The new Peugeot 308 is a stylish companion to modern life

Peugeot 308 Goes On Sale (2022)

The new Peugeot 308
The new Peugeot 308 has arrived in Ireland

The new Peugeot 308 hatchback has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €31,765. The new generation of Peugeot's compact car will be available with petrol and diesel engines, and for the first time ever, as a plug-in hybrid. An electric 308 will follow in late 2023.

The new 308 is the first model in the Peugeot range to use the French brand's new logo and in Ireland it will be sold in three grades: Active, Allure and GT.

What's new for the Peugeot 308?

The 55 mm extended wheelbase of the new generation 308 stretches the car's silhouette and offers more space for rear passengers. The 20 mm height reduction combined with a soft nose visually lengthens the bonnet. The boot volume is now 412 litres, while with the rear seats folded, the maximum load is 1,323 litres.

LED light technology features across the range and contributes to the identity of the new 308, alongside hook-shaped daytime running lights on the front bumper. On the GT model, the full LED headlamps are even thinner, with Peugeot Matrix LED technology for greater efficiency and safety. The rear lights are also LED technology with a modern, brand-specific claw-like light signature.

The new 308 is available in seven colours including Olivine Green, Vertigo Blue, Elixir Red, Pearl White, Ice White, Artense Grey,and Perla Nera Black.

The interior of the new Peugeot 308
The interior of the new Peugeot 308

The new Peugeot 308 uses the brand's latest generation of the Peugeot i-cockpit® with a 10" digital panel and enhanced features across the range. The new compact steering wheel includes sensors that can detect the driver's grip on the steering wheel when using the new driving aids.

The new infotainment system can store up to eight driver profiles and responds to commands of 'Ok Peugeot'. Wireless smartphone mirroring now features and it is possible to connect two phones via Bluetooth at the same time.

New equipment and plug-in hybrid for the first time

New equipment features include long-range blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, high-definition 180° reversing camera with integrated cleaning nozzle, 360° parking assistance with 4 cameras (front, rear and side), proximity hands-free start access, a fully heated windshield and steering wheel, and automatically tilting rear view mirrors when reverse gear is engaged.

The new Peugeot 308 is built from an evolution of the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) multi-energy platform, so it can accommodate electrified powertrains. All models use an automatic transmission.

The 308 range kicks off in Ireland with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130 hp, priced from €31,765. A 1.5-litre diesel with 130 hp is available from €33,515.

There will be two new Peugeot 308 plug-in hybrids available from launch, with 180 hp (from €40,785) or 225 hp (from €48,785 in GT trim only).

The plug-in hybrids use a 12.4 kWh battery with a driving range of up to 60 km (WLTP) on electric power. A 3.7 kW charger comes as standard, charging the 308's battery to full in 7 hours from a standard socket. There's also the option of a 7.4 kW charger for a full charge in 1 hour and 45 minutes from a 7.4 kW wall box.

A new Peugeot 308 SW will follow in July and will cost €1000 more.

The Peugeot 308 SW will join the range in July
The Peugeot 308 SW will join the range in July

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS now on sale in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQS On Sale

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS now on sale in Ireland
The new Mercedes-Benz EQS now on sale in Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS has arrived in Ireland, a new flagship premium electric car for the German brand.

The arrival of the EQS also increases to six the number of electric EQ models the brand now markets in Ireland, including SUVs like the EQA, EQB, and EQC, as well as the recently launched EQE business saloon, and the EQV people carrier.

In Ireland the new Mercedes-Benz EQS comes in a choice of two model variants: the EQS 450+ (with rear axle eATS electric motor) priced at €129,965; and a EQS Mercedes-AMG 53 4MATIC+all-wheel-drive version (with motors on front and rear axles) priced at €180,015. Powering them are Mercedes-Benz’s own-manufactured batteries.

Helped by lightweight components and Cd value from 0.20, the new EQS has a driving range of up to 735 kms (WLTP), with a power output of up to 245 kW (333 bhp) and a quoted top speed limited to 210km/h. Electrical consumption is 18.9-16.2kWh/100km.

The EQS uses a new ‘modular’ construction method likely to be used in future battery-electric vehicles, with a cab-forward design and coupé-like exterior. The headlight design, wheels and black panel front with ‘star’ inset link it to other members of the Mercedes-EQ family.

