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Skoda Karoq SE Technology adds fleet appeal

  • Higher specification, no extra cost
  • Sat-nav and Wi-Fi standard equipment
  • Apple CarPlay and adaptive cruise control included

Business users benefit from new Karoq SE Technology

Aiming to add some extra fleet appeal to the Karoq SUV, Skoda has introduced the SE Technology trim level. Higher specification includes driver-focused upgrades, such as the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Amundsen sat-nav and Apple CarPlay plus Android Auto included through Skoda's Smartlink+ option – normally an addtional £80.

2017 Skoda Karoq

Wi-Fi connectivity is also included.

Already versatile, with the £450 VarioFlex seating option the seats can be slid, adjusted and removed entirely, to expand from a standard 521-litre boot capacity to 1,810 litres, the SE Technology also features parking sensors all-round – making it easy to live with at home or driving for business.

Adaptive cruise control - normally a £300 extra - makes dealing with long motorway commutes rather more tolerable, too.

Extra gadgets, but fewer deals for the SE Technology

You can order an SE Technology with one of four engines; two petrol engines with 115hp or 150hp, and if you prefer diesel the same outputs are available with the 1.6 TDI 115hp or 2.0 TDI 150hp.

However, because this level of Karoq is aimed at fleet buyers, the £1,500 deposit contribution discount and consumer finance deals are not available.

Individual dealers will have their own promotions, so shop around for the best package - as an example, Skoda are offering a Karoq SE Technology 2.0 TDi 150PS 4x4 on a 3 year, 10,000 miles per year lease for an initial rental of £1,368 and 35 monthly rentals of £228, and excess mileage at a reasonable 7p per mile - all figures excluding VAT, we

A seven-speed DSG automatic transmission is available on all models, and the 2.0 TDI diesel is all-wheel drive for drivers requiring 4x4.

Karoq SE Technology emissions, 2017/18 P11D values and BIK are:

  • 1.0 TSI 115PS 119g/km £20,660 22%
  • 1.5 TSI 150PS DSG 125g/km £23,310 24%
  • 1.6 TDI 115PS 120g/km £22,690 26%
  • 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4x4 137g/km £26,550 29%

Cash buyers may find good deals on the SE Technology, but for PCP customers, deposit contributions and promotions may make a conventional SE with options better value.