part of the Škoda Karoq Scout’s standard equipment.
Rugged appearance with silver and chrome accents
The Škoda Karoq Scout’s rugged character is apparent at first glance. Beneath the wheel arches’ distinctive moulding, the car sits on the anthracite-coloured and polished, 18-inch Braga alloy wheels as standard. The Crater 19-inch alloy wheels in metallic anthracite are available as an option. Whilst chrome strips surround the radiator grille and side windows, silver dominates for other elements. The front bumper’s underbody protection, the rear diffuser including the exhaust system’s tailpipes, the wing mirror housings and the roof rails all come in this colour; the side sills combine silver and black. Tinted windows (Sunset) and Scout badges on the front wings round off the distinctive appearance of the model variants.
A decorative Scout logo can also be found in the interior on the instrument panel with Piano Black decor, whilst the door sills feature Karoq logos. The Ash Brown decorative strips in the door trims have a dark ash wood effect; Dark Brushed decorative strips are also available as an option. The seats have new covers featuring black/brown contrasting stitching as well as an embroidered Scout signature (excludes the optional VarioFlex seats). Contrasting stitching also decorates the centre armrest. The multifunction steering wheel has a leather cover; the pedals are decorated with stainless steel. An LED package with ambient lighting rounds off the range of comfort features in the interior of the Škoda Karoq Scout.
Virtual cockpit as an option and a comprehensive range of optional extras
When the car is equipped with the optional virtual cockpit, the driver can adjust how the instruments are displayed to suit their preferences. Driving Mode Select features an additional Off-Road setting for rougher terrain. The driver can use various display modes for this configuration.
The optional SmartLink+ technology provides comprehensive connectivity options in the Škoda Karoq Scout. The system allows Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink™ and SmartGate to be integrated into the car. Škoda Media Command allows the infotainment system’s functions to be controlled on up to two connected tablets.
The Škoda Connect mobile online services consist of Infotainment Online, Care Connect and Emergency Call. Infotainment Online services include, for example, Online Traffic Information, and the Care Connect services include the Proactive Service function. If necessary, Proactive Service establishes a connection to customer care or a garage. The Emergency Call can be made manually; however, it will automatically call for assistance when the airbags or belt tensioners have been deployed. Using a Bluetooth interface, digital devices can be paired with the vehicle, and mobile phones can be charged wirelessly in a Phonebox if necessary.
The Škoda Karoq Scout comes equipped with the KESSY keyless entry system as standard. This allows the optional electric tailgate including tip-to-close function to be used. The tailgate opens and closes at the push of a button or when it is lightly pulled; if desired, it can be opened with just a slight foot movement on a virtual pedal below the rear bumper. The Light and Rain Assist function supports the driver when it starts to get dark or in bad weather by automatically turning on the dipped beam.
The Škoda Karoq Scout, of course, also offers numerous Škoda-typical Simply Clever features. These include a retractable roll-up cover attachable to the tailgate (only in combination with Varioflex) and an adjustable false boot floor. The tablet holder in the rear improves the suitability for daily use, as does a driver’s storage box with a slot for car park tickets, coins or SD cards.