Inside, a keynote feature is the optional concave dash-mounted MBUX infotainment ‘Hyperscreen’ whose curved and flexed surface appears to float across the full width of the vehicle. Now equipped with artificial intelligence and a ‘learning’ capability, it supports the driver in numerous additional ways beyond what was possible previously.

There's also a 15-speaker surround sound system. Motors in the seats deliver up to ten different massage programmes, while seat heating and inflatable air chambers replicate the body-soothing effects of a ‘hot stones’ treatment.

Reproduced on interior trim, wheels, and fascia is a Mercedes-Benz ‘pattern’ design based on a three dimensional star motif first featured on a 1911 Daimler trademark.

The new flagship EQS includes 40 new inventions and 20 new design applications.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQE Arrives In Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland
The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €85,980.

The EQE is the latest model to launch here from the Mercedes EQ brand of electric vehicles. The new electric business saloon from Mercedes-Benz is built on electric architecture developed specifically for electric vehicles that also underpins the larger EQS.

Available in numerous styling and specifications lines, the new Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ version is expected to be of most interest to the Irish market. Priced from €85,980, the EQE 350's battery has a usable energy content of 90 kWh, combined electrical consumption rated at 22.5-19.7 kWh/100 km, and 215 kW of power. Range is given up to 654km (WLTP).

At launch, there will also be the AMG EQE 43 with 350 kW of power and priced at €120,180.

Coming later will be a EQE 500 (300kW) and AMG EQE 53 (with up to 505kW), both equipped with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Slightly shorter than EQS in terms of overall length, EQE is said to be comparable to the CLS in terms of its outer dimensions and visual appeal. Its aerodynamic design is reflected in sculpted surfaces. Other features include flush mounted 19 to 21-inch wheels, short front
overhangs, and sharp rear spoiler.

Inside, the EQE has been designed for a spacious executive interior, with an overall boot capacity of 430 litres. Interior design and equipment levels are heavily influenced by the larger EQS, including the availability of the MBUX 'Hyperscreen', automatic comfort doors and rear-axle steering.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said:

“Amongst dealers and customers, initial reaction to the coming of EQE has been extremely positive. We are confident EQE will be another electric powered winner as motorists convert to more eco-friendly motoring in ever increasing numbers.”

The new EQE will join the recently launched Mercedes-Benz EQS, as well as the brand's range of electric SUVs including the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQV.

Women@SIMI 2022

Women@SIMI Takes Place In Dublin

Women@SIMI 2022
Sharon Keegan, founder Peachy Lean, Lucy Gaffney, Director Digicel Group, Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, and Anne Cassin Master of Ceremonies.

The 2022 Women@SIMI event has taken place in Dublin. It coincides with the release of a new survey carried out by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), which finds that 71% of women would recommend a career in the Industry to others.

The survey of 140 women from across the industry was carried out as part of SIMI’s on-going drive to encourage more women to join what has traditionally been viewed as a male-dominated sector.

The 7th Annual Women@SIMI event took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, and featured a panel of guest speakers: Anne Cassin, Master of Ceremonies; Lucy Gaffney, current Director of Digicel Group; and Sharon Keegan, founder of female-led athleisure wear company Peachy Lean.

The survey found that 67% of respondents believe that women have become more visible in the industry in recent years. While 67% of respondents said that their companies have increased the number of new female employees recruited in the last 3 years.

However, over half of survey respondents believe that women are under-represented in their organisation, while 40% said that women did not have the same opportunities for advancement as men in their companies.

Also, just 26% of survey respondents identified themselves as being at Director/Board level in their organisation. This is lower than the national average of 30%.

When asked about what factors could help progress women in leadership roles, a change in cultural perception of the automotive industry overall came out on top, followed by a more flexible working environment, greater management support, leadership skills/training along with mentorship.

Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, said:

“Research has shown that female employees contribute significantly to the long-term success of any company, yet the motor industry is lagging behind many other sectors in terms of gender diversity. While our research found that the majority of female employees have seen positive changes for women over the past three years, under-representation of women across the board, and particularly at senior levels, is clearly evident.

