Facelifted 2020 Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq announced
The revised Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs get tweaked styling, engine and technology updates for next year
The Skoda Karoq and Skoda Kodiaq SUVs will receive a mild facelift for 2020 with styling tweaks, updated technology and a new engine option. The revised models will arrive in dealerships later this year, with prices starting at around £22,000 for the Karoq and around £30,000 for the Kodiaq.
Styling updates will see both SUVs receive updated tailgate badging with “Skoda” lettering, as first seen on the Skoda Scala hatchback. Further styling additions to the Kodiaq include 20-inch alloy wheels. The Karoq also gets added luxury with optional temperature-regulating leather upholstery. A new option for both cars is an individual tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) for models fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels or larger.
Updated safety kit includes revisions to Skoda’s Side Assist advanced blind spot monitoring system, with both models getting an increased detection range up from 20 to 70 metres. The visible warning signals for this system have been relocated from the wing mirror glass to the inside of the wing mirrors, making them easier to see.
Front-wheel-drive versions of both the Karoq and Kodiaq are now available with Skoda’s optional adaptive chassis. This adds electronically adjustable suspension that automatically adjusts the ride and handling to the road conditions and chosen driving style. Drivers get a choice of three different driving modes as well.
The Karoq gets a new engine option with the addition to the range of a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel producing 187bhp. This engine is already available in the larger Kodiaq SUV, and can only be specified with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.