Skoda Karoq Sportline pairs dynamic design with more powerful gasoline engine

It’s the only Karoq that can be had with a 2.0-liter TSI making 190 hp

Fresh from the debut of the Karoq Scout, Skoda announces a new trim level for its compact SUV, the Karoq Sportline.

As with the already available Kodiaq Sportline, the new grade for the Karoq targets customers who want their SUV to look sportier. The Karoq Sportline accomplishes that courtesy of more dynamic bumpers, 18-inch “Mytikas” alloy wheels (or optional 19-inch “Vega” rims), tinted windows, black roof rails, and body color trim.

Inside, the black sports seats with contrasting silver stitch are made from three-ply air-permeable Thermoflux fabric and feature lumbar support — the rear seats are fixed. Another interior highlight is the multifunction sports steering wheel covered with perforated black leather with silver stitching. The pedals with stainless steel elements, black headliner, black roof pillars and LED package with ambient lighting round off the interior updates.

As for equipment, the Karoq Sportline can be had with the optional Virtual Cockpit, which features an additional fifth display mode specifically for this trim level. The mode features the rev counter and the current speed in the center. An LTE module, Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless charging are also on offer, while the driving mode selection is standard — as is the  electronic stability control (ESC) with two-stage configuration.

By now you must be wondering whether the Karoq Sportline is all show and no extra go. That’s partially true, because the new model offers exclusive access to the most powerful gasoline engine in the series, a 2.0-liter TSI that makes 190 metric horsepower. The unit is mated as standard to a seven-speed DSG and four-wheel drive.

Customers also have the choice of a 190-hp 2.0-liter TDI also mated to a seven-speed DSG and four-wheel drive, a 150-hp 2.0-liter TDI with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, and a 150-hp 1.5-liter TSI also with manual transmission and FWD. Both 150-hp engines can be optionally had with DSG and four-wheel drive.

The 2018 Skoda Karoq Sportline will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and will go on sale shortly after.

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