Skoda SE Drives a bargain


03 March 2020

SKODA is adding a new feature-packed SE Drive trim and equipment level to its Fabia, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges.

Kicking off the new range is the Fabia SE Drive, whose specification is based on the SE model but adds 16-inch Aronia alloy wheels, special fabric upholstery and dashboard decor. There is also an Amundsen satellite navigation system with Infotainment Online for the first year plus front and rear parking sensors. Also included are a surround-sound package with six speakers, smartlink+ for connectivity with mobile devices, air conditioning and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel.

The SE Drive trim level can also be specified on both the Fabia hatch and estate models and is available with three engine options. Power outputs range from 60bhp to 110bhp whilst prices range from £14,865 for the 1.0-litre 60bhp petrol model to £18,290 for the 1.0-litre 110bhp version.

In the case of the larger Karoq SE Drive range standard equipment includes 17-inch Aero alloy wheels plus distinctive SE Drive upholstery and LED ambient lighting. Amundsen satellite navigation with Infotainment Online for the first year, a colour trip computer, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are also included. This extra kit would normally cost SE buyers an additional £1,345 in options but at £855 in the case of the SE Drive, the saving is £365.

The Karoq SE Drive is offered with a choice of two petrol engines with outputs of 115bhp and 150bhp, plus two diesels with identical power outputs. The 2.0-litre TSI 150bhp petrol and the 1.6-litre TDI 115bhp diesel can both be ordered with a seven-speed DSG transmission. Prices for the Karoq SE Drive are from £23,385 for the 1.0-litre 115bhp model to £26,700 for the 2.0-litre turbodiesel 115bhp DSG.

Topping the new SE Drive range is the Kodiaq model. Available with two engine options comprising a 1.5-litre 150bhp petrol with a choice of manual and DSG transmissions and a 2.0-litre 150bhp turbodiesel  with the DSG gearbox only, the Kodiaq SE Drive comes loaded with standard kit. This includes an Amundsen satellite navigation system with Infotainment Online for a year, a colour trip computer, rear view camera, rear LED tail-lights and front and rear parking sensors.

Buyers also get 19-inch Aero alloy wheels, special fabric upholstery, a glossy black decor and LED ambient lighting.

Combined, this extra kit would normally cost SE buyers an additional £1,850 in options. With the SE Drive costing £1,485 more than the standard SE, the saving is £365. Prices for the Kodiaq SE Drive range from £28,610 for the 1.5-litre 150bhp manual version up to £31,915 for the 150bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel with the DSG transmission.

All SE Drive models are available to order from this week, with first deliveries due from the middle of March.