By Stewart Smith on 2017-09-21 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
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SKODA has announced prices and final specifications for its new compact SUV Karoq model which will be available in the UK from mid-January.
The new Karoq is positioned below the larger Kodiaq model in the brand's updated SUV range and prices start from Â£20,875. Order books open on October 3.
The Karoq will be available in three trim levels; SE, SE L and Edition - with each grade offering different levels of equipment.
SE models feature 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED rear lights, dual-zone climate control, front assist, pedestrian monitor, and driver fatigue sensor as standard.
SE L models are priced from £23,165 and add additional features, including 18-inch alloys, an Amundsen satellite navigation with eight-inch touchscreen display, Smartlink+ connectivity, keyless entry and start/stop, full LED headlights with adaptive front light system, heated front seats, and Alcantara upholstery
The SE L models also come with a colour multifunction trip computer, rear view camera and front and rear parking sensors as standard.
The range-topping Edition trim offers 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, metallic paint and leather upholstery as standard as well as a Columbus satellite navigation with 9.2-inch touchscreen display which can be opearated by gesture control.
There's also an electrically operated boot and LED ambient lighting. Edition models start from £27,110.
At launch the Karoq will have four engine options - two TSI petrol units with outputs of 115bhp and 150bhp, and two TDI diesels also with power outputs of 115bhp and 150bhp. Emissions range from 117g/km to 138g/km.
All four are available with a seven-speed DSG transmission as an option, with the most powerful diesel model - the 2.0 TDI 150PS, also available with four-wheel drive.
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