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2018 Skoda Karoq SUV arriving in July from $29,990+ORC

The 2018 Skoda Karoq arrives Down Under in July and will be priced from $29,990+ORC for the manual and $32,290+ORC for the DSG variant.

THE SKODA KAROQ small SUV will arrive in Australia in July and be priced from $29,990+ORC for the six-speed manual variant and $32,290+ORC for the seven-speed DSG equipped variant. There will only be one model line offered initially with the two transmission options and a raft of cost-option packs.

Like you could in the Yeti, the Karoq offers buyers the opportunity, via its VarioFlex system, of removing the back seats entirely, or only one or two of them. The rear seats also slide forwards and backwards.

This allows the boot to grow from 479 litres with the rear seats pushed all the way back to 588 litres when they’re pushed forwards. Fold the seats down and you get 1605 litres of storage space. Remove them entirely and this grows to 1810 litres.

When the Karoq arrives it’ll only be available with one engine variant, a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol making 110kW from 5000rpm and 250Nm of torque from 1500rpm. A more-power version mated to an on-demand all-wheel drive system is planned for launch in 2019.

Key Features – Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Front Assist
  • City Emergency Brake
  • 7 Airbags
  • Driver Fatigue Detection
  • Low tyre pressure indicator
  • Advanced Keyless Entry including Smart Start (KESSY)
  • 8-inch ‘Bolero’ high resolution infotainment system Bluetooth© with voice control, audio and streaming, USB, AUX and SD card slot
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
  • 8 Speaker sound system
  • Rear View Camera
  • Rear parking sensors including braking assistant
  • Alarm with interior monitoring, back-up siren, inclination sensor and SAFE system
  • VarioFlex – flexible seats
  • Front seats with height adjustment and lumbar support
  • Climatronic – dual-zone air conditioning
  • LED Interior Ambient lighting and LED door welcome light
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Privacy Glass (window tint)
  • Electric park brake with Auto Hold function
  • Light Assist – Automatic headlight function
  • Rain Sensor – Rain sensing wipers
  • Front Fog Lights
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel, radio and telephone controls, height and reach adjustable
  • Roof rails – Silver
  • Double-sided mat in luggage compartment
  • 2 Tablet Holders

Key cost-option packs:

Premium Pack RRP $3600

  • Full LED headlights with Adaptive Frontlight System including LED DRL’s
  • Leather appointed upholstery
  • 18-inch alloy Wheels
  • Front parking sensors
  • Automatic tailgate with electric open and close (height programmable)
  • Steel pedals

Tech Pack        RRP $3200

  • Virtual Pedal – hands free electric tailgate open and close
  • 2-inch ‘Columbus’ Satellite Navigation including gesture control and 10 years MapCare
  • Park Assist 3.0 – Auto parking pilot for parallel, parallel exit, reverse and forward perpendicular
  • Premium German Sound System (10 Speakers)
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Personalisation (vehicle set up) via key
  • Wireless Charging
  • DAB+

Travel Pack      RRP $1700

  • Lane Assist
  • Side Assist – Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Electric driver’s seat with memory function
  • Foldable auto dimming door mirrors with memory function and down lighting
  • Front heated seats

Launch Pack (Limited Volume)           RRP $8900

  • 3 Year/45,000km Service Pack
  • Full LED headlights with Adaptive Frontlight System including LED DRL’s
  • Leather appointed upholstery
  • 18-inch alloy Wheels
  • Front parking sensors
  • Steel pedals
  • Virtual Pedal – hands free electric tailgate open and close
  • 2-inch ‘Columbus’ Satellite Navigation including gesture control and 10 years MapCare
  • Park Assist 3.0 – Auto parking pilot for parallel, parallel exit, reverse and forward perpendicular
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Personalisation (vehicle set up) via key
  • Wireless Charging
  • DAB+
  • Lane Assist
  • Side Assist – Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Electric driver’s seat with memory function
  • Foldable auto dimming door mirrors with memory function and down lighting
  • Front heated seats

Extra cost options:

  • Panoramic Sunroof RRP $1900
  • Metallic/Pearl Effect paint RRP $700
  • 19-inch alloy wheels RRP $700


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.