The slightly updated Skoda Karoq compact SUV isn’t just testing the limits of personal insults, it is also giving an insight into the current cost of living crisis. The personal insults are trying to fool the consumer into believing that an update is not an update but an all-new model launch. In actuality, it is an OEM design modification. A bridge between keeping the sales cycle going and keeping the consumer notified of the Karoq’s existence.
We know the Skoda Karoq does exist, prices start at £26K for entry-level models and rise to an eye-watering cost of living crisis personal insult £37K for top-spec model trims. For that £26K entry-level SE trim, you get front and rear LED light clusters, 17-inch alloy wheels, scrolling indicators, sat-nav, rear parking sensors and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Most people will go for the mid-level SE-L trim. Priced at £27,785 upgrades include 18- alloys, chrome window surrounds and roof rails, keyless entry, front parking sensors, and heated front seats including a heated steering wheel. Above the SE-L trim, you really are entering the alley of personal insults, it’s not worth going any further.
The engine range consists of a 109 bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine, a 4-cylinder 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine with a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto. Ignore the diesel engines, you just can’t trust a VW sourced diesel these days.
The Skoda Karoq is a neat but cost of living personal insult busting package. Personally, I would go for the Honda HR-V.