However, what’s encouraging is the fact that almost 86% of respondents feel supported by their male colleagues and this support is critical to the success of gender diversity initiatives. While there’s no doubt that progress has taken place over recent years, with greater visibility of women than ever in the industry, we still have a long way to go in terms of addressing the inherent gender imbalance. We must continue to stress that this is not just an industry for men and highlight the diverse range of roles and opportunities on offer for women if we are to reap the proven rewards of increased female participation in our sector. We need to plan for the future – a future that will hopefully mean a greater number of women joining us and more women taking on senior roles and making strategic decisions for their companies."

Derek McDermott, Managing Director of event sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance, said:

“In both the Banking Industry and Motor Industry, we have a way to go in the whole area of gender diversity.  We need to ensure that there are meaningful careers for women across our organisations and while we have made good progress, there is so much more to do. Bank of Ireland is proud to be a sponsor of this event - a tangible demonstration of the fact that we take the issue of gender diversity very seriously.”

The new Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya Coming Soon To Ireland

The new Nissan Ariya
The new Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ireland has confirmed that the new Nissan Ariya will go on sale priced from €48,995 when it arrives here in June.

What we know about new Ariya

The new Nissan Ariya will be available in Ireland with two battery options. There's a 63 kWh battery that delivers a range of 402 kilometres and an 87 kWh battery that offers a range of 529 kilometres. Models are two wheel drive as standard with e-4ORCE, Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel drive technology available also.

A Combined Charging System (CCS) will be available on Ariyas sold in Europe to facilitate fast charging. The Nissan Ariya has a 7.4 kW on board charger for AC charging. A 22 kW will be available from December as an option. The Ariya can also support fast charging up to 130 kW.

Nissan is launching the new Ariya in two trim levels: Advance and Evolve.

Pricing will start for the entry grade 63 kWh Nissan Ariya Advance from €48,995. At the moment we know that the top of the range 87 kWh Ariya Evolve will be priced at €66,995.

The interior of the new Ariya features a minimalist dashboard. For example primary control functions vibrate when touched and only appear when the car is switched on. The reimagined interior allows for an entirely flat floor with a wide, open lounge-like experience and spacious cabin.

Inside the new Ariya
Inside the new Ariya

Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto come as standard. There's also a wireless phone charger and intelligent personal assistance technology.

Nissan’s Safety Shield System includes Intelligent 360° Around View Monitor, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Cruise Control and Lane Intervention. There's also Intelligent Emergency Braking (Pedestrian & Cyclist Detection, Junction Assist), Rear Emergency Braking and cross traffic alert technology.

Anything else?

Other standard features include ProPilot with Navi-Link, and the e-Pedal. ProPilot helps drivers stay centred in their lane, navigate stop-and-go motorway traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance to the vehicle ahead. e-Pedal, which is also available in the Nissan LEAF, allows drivers to launch, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator.

The top of the range 87 kWh Ariya Evolve comes with part PVC/Synthentic suede seats, Intelligent Rear View Mirror, a Heads Up Display (HUD) and ProPILOT Park. There's also ventilated (heat and cooled) front seats, heated rear seats, power memory mirrors, power memory driver and passenger 8-way seats, a DAB and Bose 10-speaker sound system and an openable panoramic sunroof.

Seamus Morgan, Managing Director of Nissan Ireland, said:

“Nissan invented the crossover segment with the Nissan Qashqai in 2007 and started the journey to electrification when it launched the mass market Nissan LEAF in 2010. The all new Ariya builds on our success, key strengths and pioneering expertise and we expect that it will quickly establish itself as one of the best-selling EVs on Irish roads.”

“There is massive interest in this car and we have launched an extensive national roadshow to showcase it to customers at local Nissan dealerships. This car will be at the heart of the accelerated shift towards electric driving that we are now witnessing in Ireland. Its arrival is also a key element of Nissan’s strategy to electrify its range and to increase its electrification sales mix across Europe by more than 75% by 2026,” he added.

The new Ariya electric crossover from Nissan is available for pre-orders now.

The new Ariya will go on sale priced from €48,995
The new Ariya will go on sale priced from €48,995

Oliver Loomes, CEO eir, Chris Kelly, Director at EasyGo and Ken Murnane, Mayor of Carlow.

Eir And EasyGo Launch New EV Chargers

Oliver Loomes, CEO eir, Chris Kelly, Director at EasyGo and Ken Murnane, Mayor of Carlow.
Oliver Loomes, CEO eir, Chris Kelly, Director at EasyGo and Ken Murnane, Mayor of Carlow.

