The Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq are marching into the 2020 model year fresh faced and armed with more toys for comfort and safety.
Side Assist is a new addition for the two SUVs. It’s a safety system that replaces Blind Spot Detection and the latest version has a range increased from 20 to 70-metres. The system warns the driver of vehicles up to 70-metres away that are in their blind spot via the new, more noticeable warning signals in the side mirrors.
An adaptive chassis is now available, too, with Comfort, Normal and Sport settings to choose from.
Another new addition for the Kodiaq and Karoq is the Kessy key. It features a motion sensor, meaning the risk of the can being stolen or broken into is reduced. The optional extra switches off after 15-minutes with no movement, but as soon as the key moves the transmitter function is re-activated.
Now for the individual updates. The Karoq gets a new 2.0-TDI, well, new-to-Karoq, anyway. It’s the 190bhp Euro 6d-Temp compliant unit, and features an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter. The engine is available in conjunction with all-wheel drive and the seven-speed DSG auto ‘box as standard.
The Kodiaq has a new set of 20″ alloys. Called Ignite, they are now wider at 255mm and are available on the Kodiaq Sportline as well as the Kodiaq RS and the L&K version. There’s also a new tyre pressure monitoring system for individual wheels of 18″ or more. Clever temperature-regulating leather seat covers are now available on the hardy Kodiaq Scout.
Skoda are also in the process of spreading the SKODA lettering on the tailgate across their range, including the Karoq and Kodiaq.