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Second new version of the Karoq at the Paris motor show gets 18in alloys, sports seats and more aggressive styling

Skoda has launched the Skoda Karoq Sportline at the Paris motor show, alongside the recently announced Karoq Scout. The Sportline gets sportier styling to complement a mooted Karoq vRS

The Sportline is the only trim to be offered with the 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine in the Karoq range, although it’s also available in 187bhp and 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel guises, as well as a 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI version. Only the most powerful diesel gets four-wheel drive as standard, though, as well as a DSG automatic gearbox. Four-wheel drive and the DSG are options across most of the engine range. 

The Sportline is marked out by 18in alloy wheels and different bumpers. Sportline badging on the front wings, as well as tinted windows and black roof rails, also hint at the car’s range-topping status. 

Inside, the seats are bolstered for extra support and finished in an exclusive Thermoflux fabric with silver contrast stitching, which extends to the stitching on the leather steering wheel. A black headliner is also fitted, as are stainless steel pedals and ambient lighting. Like the Scout, the Sportline gets the Volkswagen Group’s Virtual Cockpit display instead of traditional dials. 

The Karoq’s larger SUV sibling, the Skoda Kodiaq, also gets a Sportline trim, which will sit below the Skoda Kodiaq vRS performance flagship. 

The Karoq is also expected to gain a vRS-badged sibling along the line, as Skoda continues the expansion of its sporting sub-brand. At the Karoq’s launch last year, however, a final decision hadn't yet been made. 

As with the Scout, prices for the Sportline are as yet unconfirmed, but it’ll likely be a few hundred pounds more than the Scout, as per the Kodiaq Scout and Sportline. Above £28,000 is likely.


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ZenBass 4 August 2018

Thanks Scotty B and Daniel

Thanks Scotty B and Daniel Jospeh you both it the nail on th head.

My title of my post was Estate Fan and also the fact I have 2 X German Sheperds to haul around and for this reason an SUV is no good due to height of the load lip. 

We test drove a Karoq when my patner wias looking for a new car and the boot was noticeable smaller 

My partner now has a VW Tiguan which has 615ltrs of space and the Superb has 660ltrs. Not a lot in it tbh but mine is signifacntly bigger, The dogs practically fill my partners boot where in mine they can sprawl out. I think its cause boot capacity is  meansured to the parcel shelf and yes the Tiguan may have nearly the same amount of space but I think this is because it has greater height between the boot floor and the parcel shelf, the Superb has a narrower distance between wider and longer more usable space.

In terms of size, yes ther Karoq is 3mm narrow than the Superb but I was meaning SUVs in general, ..probably didnt make myself clear on that :)

And Thank You Daniel Jospeh and Scotty5 you have hit the nail on the head , especially the garage door being up and and over, My partner used to park her Focus in the garge and I parked me in the space next to it, since getting the Tigaun its the other wat round as there is no way it would even fit under the door.

Its a personal choice as always but I am an Estate Fan because they just fulfil the breif ..   :)

Daniel Joseph 3 August 2018


I think ZenBass was referring to a height restriction in his garage.  I have exactly the same problem:  the (up and over) door and its scissors mechanism seriously restricts the available height.  Even regular cars with "bee-sting" aerials can get caught and SUVs are a non-starter.  It's  listed building so cannot be altered.

MrTrilby 2 August 2018

And the Superb is also about

And the Superb is also about 10cm longer than the Kodiaq, yet has a smaller boot. Skoda’s SUVs are more practical inside and take up less space than their estates. The entire reason we bought one (otherwise we’d have bought the cheaper Superb in an instant). 

scotty5 3 August 2018

There are stats, stats and then stats.

MrTrilby wrote:

And the Superb is also about 10cm longer than the Kodiaq, yet has a smaller boot. Skoda’s SUVs are more practical inside and take up less space than their estates. The entire reason we bought one (otherwise we’d have bought the cheaper Superb in an instant). 

This thread is about the Karoq, not the Kodiak but even then the expression "there are stats, stats and even more stats" applies.

Kodiaq and Superb two different beasts SUV's luggage capacity is a bit false because it's much higher than an estate - who loads their cars to the roofline? Estates (especially Skoda) ten to have longer load bays thus more practical.

Then you factor in the higher load height of an SUV making them more difficult to load.

Then you factor in the different models. Kodiak bigger than Superb loadspace? Only in 5 seat layout. Most Kodiaqs are 7 seat so even with those seats down, despite the advantages mentioned above, the Superb is still bigger.

Had a look at SUV's for my own requirements (we already own a Karoq sized car) but estate far better proposition for us. Ended up buying an Octavia estate. At theis very moment I have the space velour floor mats, a portable stove, a tent, two kayak paddles, two life vests and the seats for my Kayak in the area UNDER the boot floor. That's right, open the hatch and all you can see is a vast empty boot. All that stuff in the car and was still able to get a full size road bike in there tonight with ease and I didn't remove any of the wheels, seat post or handlebars.

From a practicality point of view, a well designed estate will carry lots more than an SUV.