Telecommunications company Eir and EasyGo have together launched the first of a new collection of electric vehicle chargers in locations replacing Eir telephone kiosks around Ireland.

County Carlow is the first location in Ireland to pioneer this new scheme.

Under the new partnership, seven new electric vehicle chargers have been installed around County Carlow, including Carlow Town, Tullow and Bagenalstown, at no cost to Carlow County Council.

They include a combination of dual 50kW DC chargers and 22kW AC chargers. The four chargers in Carlow Town can be found at Kennedy Street, Green Lane, and Green Bank Car Park, while a further three EV charging points installed in Tullow, Bagenalstown and Borris.

The new chargers are capable of charging two electric vehicles at the same time. The hardware platform of the EasyGo chargers allows for faster maintenance and improved service and reliability and are built for any environment.

The new chargers will form part of the EasyGo network, where EV users can pay for charging at more than 2,300 charge-points nationally.

Commenting on the installation of the first Eir / EasyGo charger, Chris Kelly, EasyGo Technical Director, said:

“EasyGo is on a mission to decarbonise transport, and our partnership with eir can go a long way to achieving that. Together we plan to replace up to 180 telephone kiosks with fast EV chargers at no cost to local authorities. In fact, we are pleased to report that we have active engagement with many councils across the country and will be making some announcements on those in the coming weeks. I would particularly like to congratulate County Carlow for pioneering this programme. By adding these seven new chargers in Carlow, Tullow, Bagenalstown and Borris, overnight County Carlow has become much more accessible for EV drivers. Providing EV infrastructure in both urban and rural Ireland is vital to achieving Climate Action Plan goals, and as Ireland’s largest network of EV charging stations, we are delighted to be leading that effort and helping EV drivers conveniently charge their cars. We welcome any inquiries from any local authority to our office in Maynooth, and our door is open to anyone who requires an EV charger installed!”

Cllr. Fintan Phelan, Cathaoirleach, Carlow County Council said:

“This joint initiative by eir, EasyGo and Carlow County Council to install state of the art new EV chargers is a great example of how organisations working together can improve the provision and rollout of much needed electric vehicle charging infrastructure in public areas which will be of great benefit and convenience to the public that are switching to electric vehicles while also contributing to achieving our ambitious climate action goals and targets.”

Oliver Loomes, CEO of eir, said:

“Electric vehicles are a critical part of the Government's Climate Action Plan which sets out a target of almost one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030. In order for Ireland to move to electric vehicles, we must have the required infrastructure in place, not just in cities, but across all of Ireland. We are proud to partner with EasyGo and Carlow County Council to assist in the installation of EV charging points across Carlow Town and County.

This new infrastructure will benefit the community similar to the way public payphone services once did. The chargers will not only benefit people living and working in Carlow, but those travelling through. Today we are in discussion with other County Councils across the country and we hope others will follow Carlow’s lead. Wherever possible we will replace unused eir payphone kiosks with rapid EV charging units, and we will continue to assist EasyGo and County Councils across Ireland to help to make the transition to electric vehicle ownership a viable alternative for people.”

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland

New Car Registrations Ireland April 2022

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has released the official 221 new vehicle registration figures for April. They show that new car registrations in April 2022 were up 10.3% (7,886) when compared to April 2021 (7,147).

Registrations year to date are up 4.7% (57,776) on the same period last year (55,177) and are 20.9% behind (73,030) that of pre-Covid levels in 2019.

The five bestselling car brands so far this year are: 1. Toyota, 2. Hyundai, 3. Kia, 4. Volkswagen and 5. Skoda.

The five bestselling cars so far this year are 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Toyota C-HR, 4. Toyota RAV4 and 5. Toyota Yaris.

For the month of April, 1,286 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 590 in April 2021. So far this year 7,524 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 3,406 in the same period 2021.

The five top electric cars sold so far this year are 1. Hyundai IONIQ 5, 2. Volkswagen ID.4, 3. Kia EV6, 4. Nissan Leaf, and 5. Tesla Model 3.

The bestselling car in April 2022 was the Hyundai Tucson.

Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share now of 43.89%.

Petrol continues to remain dominant in the Irish market with 27.23%. Diesel accounts for 26.40%, hybrid for 23.56%, electric for 13.02% and plug-in hybrid for 7.31%.

