The 2019 Corolla Hatchback

New Car Registrations In Ireland In May 2019

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback
The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in May 2019

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of May are up 4.7% (6,341) when compared with May 2018 (6,055).

New car registrations year to date are down 7.6% (79,343) on the same period last year (85,868). 

The five bestselling car brands year to date are 1. Volkswagen, 2. Toyota, 3. Hyundai, 4. Ford and 5. Skoda.

The five bestselling cars so far in 2019 in Ireland are 1. Nissan Qashqai, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Toyota Corolla, 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Skoda Octavia.

The top selling car in May was the Toyota Corolla.

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are also up, 5.2% (1,726)
on May 2018 (1,641), with registrations year to date down 8.4% (14,617). While
New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 31.3% (298) in comparison to May
2018 (227) and year to date are also up 7.7% (1,491)

Imported Used Cars for May increased 4.1% (9,346) on the same month last
year (8,978) while year to date imports are 3% (45,062) ahead of 2018 (43,739).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with a
total of 1,902 EV cars registered so far this year, surpassing the total number
of EVs registered for 2018 (1,233).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said: “Registrations for the month of May, both cars and light commercial vehicles, showed an improvement on May of last year, although the increase in numerical terms was relatively small. However, sales overall year to date have been disappointing with both business and consumer Brexit related uncertainty contributing to dampened demand for new vehicles. As we move into June the Industry is now focused on preparations for the start of the July 192 registration period. This will see a variety of strong offers to consumers across all brands, and in this environment, consumers will have a wide choice of cars to choose from at a really competitive price.”


The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid Review

The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Caroline drives the 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports!

The Toyota Corolla is one of Ireland’s best loved cars and is now in its 12th generation. Ever since Toyota Global President, Akio Toyoda, declared "no more boring cars!" from the brand, there has been something of a renaissance underway at Toyota.

That’s thanks to Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that is underpinning a whole new generation of models including C-HR and Prius, and now in 2019, Camry, RAV4 and the new Toyota Corolla family.

The new Toyota Corolla is now available in Ireland as a saloon, hatchback and estate (‘Touring Sports’). I recently took the Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid for a test drive. Available from €28,420, the Corolla Touring Sports comes exclusively as a petrol electric, self-charging hybrid. In this new generation of Corolla it uses a revised 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain putting out 122hp.

The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is available from €28,420
The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is available from €28,420

Sporty and stylish family car

In the metal, the new Corolla really makes a style statement. The Touring Sports is particularly successful in my opinion. In fact, the hatchback, saloon and estate have all been given an individual look because the new platform gave the designers the freedom to do that.

The Touring Sports is available in the entry Luna trim and in Sol trim with a bit more gear (from €31,990). But even the entry model comes exceptionally well equipped with 16” alloys, LED headlamps/fog lamps, 8” Toyota Touch, rear view camera, dual zone climate control, and Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist.

For the extra spend, Sol adds 17” alloys, a chrome window frame, rear privacy glass, rain sensor, Smart Entry & Start, navigation, textured chrome inserts to the interior, grey lower dashboard, ambient lighting, heated front seats and driver lumbar support.

The interior of the new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
The interior of the new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Inside the 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

The design and quality of the interior of the new Toyota Corolla has improved dramatically. There are plenty of soft touch materials and a number of technology features including the digital instrument panel and central touchscreen for the infotainment, though technology buffs will be frustrated by the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The interior of the car is nicely spacious too with decent accommodation for the compact class. The estate is the obvious choice in this new trio of Corollas if you need more space and a bigger boot. The boot aperture opens wide for easy loading with a low, flat load lip. At 598 litres, there’s also 237 litres more boot volume than in the hatchback.

Boot space in the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
Boot space in the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Driving the 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Toyota has made much of the newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform and rightly so. Key concerns for engineers were to make this Corolla safer and more engaging to drive than anything that has come before.

The GA-C platform promises a more rewarding driving experience thanks to a centre of gravity that is lowered by 10 mm, a multi-link rear suspension fitted as standard across the model range, and a 60% more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel as reinforcement in key areas. According to Toyota, these contribute to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort, as well as reducing high frequency vibration for an increased feeling of quality.

