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69 ŠKODA Karoq 1.5 TSI Sport Line 5dr DSG

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Drive mode selectorDriver alert system
Driver fatigue sensorDriver profile selection
Multifunction colour trip computerOutside temperature gauge
Personalisation of drive mode selectionRear view camera
Service interval indicatorStart/stop system with regenerative braking

Entertainment

DAB radio with BluetoothSD card slot
USB connection 

Exterior Features

Acoustic glassAero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
Automatic headlight control systemBlack roof rails and door mirrors with radiator grille
Body colour door mirrors and handlesChrome outside aluminium bar around the window
Electric front and rear windows with child proof lockElectrically adjustable heated folding and auto dimming door mirrors with boarding spots
Front door steps with SportLine logoFull LED headlights + adaptive front light system + LED daytime running lights and front cornering fog lights
Headlight washersHeated rear windscreen
LED rear lights with high functionalityLight assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)
Panoramic sliding sunroofPrivacy glass
Protective door side sills in body colourRear diffuser
Safety reflectors on front doorsSportline badge on front fender
Sportline decorative inserts with badgingSports front and rear bumpers
Third brake light 

Interior Features

1.5 litre bottle holders in driver and front passenger door panels12V socket in boot
12v socket in front centre armrest with storage compartment and rear air vents2 Folding hooks and nets in boot
2 Front readings lights for driver and passenger3 rear height adjustable headrests
4 foldable roof handles with rear coat hooks4 lashing points on luggage floor
Aluminium pedalsBackrest release
Black roof headliningCargo elements in boot
Chrome inner door handlesDriver and passenger seats height adjust
Dual zone climate controlFront seatback pockets
Height adjustable front three point seats belts with tensionersHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Ice scraperIlluminated and cooled glovebox
Illuminated luggage compartmentIsofix child seat preparation outer rear
Manual lumbar support for front seatsNet programme in boot
Pen holderPollen filter
Rear boot coverRear reading lights
Rear seats fixed folding and divided 60:40Removable LED torch in the boot
Retractable parcel shelf attachable to tailgateSafety vest holder
Seatbelt reminder signalisation and pretensioner for all seatsStorage box in upper central dashboard closed
Storage compartment below the passenger seatStorage net on centre console passenger side
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsTextile floor mats
Umbrella under passenger seatWelcome animation with sportline logo

Packs

LED Interior lighting pack with Skoda welcome logo - Karoq 

Safety

Airbags - Front side, head, knee and curtainAutomatic door unlocking in case of crash
Automatic fuel cut off in case of crashDriver airbag
Electronic parking brake with auto hold functionEmergency rear braking signal
ESC including ABS, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, RBS, MKB and traction controlFront assist radar scanning of the space in front of the car with automatic braking
Hill hold controlPassenger airbag with switch-off function
Pedestrian monitorThree point seatbelts rear
Two tone hornTyre pressure display
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Alarm with interior monitoring, back up horn and tilt sensor with safe functionAnti-theft wheel bolts protection
Electronic engine immobiliserKeyless entry and keyless start with safe system
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys 

Trim

Chrome framed air vents 

Wheels

19" Vega anthracite alloy wheelsStorage on wheel cover
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 is having decent success with its mid-sized SUV, the Karoq, recently subtly improved. Jonathan Crouch looks at what this mid-sized Czech SUV has to offer.

Ten Second Review

Skoda is getting serious about SUVs and the core of the company's Crossover range is found with this mid-sized Qashqai-class Karoq model. It gets all the latest Volkswagen Group engineering, now including the brand's latest TDI technology, plus there's 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 back in 2017, Skoda wanted to abandon one of their most recognisable name plates, that of the Yeti. Yet the Czech maker did just that, replacing that model line with this one - the Karoq. The reason why was that the company wanted 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 five turbo-charged direct injection engine options. Things kick off with a 115PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit but most choose the 150PS 1.5 litre TSI powerplant. There's also a 190PS 2.0 TSI variant. There are also three TDI diesel engines, a 115PS 1.6, a 150PS 2.0-litre unit and, the most recent addition, the Wolfsburg conglomerate's latest more eco-friendly 190PS 2.0 TDI powerplant. The two core diesel drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG auto transmission. The 1.5 TSI petrol variant (which is auto-only) uses cylinder deactivation for an exemplary combination of performance and efficiency. Only the top 2.0 TDI diesel and 2.0 TSI petrol variants are available with 4WD; in fact you have to have AWD with these flagship versions. These derivatives are 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 £22,000 but if you go for the flagship 2.0 TDI 190PS 4x4 model and add a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be looking at close to around £34,500. There are five trim levels - 'SE', 'SE L', 'Scout', 'Sportline' and 'Edition'. 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. A 'Side Assist' system is now optional.

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 front-driven diesel variant that many customers will want manages up to 50.4mpg (WLTP) and up to 124g/km (NEDC) of CO2. Go for the 150PS 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit and you should be able to get up to 41.5mpg and up to 123g/km. 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

You can see the appeal of 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
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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* 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.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£235
Deposit£4250
Term (months)36
Cash price£27,495
Credit amount£23,245
Guaranteed future value£15,020
Total amount payable£27,495
Skoda deposit£Nil
Contract mileage24,000
Excess mileage charge7.2p per mile
Representative APR0%
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