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Brand New ŠKODA Karoq1.5 TSI SE Technology 5dr

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£203 per month+ VAT

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Adaptive cruise controlAmundsen sat nav system with 8" touch screen and integrated Wi-Fi and Phonebox with wireless charging
Driver alert systemDriver profile selection
Electro-mechanical PASFatigue detection system
Front and rear parking sensorsOutside temperature gauge
Service interval indicatorSmartLink with wireless phone charging
Speed limiterVoice control system

Entertainment

Bolero RadioDAB Digital radio
SD card slotUSB connection

Exterior Features

Aero wiper + intermittent functionAutomatic headlight control system
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpersElec heated + adjust door mirrors
Electric folding door mirrorsElectric front windows
Electric rear windows with child safety lockFront doors reflectors
Heated rear windowLED rear lights
Light assistant (coming home/tunnel light)Privacy glass

Interior Features

12V power point in luggage area12V socket in centre console
3 rear height adjustable headrests4 lashing points on luggage floor
60/40 split fold rear seat backBackrest release
Bottle holdersChrome inner door handles
Driver seat height adjustDriver's lumbar support
Dual zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and controlFolding grab handles with rear coat hooks
Folding tables on the front seat backrestsFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front seatback pocketsFront/rear reading lights
Height adjustable front head restraintsHeight adjustable passenger seat
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIlluminated air conditioned glovebox
Illuminated luggage compartmentIsofix system on outer rear seats
Luggage compartment coverPassenger lumbar support
Passenger side net compartment on centre consolePollen filter
Removable LED light in bootStorage box in dash
Sunglasses storageSunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Umbrella under front passenger seat 

Safety

3 point front/outer rear seatbelts+pre-tensioners3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABSAutomatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
Curtain airbagsDriver and passenger airbags
Driver and passenger side airbagsDrivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brakeESP including MBA, MSR, ASR, EDL, HBA
Front assist including city emergency brakingFuel supply cut off
Head airbagsHill hold control
Passenger airbag deactivate switchSeatbelt warning lamp
Two tone hornTyre pressure monitor

Security

Alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensorAnti-theft wheel bolts
Electronic immobiliserRemote central locking

Trim

Chrome air vent surrounds
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)123NOx0.027
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1498Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)74.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)85.9
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)52.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)60.1EC Urban (mpg)42.8

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power150
Coin DescriptionTSICoin SeriesSE Technology
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715ENCAP Adult Occupant Protection %93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %79NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %73NCAP Safety Assist %58
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.4Engine Power - BHP150
Engine Power - KW110Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG25.5Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed126

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear215/55 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleTRITONWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1603Length4382
Wheelbase2638Width1841
Width (including mirrors)2025 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1915
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1630Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)521
Max. Loading Weight612Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1700Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked680
Minimum Kerbweight1303No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Skoda Karoq

Skoda has replaced its popular Yeti SUV with this car, the Karoq. Jonathan Crouch looks at what this small but spacious compact Crossover has to offer.

Ten Second Review

Skoda is getting serious about SUVs. Building on the success of its large, 7-seat Kodiaq crossover, it brings up this only slightly smaller Qashqai-sized Karoq model. It gets all the latest Volkswagen Group technology, including a hi-tech MQB chassis and cutting-edge safety and infotainment features. Everything in fact, that you'd want from a modern family-sized SUV of this kind.

Background

Brand identity is everything in the automotive world, so it seems hard to understand why Skoda would want to abandon one of their most recognisable name plates, that of the Yeti. Yet the Czech maker has done just that, replacing that model line with this one - the Karoq. The reason why is that the company wants to emphasise that this car is a different, larger and more sophisticated SUV than the Yeti ever was - or could be. The Yeti couldn't ever quite decide whether it wanted to be a Juke-shaped supermini-sized SUV or a Qashqai-shaped family hatch-sized model. This larger Karoq has no such dilemma, firmly targeted at the Qashqai sector - and offering a larger boot, amongst other incentives, to tempt buyers away from Nissan's market leader. If you're wondering if the word 'Karoq' has any meaning, then we'll tell you that it's taken from the language of an Alaskan tribe and, roughly translated, means 'car arrow'. Make of that what you will.

