Skoda Koroq

People had to spend big bucks and stretch their budget to buy a Mercedes Benz earlier in the day for a luxury car that felt premium, well built, and was solidly engineered. Skoda changed that image which made it an aspirational car maker a number of years ago. However, the brand suffered a blow to its image due to its after-sales service which is now in amends. Their product lineup stagnated over the years into just 4 products, which is fortunately all set to change. Though the big revolution is all set to happen next year in 2021, the revolution has started right away with the new Skoda Karoq.

In Skoda India’s lineup, the Karoq will sit below the Skoda Kodiaq and above the Hyundai rival that is due in 2021. The car will, however, will be a full CBU (Completely Built Unit) import which means that it will attract higher import duties and will suggest a higher price tag than the size of the car. The car-size is similar to that of the Kia Seltos, the price tag will make it a rival of the Jeep Compass.

The car has the understated elegance that people like from the brand with looks similar to that of the Kodiaq but with more conventional SUV proportions. The front of the car is simple and has a neat look with the grill and projector lamps while the side of the car showcases character lines with sharp diamond cut allow wheels. The rear gets large Skoda badging across the tail (which is now becoming common with car manufacturers these days) with good looking well-shaped tail lamps. The boot has a capacity of 520 litres that has levers that drop the seat with just one pull with some ‘Simply Clever’ touches like the magnetised LED light for a change of tyre in the dark or the bag hooks or velcro luggage separators.

The back seat of the car has just enough space for a person a little above the average sub-continent height to seat comfortably with an upright seat. The car comes with a massive panoramic sunroof paired with the quarter glasses let in a lot of sunlight and offer an airy cabin. The front of the car feels premium with a high-quality level and comes with brushed aluminium finish and chrome used around the cabin in the perfect places. It comes with a digital instrument cluster, electric driver-adjustable seats and loads of storage spaces. It is packed with safety features like parking sensors (front + rear), a rearview camera, driver fatigue monitor, ABS with EBD, ESC, and 9 airbags. Now that we have covered how the car looks and feels, we shall cover that driving part sometime later in our next blog.

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