I was immediately impressed by the smoothness and refinement of the new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports on the road. The hybrid powertrain means that the car uses a CVT automatic gearbox, but Toyota has considerably improved the refinement of the transmission and also invested in better cabin insulation.

The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is a stylish and practical estate car
The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is a stylish and practical estate car

How fuel-efficient is the new Corolla?

The Touring Sports has adequate power for driving and overtaking manoeuvres. However, as a hybrid it really needs to deliver on fuel efficiency. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 5.6 l/100 km, and I saw a return of over 60 mpg on some journeys. The hybrid system works particularly well in town and promotes a more relaxed mode of driving that helps to deliver on efficiency. Low emissions mean that motor tax is €180 per year.

There has been much anticipation for this new generation of the Corolla. But until we drive it we can never be sure if it will deliver on all that is promised. However I’m happy to report that the new Toyota Corolla has improved considerably in just about every way, and it’s also got super competitive again in the compact class.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is a very handsome vehicle and the most practical member of the new Corolla family. It's genuinely efficient, spacious and pleasant to drive making it a great family car.

No more boring cars!

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is a car transformed
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is a car transformed

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Sol
Price:
€31,990 (from €28,420)
Engine: 1.8-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 
122 hp
Torque: 142 Nm
0-100km/h: 
11.1 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Fuel economy:
4.5 – 5.0 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
87g/km
Motor tax: 
€180 per year

 


The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!

Tesla Model 3 Can Now Be Ordered In Ireland

 

The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!
The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!

Tesla has opened Irish orders for the new Tesla Model 3. The new Model 3 range is available from €48,900 in Ireland.

The Tesla Model 3 Configurator Ireland has launched with the Model 3 AWD Performance and RWD in Standard Range Plus the first models to be available to configure online.

First deliveries for reservation holders will begin in July.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s smaller, simpler, and more affordable car. The Standard Range Plus model has an estimated range of 415 km range, while the range for the Model 3 Performance is rated at 530 km and 560km for the Long Range AWD.

Every car comes with active safety features standard, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Side Collision Warning. Model 3 now comes with Autopilot included. Under active driver supervision, the car can steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.  

All Model 3 customers have pay-per-use access to the Tesla global Supercharger network, which is reserved specifically for Tesla owners - there are more than 430 Supercharger locations with over 3600 Superchargers in Europe.

For the European market the Tesla Model 3 also comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks.

Metallic pain options Midnight Silver and Deep Blue are available for €1,100, while Multi Coat Red and Pearl White will cost €1,600.  Solid black is a standard colour with no charge.

Model 3 specs at a glance: 

Key Specifications Standard Range Plus   Model 3 Performance 
0-100 Km/h   5.6 seconds  3.4 seconds 
Top Speed
(Km/h) 
225 km/h  261 km/h 
WLTP KM 415 km (WLTP est)  530 km 

 


The new BMW X1

New BMW X1 For Ireland In July

The new BMW X1 will arrive in Ireland in July, priced from €38,975 on the road.

The styling of the X1 has been updated in line with BMW's latest range of X models. There will be four model variants - SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport - with each having its own unique look and equipment to match.

Inside, the BMW X1 features an updated Navigation system with either an 8.8-inch or the optional 10.25-inch Touch Control Display. T

The new BMW X1 will be available with a range of three and four-cylinder engines, with a plug-in hybrid X1 ( xDrive25e) on the way also. The petrol range starts with the 140hp 1.5-litre sDrive18i.

The diesel range uses a 2.0-litre engine and both the sDrive and the all-wheel drive xDrive18d models deliver 150hp and a peak torque of 350Nm. Diesels are priced from €41,325.

A six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch auto gearbox are available.

The new BMW X1 is available to order now from your local BMW dealer.

A new BMW 1 Series will arrive in Ireland in September.


