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Skoda Karoq – a five-seat compact medium sized SUV with some clever features

Talking about Skoda now part of the Volkswagen Group and sharing platforms with VW models. I’ve just tested the Skoda Karoq five-seat SUV’s – the uprated 1.4-litre turbo 8-speed automatic 110TSi front-wheel-drive currently $35,990 drive-away and the new 2.0-litre turbo 140TSI 7-speed auto Sportline all-wheel-drive from $45,990 drive-way. For my money the 110TSi is the best value with its VarioFlex seating allowing the three back seats to be independently folded and even removed – a cleverly thought-out feature, great for a small family and a feature that the more powerful Karoq doesn’t have.

To me the Skoda Karoq is a little more individual to the VW Tiquan on which it’s based, its styling appealing with a standalone range of colours. Nice steering response with good off-centre feel and very clear instrumentation. A five star ANCAP crash safety rating, five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and the option of two pre- paid service packs – three years for $800 or five-years for $1400. Economy wise I managed 7.1 L/100km with varied city/country driving – as I said the 110 TSI is more family skewed, the 140TSI Sportline more the driver’s SUV and with all wheel drive quite accomplished. Three option packs become rather expensive: a Premium pack, Travel pack and Tech pack can add as much as $8,500 some items of which one could argue should be standard fare.

I’m David Berthon

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