Skoda KaroqIn a sign of the brand’s growing ambition, Skoda has announced prices for its new Nissan Qashqai-rivalling Karoq – which start from almost £1,600 more than the top-selling British-built Nissan crossover SUV. 

The new Skoda Karoq goes on sale from 3 October, with the Czech firm promising excellent levels of equipment to justify starter prices of almost £21,000; all models feature climate control, rear privacy glass, 17-inch alloys and autonomous emergency braking.

That £19,295 Qashqai Visia? It doesn’t get alloy wheels, doesn’t get climate control… Skoda’s prices seem high but the equipment list reflects this.

The three-model Karoq range comprises SE, SE L and Edition; SE L adds bigger 18-inch alloys, sat nav, all-round parking sensors with reversing camera full LED headlights and posh Alcantara trim. It costs from £23,165.

The Edition is a launch special, which costs from £27,110. It adds 19-inch alloys, leather trim, panoramic glass roof and metallic paint. The SE L’s 8.0-inch Amunsden sat nav is upgraded to the 9.2-inch Columbus system, even more driver-assist systems are fitted and the interior is bathed in LED ambient lighting. 

Engines? There are four: 115hp 1.0-litre TSI turbo and 150hp 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol, a 1.6-litre TDI 115 and a 2.0-litre TDI 150. The latter comes with four-wheel drive; the others are front-wheel drive only, although every engine offers the choice of manual or DSG automatic gearbox. 

A Skoda Karoq Edition 2.0 TDI 150 4×4 sits at the top of the range, commanding a list price of more than £30,000: it’s only recently that Nissan, the mid-size crossover SUV pioneer, rolled out a Qashqai with an asking price of over £30k, showing just how confident Skoda is being with its new replacement to the Yeti (which cost from £17,110 – £3,765 less than the entry-level Karoq).

Following the opening of ordering early next month, first deliveries of the new Karoq will begin from January 2018.