THE Abominable Snowman is gone, say hello to the Alaskan Bear.

Remarkably we are talking about cars, the new Skoda to be exact.

Those horrible Czechs have made their quirky, agile, cute little Yeti extinct.

It’s replaced by the Karoq compact SUV, named after an Alaskan Bear.

So immediately we’re not sure whether we like a Bear over an Abominable Snowman.

Unlike the Yeti, the Karoq has more conventional styling that slightly resembles its big brother Kodiaq in facial features. It’s aggressive and more macho which is no bad thing.

New Skoda Karoq

New Skoda Karoq

The new SUV is, however, smaller than the Kodiaq measuring 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm width, and 1,605 mm height.

Practicality seems to be at the rear of the new car which comes with a large 521-litre boot space which is expandable to 1,630-litres.

Each of the rear seats are separate and can be individually removed or completely taken out to create more room inside.

This then converts the car into a sort of minivan which boasts a maximum load capacity of 1,810-litres.

Karoq also offers a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems.

These include: Park Assist, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist and Emergency Assist.

There’s a full suite of Skoda five engine variants are available with the new SUV – two petrol and three diesel.

All can be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox to a seven-speed DSG.

New Skoda Karoq

New Skoda Karoq

If you want the full bells and whistles, gadgets and gizmos, the top of the range trim levels, Columbus and Amundsen, come with a Wi-Fi hotspot built in and an optional 4G LTE models is available on the former system.

The SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLinkTM, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing.

It will hit showrooms in early January 2018, prices starting from around £17,500.

This more ‘normal’ Karoq will have to grow on us, so long Yeti, we loved you a great deal.

Phil Lanning

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