Skoda has just launched its latest compact SUV – the Karoq. It’s technically a facelift, but it also handles a lot better than I remember from before, so I kept it for a while.
It definitely caught the eye in strong bronze/orange.
Here are 10 things you might want to know about the “new” car.
1. A new look
It gets styling tweaks, new front and rear bumpers, and a new grille.
2. Improved aerodynamics
They managed to improve aerodynamics by more than 9 percent – thanks to additional air intakes in the front bumper, aerodynamic inserts on the wheels and a longer rear roof spoiler.
3. Lower costs
Lower aerodynamics mean less energy is needed to keep the car moving.
This results in less fuel consumption and lower costs. It now has a drag coefficient of just 0.3 cD. That’s good for an SUV.
4. Four engines
There are petrol engines with 1.0 TSI (110 hp) and 1.5 TSI (150 hp), two diesel engines are also in the program.
As a measure of how popular SUVs have become, the three non-electric vehicles Skoda has on offer – the Kodiaq, Karoq and Kamiq – account for around 50 percent of total purchases.
The prices here start at 33,750 euros – that applies to the 1.0TSI 110 Ambition. Diesel is available from 34,900 euros.
The 2.0TDI 115 is likely to be the most popular (less powerful than the two diesels).
8. It comes with…
Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic wipers and headlights.
There are also LED lights (Matrix option), plus keyless start, power folding mirrors, an 8-inch infotainment display, privacy glass, chrome roof rails, lumbar support and more.
9. Five years on the road
The Karoq was originally launched in 2017 and was the second SUV in the Skoda range after the Kodiaq
10. Busy production line
More than half a million Karoqs were produced. It is available in 60 countries.
:: Meanwhile the new one bmw The i7 luxury sedan will be available in December as an all-electric drive option, with plug-in hybrids in early 2023.
The BMW i7 xDrive60 costs from 133,085 euros on-the-road (OTR). It has a claimed range of 590 km to 625 km, depending on the model. The other model is the i7 xDrive60M Sport and starts at €138,625 OTR.
The arrival of the cars means every BMW model sold in Ireland will have plug-in electrification.
It is only available in the long-wheelbase version in M Sport or Excellence specifications.
The car starts with the electric i7 xDrive60. The plug-in hybrids 750e xDrive and M760e xDrive will follow in spring 2023.
The M Performance model delivers 571 hp. The new car features BMW iDrive and the latest generation of BMW Operating System 8.
An interesting option will be the theater screen, which includes a 31.3-inch touchscreen display.
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