Driving Experience

Under the skin, this Skoda uses much the same MQB chassis as you'll find in the Volkswagen Group's rival SEAT Ateca and the Volkswagen T-Roc. The set-up with this Karoq is deliberately more comfort-orientated than it is in the Ateca. The various powerplants on offer are all familiar from other Volkswagen Group models. There are initially four turbo-charged direct injection engine options - two TSI petrols (with 1.0 and 1.5-litre variants) and two diesel engines (a 1.6 and a 150PS 2.0-litre unit). All the drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG auto transmission. The 1.5 TSI petrol variant uses cylinder deactivation for an exemplary combination of performance and efficiency. Only the top 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel variant is available with 4WD; in fact you have to have AWD with this flagship version. This derivative is also fitted with a special 'Off Road' mode and hill descent control so that you can more easily slither down slippery slopes. In general though, this Skoda's limited ground clearance makes testing off road forays fairly inadvisable. The Karoq is much happier being used for tarmac use and an option worth considering here is the 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system that can considerably improve the ride over poor surfaces. It works through the settings of the standard 'Driving Mode Select' system.

Design and Build

The Karoq is a slightly bigger car than its Yeti predecessor and much better able to square up to the market-leading Nissan Qashqai in the family-sized part of the volume Crossover SUV sector. This Skoda certainly has a much bigger boot than its Japanese rival, with 521-litres of cargo space, extendable to 1,630-litres if you fold forward VarioFlex middle bench made up of three separate seats that can, if required, be taken out completely. If you do that, a van-like capacity of up to 1,810-litres is freed up. View the car in profile and the longer-than-average wheelbase by class standards is very evident and the side aesthetics are also characterised by short overhangs and a sloping roofline that's visually extended by a contour in the D-pillar. At the front, the headlights flanking the distinctive grille can optionally be ordered with full-LED beams. Inside, for the first time in a Skoda, a digital instrument panel is being offered. And, as usual, there are a range of 'Simply Clever' features, including an electrically-retractable tow bar. And a 'Virtual Pedal' option that allows you to open the power-operated tailgate with a wave of your foot beneath the bumper.

Market and Model

Prices start from around £21,000 but if you go for the flagship 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 model and add a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be looking at close to around £30,000. There are two trim levels - 'SE' and 'SE L'. Well worth having is the optional 'Skoda Connect services' package. This consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. In terms of camera-driven safety features, the Karoq can offer far more than the old Yeti ever could. Every model comes equipped with autonomous braking - a combination of the brand's 'Front Assist', City Emergency Brake' and 'Predictive Pedestrian Protection' systems. Buyers can also add in Blind Spot Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition', a 'Rear Traffic Alert' feature that'll warn you of oncoming traffic when you're reversing out of a space and a 'Driver Alert' system that watches for signs of drowsiness at the wheel. There's also 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control' and 'Lane Assist' and if you have both these features fitted, you can also have an 'Emergency Assist' feature whereby the vehicle will be brought to a safe, controlled stop, should the driver be in some way incapacitated.

Cost of Ownership

The old fashioned image of SUV vehicles being somewhat profligate when it comes to fuel economy certainly doesn't really apply to the Skoda Karoq. The 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel variant that many customers will want manages 56.5mpg and 131g/km of CO2. Go for the 150PS 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit and you should be able to match that fuel figure and improve on the CO2 return. Whatever powerplant you choose, as you'd expect in this day and age, all models get a start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. And the DSG auto transmission is equipped with a 'coasting' function that at cruising speeds, will disconnect the gearbox, leaving the engine to idle until you next need it. Like most modern diesels, all the TDI units on offer get a selective catalytic reduction filter to cut down on nitrous oxide and have been designed around the use of a urea-based solution called AdBlue. This is injected into the exhaust gas stream to help clean up emissions, the liquid used being stored in a 12-litre tank mounted at the rear beneath the boot. This will need topping up as part of regular servicing and you can monitor its status via dashboard display.

Summary

All the things that made the old Yeti so appealing remain with this Karoq model. It's spacious, safe, drives well, has a cool but understated image and is affordable to run. In short, what we have here is a class act in a market full of try-hard rivals and a car that strikes an appealing chord between practicality, quality and fashion. True, some of the rivals it has to face are larger, more hi-tech or more efficient. Most of them are pricier too though and it's that very affordability that'll keep this Skoda in the frame for customers who want a more interesting and flexible alternative to yet another Qashqai clone in this class. It's a car that transcends lifestyle snobbery. A family car that doesn't shout 'family'. And a Crossover you could be genuinely pleased to own.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
80%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£203
Initial Rental£1571
Term (months)24
Contract mileage16,000
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