Saturday 21 September 2019

Skoda show 'Ambition' with price of new KAROQ SUV

Skoda Karoq
Skoda Karoq
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Skoda have made an interesting decision with the starting price of their new compact SUV, the KAROQ,which they claim is a rival for the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson.

Prices start at €27,715 for Ambition trim, which is usually the second and most popular equipment level. But they have decided not to bother with traditional entry-level Active and its correspondingly lower price point.

In doing so they have left a gap of a little more than €1,000 between it and the entry-level (Active) price of the larger and much-in-demand KODIAQ (from €28,795 for the 5-seater version).

The reality, however, is the KODIAQ is being bought at Ambition trim (at least) and in seven-seat format, so you're looking at well into the €30,000s for it. The perceived gap to KAROQ, therefore, is quite large.

The KAROQ's higher entry-level price does, however, realistically address buying trends - people are choosing higher-spec models across the board.

The KAROQ gets here early next month, boasting a lot of room and spec as it takes on the giants of the compact SUV segment. It replaces the evergreen Yeti and is 160mm longer, 48mm wider with a potential 1,800-litre boot.

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