Skoda Karoq Tuning

"Tuning guide to the best Skoda Karoq modifications."

We review Karoq tuning and summarise the premier mods that work. Skoda Karoqs are popular cars and with the right mods you can maximise your driving enjoyment.

The Karoq is a awesome tuning project to take up your weekends. We see many people wasting money on their Karoq doing the wrong mods and then having to start over. Follow our advice to avoid ruining your car

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Many Karoq owners uprate the handling of their cars with sports suspension upgrades as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car.

Putting a tiny bit of negative camber on the wheels and around 1 to 1.7 degrees of toe in to improve stability or toe out for better cornering, will often improve your Karoq in handling and cornering.

We suggest that you fit modified suspension and lower the car by 27mm - 44 mm. Larger drops require arch work - especially on models already equipped with motorsport suspension.

Don't just look at the peak power figures, you need to see the whole torque curve when determining if a mod is right for you Karoq.

Spending just a little bit of money on the best engine and handling parts should transform your car into a high performance car.

The best power gains come from larger engine sizes. The more you start with the bigger the return on investment so engine swaps are good value mods for small engined cars.

Engine Tuning.

The following uprated kits are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to push your car before you get going.

Getting the best performance upgrade kits for your planned usage of the car is essential. Stage 3 (competition) mods just don't work well on the road hard to control in slow traffic.

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Best Engine Mods for your car

  1. Mapping - remapping provides the most advantage in terms of cost savings,  aftermarket ECUs, and piggyback ECUs are all alternatives.
  2. Fast road cams are one of the most significant mechanical changes, but they must be installed by someone who knows what they're doing and they are not always easy to source but you might find a local firm to regrind a stock camshaft.
  3. Intake and Exhaust - Note that on their own these mods will NOT ADD POWER in most cases, but they can help enhance power after other mods by removing the restriction.
  4. Upgrades to turbochargers and superchargers - forced induction is the most efficient approach to increase air supply, allowing you to burn more fuel and make more power. It is one of the most costly upgrades but provides the best gains.
  5. Head work - The goals of porting and flowing the head are to get air flowing into the engine while removing flow restrictions and turbulence.

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Remap, Suspension upgrade (drop 27mm - 44 mm.), Panel air filter, Lighter flywheel, Sports exhaust, Alloy wheels.

Typical stage 2 mods often include: high flow fuel injector, fuel pump upgrades, Ported and polished head, Fast road cam, Power/Sport clutch.

Typical stage 3 mods often include: Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Competition cam, Engine balancing, Sports gearbox, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves).

Peak power is all well and good but for a daily driven car you need a long torque band and perhaps extending the rev range.

Engine swaps are quite popular mods for this model, here are engine guides to all the VAG engines we've covered.

In this article we shall give a little insight into the world to the best mods for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance modification.A fast road cam is generally one of the best NASP power mods you can do mechanically to your engine.

The exhaust and intake flow play a huge factor in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car challenging to drive in traffic. You'd need to follow a cam upgrade with other mods and finish with a remap for the best performance gains.

Don't forget to look at the fuelling when you are increasing the power - it makes the car more thirsty.

If you find you have flat spots and power surges after your upgrades you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. Improving the injectors is another beneficial modification and will deliver sufficient fuel.

A fuel pump will only deliver a finite amount of fuel, so you may need to uprate this if your injectors are demanding more fuel.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

The next area for modification is the intake and exhaust. Air induction kits only help to increase power if your cars air intake is struggling! