Petrol power for Skoda Kodiaq and Karoq

28 March 2019

SKODA has added a new engine alternative to its Karoq and Kodiaq ranges of SUV models that aims to offer the best of both worlds.

The new petrol option makes it the fastest Karoq of all, yet the vehicle averages more than 30mpg.

This is despite raid acceleration to 60mph in seven seconds via a seven-speed automatic DSG transmission and four wheel drive.

The new two-litre 190bhp engine is a response to increased demand for petrol power rather than diesel, which is in steady decline following environmental concerns.

In the case of the Karoq the new engine is offered in SportLine form, with prices starting at £31,820. The engine generates 320Nm of torque, or pulling power from just 1,400rpn, making it an ideal towing vehicle.

The official economy figure is 33mph, with a CO2 rating of 158g/km.

In the Kodiaq, the new engine is offered on the SE L, Scout, SportLine, Edition and L&K equipment levels and is also fitted with the seven-speed DSG and four-wheel drive as standard. Kodiaq models with the new engine start at £34,120 for the seven-seat SE L model up to £38,770 for the seven-seat L&K version.

The Kodiaq takes 7.7 seconds to reach 60mph and economy is 32mpg for the SE L version, with a CO2 rating of 162g/km.

The new engine option follows the arrival of a new more rugged version of the Karoq in the guise of the Scout, which gets all-wheel drive, plus a more purposeful stance to match its off-road aspirations.

It lines up alongside the Octavia Scout and Kodiaq Scout models, and comes with a choice of two petrol engines and two diesel options.

In addition to the 2.0-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre petrol unit generating 150bhp linked to a seven-speed DSG transmission, there is a 150bhp diesel option with a manual six-speed gearbox as standard

This version also comes with a seven-speed DSG option and lines up alongside an even more powerful oil burner.

This is the 190bhp version of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel coupled to the  DSG automatic transmission as standard.

To make the Scout look the part it gets chrome and silver-coloured bodywork elements, distinctive wheel arch linings and anthracite 19-inch ‘Crater’ alloy wheels.

Tinted windows and Scout logos on the front mudguards round off the more powerful look outside, whilst the interior gets enhancements too.

The seats are given newly-designed covers with black-brown contrasting seams and are also embroidered with Scout lettering. There is a multifunction leather steering wheel, plus pedals with stainless steel elements and an LED package that includes ambient lighting.

Drivers can individually configure the so-called Virtual Cockpit, which includes a driving mode selection with an off-road setting.

The vehicle also comes with an optional LTE module to create 4G connectivity together with Wi-Fi hotspot that means occupants can be permanently on-line via their devices.

It also boasts a rear boot that can be opened via a foot movement below the sensor, plus a myriad of storage spaces around the vehicle, including nets on the front seats and centre console.