Cabin Soundproofing

Faults and Technical chat for the Skoda Karoq
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Post by fuzzypob » Mon Aug 16, 2021 12:37 pm

Hi all,

just traded in my Qashqai for a 1.6TDI SEL Karoq - Whilst it blows my previous car out of the park in pretty much all areas, the one thing I have noticed is the background rumble from the diesel engine is much more noticable in the Karoq cabin- I've previously had 1.5 TDI Yeti and a 2.0 TDI Tiguan, and don't remember them being as noisy in the cabin. It's not like there is an issue with the engine per se, it just seems to my ear that the soundproofing is not really doing the job - has anyone else noticed this ?

that issue aside (and it could just be me being over critical in the first few days of ownership) I'm in love with the car and happy to be back in team Skoda again :D

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Post by CJJE » Mon Aug 16, 2021 3:20 pm

Others have said there is less soundproofing on a Karoq than the Tiguan gets. Presumably VW's way of making sure Skoda isn't allowed to match VW's perceived quality? It's the same with the harder plastic door panels. But the main noise I notice in my TSI is tyre rumble rather than engine noise.

I think there are threads talking about adding sound proofing under the carpets and on boot panels etc, but it doesn't seem easy.

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Post by sanqhar » Mon Aug 16, 2021 4:14 pm

I posted this on the other Forum last December.

"Thought I'd raise this again. I recently contacted Noisekiller in Royton. They have a kit for the Karoq but haven't yet posted the fitting instructions on their website. They emailed them to me. Must admit I'm a bit daunted by the things you have to do.

5 and 5a Undo the carpet kick strips by the door and slide these pads under the front carpets. Item 5a goes under front seat
6 and 6a These slide under passenger front carpet 6 a under the seat
7 and 8 These fit alongside the side of the transmission tunnel 7 to drivers side
9 & 10 These pads fit under the rear foot well carpets
Pads Because of all the electrics in this area adhere these pads under the seat and on the upright of the frame"
Access under the carpet doesn't seem too difficult

11* & 12* These adhere to the rear wheel arches side and top drivers side
13* & 14* Adhere to the passenger side rear wheel arch and top
Pads 5 pads are included to fit on the rear wings"
No idea how to remove the trim to get access to the inside of the side panels. The spare wheel and under boot carpet fitting (not quoted) seems straightforward.

Adhere one pad to the outer skin of each door."

The last door card I removed was in the 1960s on my Ford Anglia. I'm a bit wary of going inside the Karoq doors to get to the outer skin what with electrics and windows etc."

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Post by Steve M » Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:28 pm


I too am concerned about the levels of tyre/road noise from Karoq (MY20) 2.0 TDI Edition. In all other respects I am well pleased with the car and enjoy driving it. It would be interesting to know if the problem is across the range and a criticism from the inception of the Karoq range.

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Post by fuzzypob » Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:52 am

Thanks for the responses - I guess the additional soundproofing may be the route to go although as you say it does look a bit of a faff - I guess for now I will live with it and see if it's something that bothers me less once the newness has worn off

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Post by Milfmog » Wed Aug 18, 2021 5:26 pm

Two suggestions for road noise:

1. Choose smaller wheels. Big fashionable tyres generate more noise
2. Turn the radio up.

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