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Hyundai Tucson vs. Skoda Karoq: compact SUV with diesel in the test

Freshly made up – and yet everyone is looking next door. The newly revised Skoda Karoq does not have it easy today. Because for the first comparison he has to run against the Hyundai Tucson. And when the two stand next to each other – sorry for Mladá Boleslav – we spontaneously think of a conservative and an arsonist. So purely optical.
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Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4

Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 4×4

RRP from EUR 37,730, savings of up to EUR 6,015

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 48V 4WD

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 48V 4WD

RRP from EUR 41,600, savings of up to EUR 5,867


The facelift on the Karoq is essentially limited to the wider radiator grille, which is now hexagonal in its basic form, with vertical double ribs and new light units that are narrower at the front and smaller overall at the rear. Fine work on the air intake and on the roof edge spoiler lower the cwvalue to 0.30. That’s it.
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi 48V 4WD

More space: The Tucson is eleven centimeters longer than its rival, translating this advantage into more space on all seats.

On the other hand, the still fresh Korean looks almost wild, looks much more confidently into the car world with a large grill and interestingly staged headlights. The looks so clearly belong to the Tucson, but what about the points?

In the Tucson, there’s more room for everyone

The Tucson consistently converts its eleven centimeters extra length into space advantage. Both at the front and at the back, it offers that touch more air that makes the guests smile even more relaxed. Although the atmosphere in the Karoq is by no means bad, there is noticeably less freedom of movement in the rear, especially for long legs – despite the longitudinally sliding bench seat.
However, it will prove to be a good investment the next time you move, because it can also be completely expanded. Although there is no double floor and there is always a step in the luggage compartment, it then swallows up to 1810 liters – the Tucson, which is flatter towards the rear, already reports full occupancy at 1725 liters. And we simply sit more comfortably in the Czech. The front cushions offer a firmer support and support better, at the back we enjoy 15 millimeters more seat height above the floor.
Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4

Transport talent: A maximum of 1810 liters fit behind the tailgate of the Karoq, while the Tucson has to fit at 1725 liters.

At first glance, the pilot is offered the usual modern cockpit: digital instruments, large touch monitor, no volume control. As always, the differences are in the details. The Hyundai is a little more confusing because it has an enormous number of buttons on the steering wheel and also controls the climate via touch. In addition, mobile phones can only be paired when the vehicle is stationary, and the navigation display in the instruments only uses arrows. The automatic air conditioning and seat heating/ventilation can also be changed by voice command – albeit rather roughly and not always at the first attempt.

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Four-cylinder, turbo, mild hybrid

Seven-speed dual clutch

Continental Premium Contact 6

4500/1865-2125**/1650mm

Seven-speed double clutch

4390/1841-2025**/1603mm


Skoda still relies on manual rotary controls for the climate, with “Okay Laura” you can only select navigation destinations or radio stations, statements like “I’m hungry” lead to a list of restaurants, as with the Hyundai. When navigating the Skoda shows clear advantages. A large, zoomable map guides you in the instrument display, and those who prefer to use their smartphone can connect it wirelessly (while driving).

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The well-known and popular 2.0 TDI also delivers a convincing performance in the Karoq. Yes, like the Tucson, it sounds a lot like a taxi, especially when cold, but otherwise there is little to complain about. The 150 hp ensure more than decent performance – and a huge lead over the 14 hp weaker Hyundai. With its 1.6 liter, it is more comfortable and cannot keep up, especially on the freeway, but despite the 48-volt mild hybrid, it consumes 0.4 liters more than the Czech.
Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4

The well-known 2.0 TDI works in the bow of the Karoq. He is satisfied with 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers – the Tucson needs 0.4 liters more.


You are more economical in the Skoda

Both radiate great composure in everyday life thanks to the seven-speed double clutch and all-wheel drive, and with careful ESP design, nothing can burn even in the limit area. When braking, the Tucson is half a class snappier, stands 1.6 meters earlier with cold discs and 0.5 meters earlier than the Karoq with a warm system. In return, the Skoda knows how to implement steering corrections more bindingly and with better feedback.

The Karoq springs softer

When it comes to secondary roads that have not been patched for a long time, the two compact SUVs that have been refined with adaptive chassis reveal a pleasantly soft attitude. However, the soft suspension of the Skoda swallows nasty road errors even more casually, albeit with clearly noticeable body movements.

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Two compact SUVs on test

The Koreans trust their Tucson for a full five years, Skoda its Karoq only two – why actually? Apart from that, Hyundai has no advantages here, the Czech Skoda is even cheaper when it comes to purchase and tax/insurance. Who needs bright makeup?

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