Used car imports for April (4,223) have seen a decrease of 25.6% on April 2021 (5,676). Year to date imports are down 34.2% (15,864) on 2021 (24,095).

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 31.8% (1,626) compared to April last year (2,383) and year to date are down 19.9% (10,992).

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 36.1% (209) in comparison to April 2021 (327). Year to date HGV's are down 15.9% (1,030).

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI said:

“While new car registrations in April saw a 10.3% increase on the same month last year and are up 4.7% year to date, overall registrations still remain 20.9% behind that of pre-COVID (2019) levels. The return to more normal new car sales levels is being hampered in the short term by both supply chain issues and the uncertain global political climate. Over the medium term both the high levels of vehicle taxation and the uncertainty over the continuation of electric vehicle supports has the potential to lead to the ongoing suppression of new vehicle demand. This will only make the ability to optimise the reduction in transport emissions more difficult. The increase in electric vehicle sales continues to be the one positive feature of the new car market, but this has only been possible due to the SEAI Grant supports for both cars and home charging. The continuation of these supports is simply vital if we want to get close to the EV targets outlined in the country’s Climate Action Plan.”

The new Dacia Jogger

Dacia Jogger Arrives In Ireland!

The new Dacia Jogger
The new Dacia Jogger

The new Dacia Jogger has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €23,290.

The Jogger is the brand's first 7-seat family car and offers the practicality of an estate car with rugged SUV-inspired design.

The new Dacia Jogger will join the popular Duster and Sandero/Sandero Stepway in the brand's Irish line-up.

Dacia Jogger price and equipment for Ireland

In Ireland the new Jogger is available in three trim levels – Essential, Comfort, and Extreme SE. There are just two options – metallic paint and a spare wheel.

Starting at €23,290, the Jogger Essential includes manual air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors, adjustable steering wheel, and automatic headlights. There are also front fog lights, electric front windows, Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS), and Dacia’s Media Control that uses the driver's smartphone as a screen.

From €25,090, the Jogger Comfort adds modular roof rails, body-coloured door handles, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera and 16-inch ‘Flex’ steel wheels. Inside there is a soft-feel steering wheel, satin chrome interior door handles, satin chrome and copper orange air vents, central armrest with storage, electric rear windows and one-touch operation on the front. There's also and electric parking brake, keyless entry, automatic air conditioning, blind spot warning, and Dacia’s 8-inch Media Display system. It comes with two USB ports and smartphone mirroring, including both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®.

The interior of the new Jogger
The interior of the new Jogger

At €26,590, the special edition Extreme SE adds 16-inch alloy wheels in a black finish, black roof bars and door mirrors, plus additional exterior styling elements unique to the model. The interior gains heated front seats, special floor and cargo mats, and Dacia’s Media Nav system. It has built-in navigation and wireless smartphone mirroring.

Anything else?

Based on the company’s modular CMF-B platform, the new Dacia Jogger features a unique rear module. It extends the car’s length to just over 4.5 metres, making it the longest model in the Dacia range. This extra length allows the Jogger to deliver the same level of versatility as many larger models.

With all seats in place, the boot offers 212-litres of storage space. This rises to 699-litres with the third-row seats folded.

At launch, the new Jogger is powered by Dacia’s new TCe 110 hp turbocharged petrol engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

It will be followed by a new hybrid in 2023 with 140 hp, the brand's first ever hybrid vehicle. This will also be the only automatic option in the range.

Dacia Ireland has also confirmed that the all-electric Dacia Spring will go on sale in Ireland in 2024.

The Jogger is on sale now
The Jogger is on sale now

The new BMW 7 Series will arrive in Ireland later in 2022

BMW 7 Series On The Way (2022)

The new BMW 7 Series will arrive in Ireland later in 2022
The new BMW 7 Series will arrive in Ireland later in 2022

BMW has taken the covers off the new BMW 7 Series, set for market launch at the end of 2022.

The latest generation of the brand’s flagship saloon will bring new levels of electrification, sustainability and digitalisation, including a new all electric BMW i7. There will also be two plug-in hybrids available.

Available exclusively in long-wheelbase form in either M Sport or Excellence specification, the new BMW 7 Series range comprises models from both the BMW i and BMW M brands.

