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21 ŠKODA KAROQ 1.5 TSI SE 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Care connectDriver fatigue sensor
Electro-mechanical PASOutside temperature gauge
Service interval indicatorSmartLink wireless for Apple and wired for Android
Start/stop system with regenerative brakingUSB C Port x 2 in front centre console

Entertainment

DAB radio with BluetoothUSB connection

Exterior Features

Acoustic glassAero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
Automatic headlight control systemBlack electric window control buttons
Body colour door mirrors and handlesBody coloured bumpers
Electric front and rear windows with child proof lockElectrically adjustable heated folding and auto dimming door mirrors
Heated rear windscreenLED rear lights with high functionality
Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)Privacy glass
Safety reflectors on front doorsThird 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
Backrest releaseCargo elements in boot
Chrome inner door handlesDriver and passenger seats height adjust
Folding tables on the front seat backrestsFront head restraints
Front seat and rear pocketsHeight adjustable front three point seats belts with tensioners
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIce scraper
Illuminated and cooled gloveboxIlluminated luggage compartment
Isofix child seat preparation outer rearManual lumbar support for front seats
Net programme in bootPen holder
Pollen filterRear boot cover
Rear reading lightsRear seats fixed folding and divided 60:40
Safety vest holderStorage box in upper central dashboard closed
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsUmbrella under passenger seat

Passive 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 monitorSeatbelt reminder signalisation and pretensioner for all seats
Three point seatbelts rearTwo tone horn
Tyre pressure displayTyre pressure monitor

Security

Alarm with interior monitoring, back up horn and tilt sensor with safe functionElectronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys 

Trim

Chrome framed air vents 

Wheels

Storage on wheel cover
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)121NOx0.023
Particles0.0002Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb142WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL142WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH166WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High123WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH136
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL122WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low183
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH192WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL178
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium136WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL136 

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 - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)53.3EC Extra Urban (mpg)62.8
EC Urban (mpg)43.5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH6.9WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High6.6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL6.6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low7.9WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL7.8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH6.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL6
WLTP - MPG - Comb44.8WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH40.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL45.6WLTP - MPG - Extra High42.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH38.7WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL42.8
WLTP - MPG - High52.3WLTP - MPG - High - TEH47.1
WLTP - MPG - High - TEL52.3WLTP - MPG - Low35.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH33.6WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL36.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium47.1WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH42.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL47.1 

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power150
Coin DescriptionTSICoin SeriesSE
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years2
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %93NCAP Child Occupant Protection %79
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %73
NCAP Safety Assist %58Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years2Timing Belt Interval Mileage140000
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.7Engine Power - BHP150
Engine Power - KW110Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG25.5Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed129

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

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

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1603Length4382
Wheelbase2638Width1841
Width (including mirrors)2025 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50.8Gross Vehicle Weight1920
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1630Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)521
Max. Loading Weight600Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked690
Minimum Kerbweight1320No. 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 had decent success with its mid-sized SUV, the Karoq. Jonathan Crouch looks at what the updated version of this crossover has to offer.

Ten Second Review

Skoda is these days very serious about SUVs and the core of the company's Crossover range is found with this mid-sized Qashqai-class Karoq model, here usefully improved and smarter looking. As before, it gets all the latest Volkswagen Group engineering, now including the brand's latest TDI 'Twin Dosing' 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 had no such dilemma, originally launched back in 2017, firmly targeted at the Qashqai sector - and offering a larger boot, amongst other incentives, to tempt buyers away from Nissan's market leader. Here, we're looking at the updated version, announced at the end of 2021. 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

Not much has changed with the engineering of this car. Under the skin, this Skoda uses much the same MQB chassis as you'll find in the Volkswagen Group's rival SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan models. 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 four turbo-charged direct injection engine options, none of which (yet) get the VW Group's latest mild hybrid tech. As before, things kick off with a 110PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit, but most choose the 150PS 1.5 litre TSI powerplant, which uses cylinder deactivation for an exemplary combination of performance and efficiency. There are also two 2.0 TDI diesel engines, now with the VW Group's latest 'Twin Dosing' technology and offering either 116PS or 150PS. Both are available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG auto transmission. Only the top 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel is available with 4WD. 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

Subtle styling changes mark out this updated Karoq model. The front grille is now wider and hexagonal in shape, the headlights and tail lights are slimmer, there's a larger rear spoiler and the bumpers have been restyled. As before, this is one of the larger SUVs in the mid-sized SUV class. Take the boot, rated at 521-litres and extendable to 1,630-litres if you fold forward the rear bench. Avoid base trim and that back seat will come in 'VarioFlex' form made up of three separate seats that canslide and, if required, be taken out completely. If you do that, a van-like capacity of up to 1,810-litres is freed up. Few Qashqai-class models can get close to that. 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. Inside, things are much as before, though Skoda has improved the ambient lighting system and now offers an 'Eco Pack', with upholstery made from vegan materials. Digital instruments are standard, with an 8-inch screen across the range, with a 10.25-inch upgrade available as an option, or on plusher variants. The central infotainment screen is 8-inches as standard, with a 9.2-inch 'Columbus' upgrade available if you want it. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone-mirroring are standard, with wireless connectivity optional. 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 £26,000 but if you go for the flagship 4x4 models and add a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be looking at getting on for £40,000. There are three trim levels - 'SE Drive', 'SE L' and 'Sportline' and equipment levels across the range are pretty generous. 'SE Drive' models offer 17-inch Scutus alloy wheels, Amundsen touchscreen navigation and LED headlights (low functionality) as standard. 'SE Drive' models also feature rear LED lights with welcome effect and dynamic indicators, colour multifunction trip computer, Smartlink with wireless Apple CarPlay and rear parking sensors as standard. Mid-range 'SE L' models add 18-inch Miran alloy wheels, chrome for the roof rails and window surround, VarioFlex seating (a sliding rear bench) and a Winter Pack (which includes a heated steering wheel and heat for the front seats, heated windscreen washer nozzles and headlight washers). 'SE L'-spec also gets you Keyless entry, an engine start/stop system and an extended rear spoiler and the Parking Pack that includes rear view camera and front parking sensors. Top 'SportLine' variants feature Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS (adaptive front light system), plus an LED interior light pack and a panoramic sunroof. Metallic paint and an electrically operated boot and virtual pedal are also standard, along with a Winter Pack and Parking pack that includes front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

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. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The 2.0 TDI 150PS front-driven diesel variant that many customers will want manages up to 52.3mpg and up to 143g/km of CO2. Go for the 150PS 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit and you should be able to get up to 44.8mpg and up to 144g/km. The base 1.0 TSI petrol unit manages up to 44.8mpg and 142g/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. The TDI diesels now use the VW Group's latest, cleaner 'Twin Dosing' technology. And like most modern diesels, they get a selective catalytic reduction filter to cut down on nitrous oxide, plus as usual with TDI units, they've 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
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
80%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£318
Deposit£318
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate6.93%
Cash price£20,998
Credit amount£20,680
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£9632.25
Total amount payable£25,215.25
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge7.2p per mile
Representative APR6.9%
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