What Car? - Car Of The Year 2019 - Best Family SUV Winner
ŠKODA Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L (£18 - £30k)
ŠKODA’s new compact SUV is called the Karoq. Its name and spelling draw on the language of the Alutiiq tribe – inhabitants of a southern Alaskan island whose native tongue was also the inspiration for Kodiaq. The names of the brand’s future SUVs will also follow this pattern.
“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,” said ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier.
“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,” added Maier.
The compact ŠKODA Karoq SUV is an all-rounder for the family, business, everyday life and leisure time. With a generous amount of interior space, state-of-the-art technology and well-thought-out equipment, the car is both practical and stylish.
The VarioFlex system consists of three separate back seats, which can be individually adjusted and the seats can also be completely removed – and the SUV is then converted into a van with a maximum load capacity of 1,810 litres. Wow! How clever is that?
Karoq SE Nav Plus is available now too
The SE Nav Plus includes all of the standard specification found on the
SE trim, with the exception of 16-inch Castor alloys, which replace the
17-inch Ratikon alloy wheels.
What Car? Awards 2019 - the KAROQ was awarded the best choice within its price bracket, with the 1.5 TSI 150 SE L model named as best family SUV between £18,000-£30,000.
Five engine variants will be available from 85 kW (115 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS), of which four are new. Typical of ŠKODA are smart ideas for the brand’s new compact SUV which include features such as the rear-seat VarioFlex system and the virtual pedal for the hands-free opening of the boot. Particularly long items can be comfortably transported in the interior of the compact SUV – this is made possible by the folding front passenger seat. It also boasts ŠKODA's first digital instrument panel.
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