Is the budget option of the Skoda Karoq the best choice in the range?

Skoda Karoq Returns Below $40,000 Drive-Away with New Entry-Level Model

The Skoda Karoq, a middle child in the Czech car maker’s SUV range, is making a comeback below $40,000 drive-away for the first time in two years. This new entry-level model, simply called ‘Karoq’, is priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs or $39,990 drive-away nationwide. This price is $5500 less on the road compared to the next model up, the Style.

What We Love
– Seven-year warranty
– Good value for money in the purchase price
– Well-packaged, spacious interior despite small body

What We Don’t
– Expensive to service
– Missing the latest safety features
– Smaller than its rivals inside

Compared to the Style, the new base variant misses out on certain features like a widescreen 10.25-inch digital instrument display, keyless entry, digital radio, hands-free power tailgate, and more. However, it retains 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and various safety features such as lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring.

In terms of rivals, the Skoda Karoq competes with the Toyota RAV4 GX, Kia Sportage S, base Hyundai Tucson, and Mazda CX-5 Maxx in the medium SUV category. While the Karoq offers more equipment for a similar price, it faces a disadvantage due to import tariffs as it is produced in the Czech Republic.

The Karoq’s interior, while smaller on the outside, offers generous space for passengers and cargo. However, certain features like VarioFlex rear seats are missing in the base model. The vehicle also comes with a range of safety features, though it lacks advanced technologies found in newer vehicles.

In terms of running costs, the Karoq is covered by a seven-year/unlimited-kilometer warranty. However, servicing costs are relatively high compared to its competitors. The vehicle is fuel-efficient, with a claimed consumption of 6.5L/100km.

Overall, the Skoda Karoq proves to be a worthy contender in the mid-size SUV category due to its balanced equipment list, driving experience, and spacious interior. While it may have its shortcomings, it is a compelling option for buyers considering vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, or Kia Sportage.

To learn more about the Skoda Karoq and explore the latest news and updates, visit the official Skoda website.

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