192 offers and car deals for Ireland

192 Offers And Car Deals For Ireland

 

192 offers and car deals for Ireland
Thinking about buying a new car this summer? You will want to get the best 192 offer

On July 1st 2019 we enter the new 192 registration period, and there are a number of 192 offers and car deals buyers can avail of from manufacturers. We’ve put together a list of 192 offers available and this list will be updated as more manufacturers release their offers. For more information visit the manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.

Audi

192 offers include special Audi service plans from €15.99 per month as well as a complementary €250 Audi genuine accessories offer. APR rates from 2.9% on Audi Q5 and 3.9% on Audi A6. Offers available on vehicles registered before 31stAugust.

Citroen

0% APR across C3, C4 Cactus and C4 Spacetourer. 3.9% APR across C1, C3 Aircross, Berlingo, C5 Aircross and Spacetourer. 

Dacia

Dacia is offering customers 0 deposit and 4.9% APR across the range including the Duster SUV, Sandero, Sandero Stepway SUV and Logan MCV.

Ford

Deals on offer include reductions on some of Ford’s most popular models including the Ka+, Fiesta, EcoSport, Focus and Kuga. There's also 7 years warranty on offer, 7 years roadside assistance, 1 year free road tax, 3.9 percent APR and upgrade packs for selected models that include a range of extras at reduced prices.

Honda

Honda has launched their ‘High Five’ campaign. For a limited time the Honda Civic Diesel will be available with a choice of 5 offers: 3.9% APR PCP Finance Available OR €3,000 Guaranteed Minimum Trade – In Value OR Upgrade to 9 speed automatic OR Complimentary Platinum Service Plan and 1 years Free Road Tax OR €1,000 Deposit Contribution.

Hyundai

5 Years Unlimited Manufacturer’s Warranty, 5 Years Free Health Check and 5 Years AA Roadside Assistance across the range. 3.9% APR finance on i10, i20, i30 Hatchback, i30 Fastback, i30 Tourer, ix20, Tucson, Kona, Santa Fe, and i40 if you book and register by 29th June 2019. Or five years of free servicing. Or avail of scrappage bonus of up to €5,000.

Jaguar

To celebrate Jaguar's wins at the 2019 World Car Awards with the new I-PACE, customers can enjoy a €3,000 discount across the Jaguar range. Each model also comes with 3-year warranty, 3-year roadside assistance and a free 3-year service plan. Discount available until 31st August 2019.

Kia

0% APR on HP for 192 Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Sportage and Stonic models ordered before 30th August.

Nissan

Get up to €5,500 scrappage on your old car when you buy a 192 Nissan. Scrappage available on all models (excluding LEAF). 0% APR on new Nissan Micra. 3.9% APR on other models on PCP Finance.

Peugeot

Customers who register their new 192 car before 31st July can avail of finance from 3.9%, plus either scrappage up to €4,000, or a deposit contribution of up to €750 on younger trade ins. All cars come with a five-year extended warranty.

Renault

0% APR and 0 deposit across the model range including the Clio, Captur, Kadjar, Megane, Koleos, Scenic and Grand Scenic. All cars come with 5 years’ warranty and 5 years’ roadside assistance as standard. On the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40, customers can avail of 0% APR HP. These offers are available on all new car registrations from now until 31st July.

SEAT

Until July 31st, there's 0% PCP finance on selected SEAT models. Monthly repayments on SEAT’s SUV range start from €219 for the Arona, from €289 on the Ateca and from €349 on the new Tarraco, which includes a 3-year service plan. Monthly repayments on the SEAT Ibiza and SEAT Leon start from €189 and €239. There are also trade-in bonuses of €1,000 on the Arona, €2,000 on the Ibiza, Ateca and Tarraco and €3,000 on the Leon.

Toyota

Trade-in boosters of up to €3,000, and APRs from 2.9% on passenger cars as part of Toyota's 192 offers. 3 years servicing as standard. Toyota's New Generation promotion runs from 5th – 8th June in dealerships with the full range of new generation self-charging hybrid and petrol models available for test drive.

Volkswagen

PCP finance from 0% APR. Purchase contributions of up to €2500. Service plan packs, R-Line model upgrades and technology upgrades also available. Finance offer only available on new retail sales ordered before June 30th.

