ŠKODA unveils the all-new Karoq SUV

ŠKODA has officially launched the new Karoq SUV. Due to hit dealerships in January 2018, the Karoq will start at £17,500 for the base model, with the range expected to include SportLine and Scout versions within a year plus hot vRS and plug-in hybrid models. The five-seater offers more interior boot and passenger space than the Yeti, and features the option of ŠKODA’s VarioFlex system which allows all three back seats to be moved individually to maximise rear capacity.

Infotainment comes with four different selections, starting with a 6.5-inch touchscreen including DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The top of the range model has a 9.2-inch display and includes a DVD/CD drive and 64GB of on-board memory. The Karoq is also the first ŠKODA to get the VW Group’s digital instrument panel, which offers drivers the ability to prioritise displayed data, including navigation instructions, a gear indicator and traffic sign information.

Under the bonnet, ŠKODA’s latest SUV model comes with five different engine types – two petrol and three diesels. The cleanest option is the base 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit with 114bhp that emits 117g/km of CO2, while the top of the diesel range is a 2.0-litre engine with 228bhp, with a claimed top speed of 131mph.

ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier said: “The ŠKODA Karoq is a completely newly designed SUV that sets new benchmarks for our brand and its segment in every way. “With this new SUV, we are taking the next logical step in our SUV strategy. “The Karoq impresses with its unique brand identity and a distinctive product identity and is introducing – alongside the typical ŠKODA strengths – the brand’s new, emotive design language into the compact SUV segment.”

ŠKODA KAROQ SPECIFICATIONS

Pricefrom £17,500
Engine1.6-litre diesel (mid-range)
TransmissionSeven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual
Emissions118g/km of CO2 (1.6-litre diesel)
Drive mode Front-drive (standard) or four-wheel drive
Boot capacity 521-litres (1,630-litres with rear seats down)
Infotainment6.5 to 9.2-inch touchscreen
Optional equipment DAB radio
Bluetooth
SmartLink+ for Android and Apple compatibility
Navigation
Wi-Fi
DVD/CD drive
64GB memory