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Byline: Steve Hughes

SKODA is offering a high-specification version of its new Karoq SUV range, called the SE Technology, for no more than the standard SE model upon which it is based It gets a sophisticated Amundsen satellite navigation system with an 8in touchscreen display and European mapping.

There is also voice control and integrated Wi-Fi. Drivers can connect to the infotainment system seamlessly thanks to Smartlink+, which pairs with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The vehicle also offers wireless charging and Phone Box smartphone signal boost for improved communication on the move.

Users receive a one-year subscription to Infotainment Online for live traffic reports, calendar updates and online search functions. The touchscreen display also includes gesture control to make navigating the menus easier.

Other standard features on the new SE Technology model include front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, LED daytime running lights and cruise control. Innovative Karoq kit includes an ice scraper in the fuel cap, an umbrella under the passenger seat, a removable LED torch and various storage compartments in the boot. The VarioFlex seating system generates 520 litres of cargo space in the boot, which increases to an impressive 1810 litres with all the rear seats taken out.

There is a choice of four engine options, including two petrol units and two diesels, with outputs ranging from 115bhp to 150bhp in both cases. All four are available with seven-speed DSG transmission as an option, and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel version is additionally available with four-wheel drive.

Aimed primarily at small business users, the most powerful petrolpowered 1.5 TSI 150bhp DSG, has a tax and benefit list price of PS23,310 and a company car tax liability of 24%.

As far as being a so-called crossover is concerned, the Karoq does not just look the part, but is competent off-road too.

There are versions with frontwheel drive only, plus four-wheel -drive alternatives. In the case of the former, the driver is offered a choice of driving modes on the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre models, with adjustable suspension that alters the ride and dynamics.

Those with four-wheel drive get an off-road mode that can enhance the vehicle's ability in the rough stuff, thanks to variable traction control and diff-lock. There is also an optional package that includes better underbody protection. There is also a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems, including for parking and bind spot detection as well as predictive pedestrian detection.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2018
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