The new Skoda Karoq SUV is without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated new (affordable) cars to be launched this year and so it matters what sort of safety ratings it gets. The Karoq is, after all, a family utility vehicles designed to also work off road.
If you are planning to buy a Skoda Karoq, be at ease that the Czech car is about as safe as a car of this type can get right now. The gurus at Euro NCAP have put it through a battery of tests and awarded it with five stars which is the highest you can get. You would expect such a result, given that the Karoq has a rigid chassis and body thanks to its clever platform, and a series of high-end safety features, chief among which 9 airbags, three-point seat belts with belt tensioners and the ISOFIX system for attaching children’s seats, automatic door unlocking and activation of the warning hazard lights and interruption of the fuel supply in the event of a collision, the proactive occupant protection system Crew Protect Assist closes the windows and sunroof, and tensions the front seat belts.
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Top-end versions of the Skoda Karoq also benefit from high-tech systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Emergency Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.
“Euro NCAP is one of the most demanding safety tests. We are therefore proud to have achieved the best result,” says Christian Strube, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development. “The Karoq has a long list of innovative technologies and clever solutions on the board. We have increased the passive safety, despite the body shape itself making a major contribution to the safety. In addition, we have expanded the advanced assistance systems so that accidents can be avoided to an even greater extent.”