 


Motor tax rates for private cars registered in Ireland

Irish Motor Tax Rates

Motor tax rates for private cars registered in Ireland
Motor tax rates for private cars registered in Ireland

In Ireland, motor tax for privately owned cars is calculated in two different ways, depending on the age of your vehicle. Please scroll down to view our simple list of Irish motor tax rates.

If your car was registered before July 2008, the motor tax rate is calculated based on the engine capacity.

If your car was registered on or after 1st July 2008, the motor tax rate is calculated based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle.

Irish Motor Tax Rates - CO2 Emissions

Band CO2 Emissions Annual Rate
A0 0 €120
A1 1-80g €170
A2 81-100g €180
A3 101-110g €190
A4 111-120g €200
B1 121-130g €270
B2 131-140g €280
C 141-155g €390
D 156-170g €570
E 171-190g €750
F 191-225g €1200
G More than 225g €2350

Irish Motor Tax Rates - Engine Size

Engine Capacity (CC) Annual Rate
Not over
1,000
€199
1,001 to
1,100
€299
1,101 to
1,200
€330
1,201 to
1,300
€358
1,301 to
1,400
€385
1,401 to
1,500
€413
1,501 to
1,600
€514
1,601 to
1,700
€544
1,701 to
1,800
€636
1,801 to
1,900
€673
1,901 to
2,000
€710
2,001 to
2,100
€906
2,101 to
2,200
€951
2,201 to
2,300
€994
2,301 to
2,400
€1,034
2,401 to
2,500
€1,080
2,501 to
2,600
€1,294
2,601 to
2,700
€1,345
2,701 to
2,800
€1,391
2,801 to
2,900
€1,443
2,901 to
3,000
€1,494
3,001 or
more
€1,809
Electric €120

For more information on taxing a vehicle in Ireland visit Citizens Information and Motor Tax Online.


The new BMW 1 Series

New BMW 1 Series Coming To Ireland In September

The new BMW 1 Series
The new BMW 1 Series

The new BMW 1 Series will arrive in Ireland in September, priced from €31,675 on the road for the 116d.

This new generation of BMW's hatchback has a sportier design along with improved handling and agility.  More powerful and more efficient engines are combined with new technology highlights such as BMW Head-up display, BMW Digital Key, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and BMW Live Cockpit Plus.

There's more boot and interior space thanks to a front-wheel-drive architecture with transverse engines and a lower centre tunnel. Luggage compartment capacity rises by 20 litres to 380 litres.

The new BMW 1 Series will be offered in SE, Sport and M Sport trims as well as the range-topping M135i xDrive.

The all-new BMW 1 Series is powered by three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines at launch. Petrol models start from €33,205 for the 118i.

The 118i's 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine puts out 140hp with CO2 emissions reduced by 29g. The BMW 116d is powered by a 1.5-litre 116hp three-cylinder engine and according to BMW returns up to 61.4 mpg with CO2 emissions of 103-100g/km.

There's a 6 speed manual gearbox and a new 7 speed Steptronic automatic available.

The new BMW 1 Series is available to order now from your local BMW dealer.


Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country

Nissan To Host Electric Vehicle (EV) Information Events

Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country
Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles across its dealer network

Nissan will host a series of information events across its Irish dealer network to provide car buyers and local businesses with everything they need to know to make the switch to zero emissions EV driving.

Sales of electric vehicles are now at a record high in Ireland with sales up 308% to 1,731 units so far this year. Nissan has organised the Nissan Electric Dealer Event between June 4th to 16th .

“We are at an inflection point for EV sales and motorists clearly understand the environmental benefits of switching to EV driving, although the decision to switch often comes with many questions around cost savings, battery life, range and charging,” explained Neil O’Sullivan, Head of Sales and Business Development at Nissan Ireland.

“We have organised The Nissan Electric Dealer Event across our dealer network to share our expertise as EV pioneers and to provide customers with a wider opportunity to meet their local Nissan dealer, to put any and all questions that they may have about driving electric to them and to test drive the 100% electric Nissan LEAF,” he added.

