New 188 bhp engine will be offered for versions the Karoq and Kodiaq.

Skoda has introduced a new, more powerful petrol engine for certain models in its Karoq and Kodiaq SUV ranges.

The new 2-litre turbocharged motor produces 188 bhp, and is the same tried-and-tested unit seen in other models across the Volkswagen Group. It has already found a home in the VW Tiguan and T-Roc, as well as the new Seat Tarraco, and Skoda says it offers “agile performance with exceptional refinement and efficiency”.

For Karoq customers, the new engine will be offered solely in the performance-orientated SportLine model, with prices starting from £31,820. That money buys you a seven-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and a seven-second 0-62 mph sprint, plus claimed fuel economy of around 33 mpg and CO2 emissions of 158 g/km.

Skoda Karoq Sportline

And as with all Karoq SportLine variants, you also get sports bumpers and black trim designed to show off the car’s sporty side. Nineteen-inch two-tone alloy wheels are standard, as is the aluminium pedals. The driver and front passenger sit in “sports comfort” seats, while the driver gets a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel with audio controls and white contrast stitching.

There’s a range of gizmos, too, including the two-zone climate control and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, complete with satellite navigation. A reversing camera is also included in the price, alongside automatic lights and wipers, heated seats and a large panoramic sunroof.

Skoda Karoq Sportline

Those opting for the larger Kodiaq, however, will get more choice. Prices start from £34,120 for the seven-seat SE L model, which comes with keyless entry, two-zone climate control and satellite navigation. However, if you want a bit more to play with, Skoda will also sell you the same engine in rugged Scout form, as well as in the Edition, SportLine and L&K models. The most expensive of these is the £38,770 L&K, which offers leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and a host of cameras to aid manoeuvring.

But whichever model you opt for, you get the same four-wheel-drive system and seven-speed automatic transmission you’ll find in the Karoq. In the larger, heavier Kodiaq, those three combine to achieve a 7.7-second sprint to 62 mph, but if you’re less aggressive with your right foot, Skoda claims you’ll manage something in the region of 31 mpg and CO2 emissions of 162 g/km.

2018 Skoda Kodiaq L&K

Both the Karoq and Kodiaq are now available to order in 188 bhp guise, although due to the slight discrepancy between imperial and metric horsepower, the car wears the ‘TSI 190’ badge.

Gallery: Skoda Kodiaq Scout