Two SUVs with a very good score —

The face lift in Skoda Karoq it’s essentially limited to the wider grille, which is now hexagonal with twin vertical ribs and new light units that are narrower at the front and smaller at the rear.


Precision work on the air intakes and the reduced roof spoiler very good drag coefficient of only 0.30. That’s all.


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The Hyundai Tucson It still has an imposing look and an almost aggressive silhouette, very dynamic. And what about the points that refer to the practical part?

The hyundai constantly convert your eleven centimeters taller for the benefit of space. Both front and rear, it provides that extra touch of air that makes customers even more relaxed.

In the Skoda too you are relievedbut there is noticeably less freedom of movement in the rear, especially for long legs, despite the longitudinal sliding bench seat.

However, it will be a good investment the next time you move, as the Skoda’s boot, although it has no double floor and there is still a step with the seats folded down, swallows up 1,810 liters; The Tucson is flatter in the back, but must “make do” with 1,725 ​​liters.

These products are ideal if you think you are having trouble passing the ITV of your car or motorcycle.

In the first row, the Korean offers a little more space, but the seats are a little more sparse in lateral support. In the Czech one settles down more comfortably, the front seats are more generous and firmer, offering better support.

At first glance, ambo cockpits they look modern: digital instruments, large touch screen in the middle. Exposed materials convey quality in both cars, but are noticeably simpler in the lower areas.

Skoda still relies on manual rotary controls for the climate, with voice control you can only select navigation destinations or radio stations.

The tactile principle strictly governs the cockpit of the Tucson, which is not always an advantage. The Hyundai is a bit more confusing as it has a plethora of buttons on the steering wheel, plus smartphones can only be paired when the car is stationary and the instrument cluster navigation screen is limited to arrows .

Bonus for the Karoq: a large zoomable map on its instrumentation screen, and the possibility of synchronizing your smartphone wirelessly while driving.

Drivers and behavior

The well known and popular 2.0 TDI it also offers convincing performance in the Karoq. Admittedly, like the Tucson, it does sound a little “cab-like”, especially when it’s cold, but otherwise there’s not much to complain about.

The 150 hp provide more than correct performance, and a big advantage over the Hyundai, which has 14 hp less. With its 1.6 liters it’s tighter and it can’t keep up, especially on the highway, and even when it has a 48-Volt Mild Hybrid Systemconsumes 0.4 liters more than Czech.

Both are very comfortable in everyday use thanks to the seven-speed dual clutch and all-wheel drive, and with careful ESP tuning so that neither exceeds its limits,

Under braking, the Tucson stops 1.6 meters earlier from 100 km/h with cold discs, a difference that is reduced to half a meter if they are hot. In return, the Skoda knows how to implement the direction corrections in a more restrictive and reactive way.

Regarding secondary roads that have not been patched for a long time, both SUVs Refined compacts with adaptive chassis reveal a pleasantly soft basic attitude.

However, Skoda’s supple suspension swallows nasty road mistakes even better, but with noticeably more noticeable body movements.

Factors to decide on the purchase

2nd place: Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 48V 4WD. Beneath the exciting shell hides a solid compact SUV. But it’s slower and more expensive than the Skoda.

1st place: Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 4×4. The facelift brings some adjustments, the Karoq still convinces with a good space concept and a great drive.

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