Skoda has launched the Karoq at a rather high price tag of Rs. 24.99 lakh, which is Rs. 3.00 lakh higher than the top-spec petrol variant of the Jeep Compass.
Skoda India showcased the Karoq to the Indian masses for the first time at the 2020 Auto Expo. In March, the carmaker started accepting the booking for the mid-size crossover. However, it is now that the Karoq has been finally launched in the country at a price tag of Rs. 24.99 lakh. The carmaker will import the Karoq via CBU route in the country like its distant sibling Volkswagen T-Roc. The car will be imported with low import duties as the government is providing homologation relaxation if a manufacturer wants to import up to 2,500 units annually. But it has been launched at a slight premium over its chief rival – Jeep Compass, which start at Rs. 16.49 lakh and tops out at 21.92 lakh.
In flesh, Karoq looks like a smaller version of the Kodiaq.
Skoda has introduced the Karoq in a single configuration only. It gets a 1.5L TSI turbocharged petrol motor that dishes out a peak power output of 150 PS and a max. torque of 250 Nm. In comparison, Jeep’s 1.4L Mutliair unit puts out a higher peak power output of 162 PS, while the torque output remains identical at 250 Nm. The gearbox options available on these cars are a 7-speed DCT only. However, the Compass is also offered with an option of a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine that whips out a rated output of 172 PS/350 Nm. The Compass also gets an option of AWD layout with a dedicated low-range gear ratio. Additionally, an option of semi-active suspension is available with the Compass, which is absent on the Karoq.
Skoda Karoq features a nicely laid-out dashboard finished in a black-beige combination.
The Karoq comes loaded to the gills. It offers the convenience of 12-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory function, 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, 8.0-inch infotainment screen for Amundsen sound system, steering-mounted paddle shifters, aluminium pedals, TPMS, iBuzz fatigue alert system, 2-zone climate control, cruise control, programmable ambient lighting, adaptive LED headlamps, 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof and more. Almost all of these creature comforts are available on the Compass as well. To give you folks a slight idea about the Karoq’s distant cousin T-Roc, it has been priced at Rs. 19.99 lakh. And, it offers a similar feature list and identical powertrain as the Karoq.