The pure electric i7 xDrive60 will launch later this year, using a 101.7kWh battery and two electric motors. The range is expected to be between 590 and 625km, while the combined power output is over 544 hp. AC charging will be available for the i7 at a rate of up to 11 kW, while DC power can be taken on board at up to 195 kW.

The plug-in hybrid BMW 750e xDrive (490hp) and M760e xDrive (571hp) are set to follow in spring 2023, with an electric range of 80km expected.

The dedicated M Performance model will deliver 571hp, combining the performance characteristics of a BMW M model with plug-in hybrid technology.

The BMW i7 M70 xDrive flagship model with 600hp will follow later in 2023.

Inside the BMW 7 Series
Inside the BMW 7 Series

One of the main highlights of the equipment options that will be available in Ireland from Spring 2023 is the new BMW 7 Series is the BMW Theatre Screen. This includes a 31.3" 8K touchscreen display with Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system with optional in-seat exciters, built-in touch screen remotes in the door panels (BMW Touch Command), and an automated rear shade system that closes when the BMW Theatre Screen is turned on.

The new BMW 7 Series has grown by 130mm in length to 5,391mm, by 48mm in width to 1,950mm and by 51mm in height to 1,544mm. Its wheelbase is now 5mm longer at 3,215mm, whichenhances seating comfort in the rear. The headroom in the interior of the new BMW 7 Series has also been improved.

The new BMW 7 Series will be built at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, Germany. All electricity for the production of the new BMW 7 Series coming from renewable sources, while use of recycled and sustainable materials in the car has been significantly increased.

The new fully-electric BMW i7 xDrive60 is priced from €132,210 (RRP), with the first Irish deliveries expected to commence from December 2022.

The 7 Series will launch with electric and plug-in hybrid options
The 7 Series will be available with electric and plug-in hybrid options

The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq

ŠKODA Karoq Pricing For Ireland (2022)

The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq
The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq

The ŠKODA Karoq has been updated for 2022 and is available to order now.

ŠKODA Ireland has confirmed that the updated Karoq will go on sale priced from €33,750.

What's new for the Karoq in 2022?

Updates for 2022 include a more refined design language, sustainable materials, new technologies and a choice of efficient latest-generation EVO engines. It will be available in three trim lines - Ambition, Style and Sportline.

Since the launch of the Karoq in Ireland in 2017, more than 5,000 have found homes here. It was the brand's third most delivered model in the ŠKODA range in Ireland in 2021, after the Octavia and the Kodiaq.

New design details include a wider, now hexagonal ŠKODA grille, restyled front and rear aprons, as well as slimmer and sharper LED headlights and tail lights. The daytime running lights are now split in two. For the first time, the Karoq can be equipped with full-LED Matrix headlights - standard on Style and Sportline models.

Aerodynamics has been improved by more than 9% by new alloy wheels with Aero inserts, a longer rear spoiler, side finlets on the rear window and the now covered underbody.

The interior of the new Karoq
The interior of the new Karoq

There's also an increased range of assistance and safety systems.

Inside there is new decorative trim and upholstery options, which can be made from sustainable materials if selected. For example, in the Eco pack, the seat covers are partly made from recycled plastic juice bottles.

Optional extras to increase comfort include enhanced LED ambient lighting (standard on Style and Sportline models), which now also illuminates the rear door trim in one of ten colours, and the electrically adjustable front-passenger seat including a memory function.

Engines include one diesel and two petrol options, delivering power outputs ranging from 110bhp to 150bhp.

Pricing for the ŠKODA Karoq in Ireland

1.0TSI 110hpPetrolManual6-speed€33,750€37,750---
1.5TSI 150hpPetrolManual6-speed€35,975€41,495€43,770
1.5TSI 150hp DSGPetrolDSG (Auto)7-speed€38,360€43,585€45,855
2.0TDI 115hpDieselManual6-speed€34,900€39,420€41,225
2.0TDI 115hp DSGDieselDSG (Auto)7-speed€38,040€41,875€43,695
2.0TDI 150hpDieselManual6-speed€36,590€40,975€43,130
2.0TDI 150hp DSG 4X4DieselDSG (Auto)7-speed---€50,140---


The Karoq is available to order in Ireland now
The Karoq is available to order in Ireland now