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Alex Rae | May, 16 2018 | 0 Comments

Skoda is adding a new and versatile model to its line-up with plans to shake up Australia’s popular mid-size SUV segment.

Effectively replacing the older and smaller Yeti, the Karoq is built on Volkswagen Group's new MQB platform and brings the same removable and versatile five-seat VarioFlex seating.

Able to detach and slide in a variety of ways, the Karoq is an adaptable five-to-two-seat SUV. Its boot can expand from 479 to 588 litres by moving the second row forward, or from 1605L with the seats laid flat to 1810L with the entire row removed.

The family-friendly boot space leads key rivals in the segment like the Mazda CX-5 (442/1342 litres) and the Hyundai Tucson (488/1478 litres).

Landing in July from $29,990 (plus on-road costs) and initially with only one engine, the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol variant will challenge current sales leaders with a mild 110kW at 5000-6000rpm and 250Nm from 1500-2500rpm that accelerates 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds; quickest of the entry-level contenders and with a leading claimed fuel consumption of 5.7L/100km thanks to cylinder deactivation.

Both a seven-speed DSG automatic and six-speed manual transmission are available with a $2300 split in price that drives the front-wheels exclusively, with a more powerful all-wheel drive variant to join the line-up next year. The Karoq is currently available in other markets with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine producing 140kW and 400Nm of torque.

Standard equipment on the 1.5 TSI include 17-inch alloys, manually adjustable seats with fabric trim, leather sports steering wheel, roof rails, dual-zone climate control, 8-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth, 8-speaker audio, keyless entry, automatic wipers and headlights, tablet holders for the rear seats and double-sided boot mat.

Standard safety equipment consists of AEB, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors with braking assist and a reversing camera.

Further safety technology can be optioned with the Travel pack ($1700) that adds lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, electric driver’s seat with memory function, folding side mirrors with night-time lighting and heated front seats.

Other options include the Premium pack ($3600), which adds 18-inch alloys, full led headlights with adaptive lighting, leather interior trim, front parking sensors, height programmable automatic opening tailgate and sportier metal finish pedals.

The optional Tech pack ($3200) adds hands free automatic tailgate, larger 9.2-inch infotainment screen with sat nav, automatic parking assistant, 10-speaker premium sound system, drive mode selection, personalised vehicle set-up identified by the key fob, wireless charging pad for mobile devices and DAB+ radio.

A limited number of Launch packs will be available when the Karoq lands in July that cost $8900 extra and include most of the best features from each pack including leather interior, 18-inch alloys, 9.2-inch infotainment, wireless charging and driver assists plus added 3 years/45,000km servicing.

The Karoq will be available from July 2 and is priced from $29,990 with a six-speed manual or $32,290 with seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and comes with Skoda’s standard five year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

2018 Skoda Karoq pricing plus on-road costs:

1.5 TSI manual                        $29,990

1.5 TSI automatic                    $32,290

Option packs:

Travel pack                             $1700

Premium pack                         $3600

Tech pack                               $3200

Launch packs                          $8900

Optional extras:

Panoramic Sunroof                  $1,900

Metallic/Pearl Effect paint         $700

19-inch alloy wheels                $700

 
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