Nissan’s EV experts will be on hand to explain the Government incentives that are currently available to EV drivers, including the SEAI purchase grant of €5,000, the additional €7,000 SEAI grant for taxi drivers, reduced road tolls and the convenience of free on-street parking.

In addition, business owners can find out about the introduction of 0% BIK, accelerated capital allowances and other advantages of switching to an electric vehicle.


The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

2019 Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Boosterjet Review

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara
The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

Caroline drives the 2019 Suzuki Vitara!

The Suzuki
Vitara has status as a bit of a legend. Debuting in 1988, early iterations of
the Vitara had boxy, utilitarian attitude by the bucketloads. In fact it’s not
uncommon to see some late 80s and early 90s models still on the road.

Over the years, the Suzuki Vitara has morphed to suit the rise in popularity of the ‘soft-roader’ and SUV. Softer around the edges, it’s probably reached its meekest form in the current generation of the car. That’s not an insult, and it’s great to see Suzuki adapting their Vitara to suit market trends. With pricing starting from €20,995, the Vitara is now scrapping it out with the other compact crossover. But while most of its competitors have been spawned from superminis, I was delighted to find that the Vitara still has a whiff of its tough early roots about it.

The Suzuki Vitara is available from €20,995
The Suzuki Vitara is available from €20,995

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

In early 2019, Suzuki refreshed the Vitara range with styling upgrades, new engines and more technology and safety features. That’s good for Vitara fans.

On the
outside the 2019 Suzuki Vitara has a more elegant front face with redesigned
grille and lower bumper, and the rear lamps have now been redesigned with a
distinctive LED display. There is something charming about the Vitara’s
presence, and while the back of the car is a little too generic for my liking,
you can’t deny that there is a plucky toughness to this car that is missing
from many rivals.

There are also two new colours for 2019, including Solar Yellow Pearl and Ice Greyish Blue, the latter of which is particularly fashionable!

The interior of the 2019 Suzuki Vitara
The interior of the 2019 Suzuki Vitara

Inside the 2019 Suzuki Vitara

In Ireland the Suzuki Vitara is sold in three trim levels: SZ4 (from €20,995), SZT (from €22,995) and SZ5 (from €26,495).

Inside
there is new seat trim design and suede seat fabric fitted on SZ5 models. The
upper instrument panel is upgraded to a soft touch material and the instrument
cluster now features a central colour information display. There are still
plenty of hard plastics about the cabin but it’s simple and inoffensive with
good levels of standard equipment. Bluetooth, alloy wheels, electric windows,
cruise control and climate control are fitted as standard on all models, while
smartphone link audio and navigation is fitted as standard on SZ-T and SZ5
grade.

SZ5 also adds Dual Sensor Brake Support (also on SZ-T ALLGRIP models), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Interior space is good for this class of vehicle. There is good room to stretch out in the back and there is also a practical 375 litre boot, comparative to any hatchback. Lots of headroom all round too.

Rear seating in the Suzuki Vitara
Rear seating in the Suzuki Vitara

What are my engine options?

Engines for the Vitara range now include the excellent 1.0-litre (111hp) and 1.4-litre (140hp) turbocharged petrol engines with Boosterjet technology, seen already on other models in the Suzuki range like the Swift and S-Cross. The 1.0-litre petrol comes with a 5 speed manual or automatic gearbox, while the 1.4 litre petrol is available with a 6 speed manual or automatic gearbox. ALLGRIP ‘Select’ four wheel drive is also available from €28,495.

My test car was the Suzuki Vitara 1.0 SZT with a list price of €22,995. This 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine suits the car well and has adequate power and performance. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.2l/100km.

Driving the Suzuki Vitara

You sit higher in the Vitara than in some of the more low slung hatchback-based crossovers. The little Vitara is fun to drive and grips the tarmac willingly with light but precise steering and not too much body roll. There is some road noise at high speeds and the suspension picks up some disturbances over uneven tarmac but overall the Vitara is a surprisingly good compact crossover.

