Skoda updates Kodiaq and Karoq with new tech

More active safety options feature alongside minor styling tweaks

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Skoda has revealed updates to its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs for the 2020 model year.

The changes include a minor styling tweak that brings the models in line with the latest exterior visuals applied to more recent Skodas, plus new safety technologies.

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A fresh engine option is also now available on the Karoq, a 2.0-litre turbodiesel already available in the Kodiaq. It has a power output of 190hp and includes a diesel particulate filter so that it meets the latest emissions regulations.

Both models can now be supplied with side assist as optional safety equipment, replacing the blind spot monitoring system. The technology uses radar sensors to monitor the driver’s blind spot and includes an alert that warns if cars are moving behind the driver while reversing.

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The optional adaptive chassis system, which includes drive mode selection, is now available on front-wheel-drive models, where it was previously only an option for four-wheel-drive models. It changes the suspension’s settings depending on whether it’s in comfort, normal or sport mode.

Skoda has updated its keys to protect against keyless theft, which is becoming a major issue in the UK. They now deactivate after a period of inactivity, which prevents criminals from gaining entry to a vehicle by boosting the signal of a key that is left in a house overnight.

The exterior styling changes are minor. Both models now include the word ‘Skoda’ written across the boot lid in large lettering, as seen on the new Scala and Kamiq models. Meanwhile, a new 20-inch alloy wheel design is available on the Kodiaq’s Sportline, L&K and vRS trims.

Prices for the updated Skoda Karoq start at £21,945, while the Kodiaq is available from £29,095.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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