The Suzuki Vitara is perhaps a slightly offbeat choice in the compact crossover segment. Yet it’s very enjoyable to drive and has its own charm. It’s good value with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine and comes well equipped with plenty of space. If you are in the market for a small SUV, the Vitara is definitely worth a test drive – it could win you over very quickly!

The Suzuki Vitara is a fun little crossover for the compact class
The Suzuki Vitara is a fun little crossover for the compact class

Caroline Kidd

Model
tested: 
Suzuki
Vitara 1.0 SZT
Price:
€22,995 (from €20,995)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
111 hp
Torque: 160 Nm
0-100km/h: 
12.5 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Fuel economy:
5.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
121g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


The new Skoda Karoq Sportline

2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline

The new Skoda Karoq Sportline
The new Skoda Karoq Sportline

Caroline drives the 2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline!

Skoda has been competing in the compact SUV segment in Ireland with the new Karoq for over a year now. In 2019 the Karoq range has expanded again with the launch of the Skoda Karoq Sportline, which brings a little extra ‘oomph’ to the Karoq’s SUV offering!

Available from €34,100, the Karoq Sportline is positioned at the top end of the Karoq range and is available with a 1.5-litre TSI (150hp) turbo petrol engine, and 1.6-litre (115hp) and 2.0-litre (150hp) diesels. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard but a 7 speed automatic transmission and four wheel drive are also available.

The Skoda Karoq Sportline starts from €34,100
The Skoda Karoq Sportline starts from €34,100

Sporty features inside and out

For a sporty appearance, the Karoq Sportline gets special sports bumpers including rear diffuser, black radiator grille, tinted windows, black door mirrors, black roof rails, LED headlamps and 18-inch ‘Mytikas’ black alloys wheels.

Inside,
there are front sports seats with contrasting silver stitch, a multifunction
sports steering wheel in perforated black leather, black headliner, carbon
effect inserts in the dash, LED interior lighting pack, aluminium door sills with
Sportline logo and aluminium sports pedals.

The interior of the Skoda Karoq has a simple layout built around an 8” touchscreen that pairs seamlessly with smartphones. The perceived quality is good for the segment and the Sportline treatment adds a pleasant injection of atmosphere to the cabin of the Karoq.

The interior of the Skoda Karoq Sportline
The interior of the Skoda Karoq Sportline

What do you get?

Standard equipment includes dual zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, parking camera and a driving mode selector. The test car had the Skoda Virtual Cockpit added as an option for €594. It adds a cool and modern finish to the cabin with five different views to choose from.

The Karoq
Sportline has been dolled up but thankfully retains all the practical features
of the standard compact SUV. It will seat five with plenty of head and legroom
in the rear. The boot is also very generous at 521 litres.

My test car was fitted with a 2.0TDI diesel with 150hp and in Sportline guise has a list price of €35,160. This engine has loads of power and flexibility, and offers decent refinement. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.0l/100km and motor tax is €270 per year.

The Skoda Karoq Sportline comes with petrol and diesel engine options
The Skoda Karoq Sportline comes with petrol and diesel engine options

Driving the 2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline

On the road, the Skoda Karoq Sportline delivers an agile and composed drive, as we have come to expect from Skoda. Comfort and refinement are also on par with rivals so it falls neatly into the segment, and should fit the requirements of most compact SUV buyers.

The Skoda Karoq Sportline adds a lot to the Karoq offering. Visually it’s a very appealing car, especially in red. It has loads of standard equipment and a suitably atmospheric interior also.

Underneath the Karoq has the basics covered in that it’s a spacious and comfortable family SUV. Sportline just gives it that extra bit of visual appeal to give it a hand to stand out in the segment.

The Skoda Karoq gets a pleasant injection of attitude in Sportline trim
The Skoda Karoq gets a pleasant injection of attitude in Sportline trim

Caroline Kidd

Model
tested: 
Skoda
Karoq Sportline
Price:
€35,160 (Range from €28,350)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
150 hp
Torque: 340 Nm
0-100km/h:  
9 seconds
Top speed: 205 km/h
Fuel economy:
5.6 - 6.0l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
123g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year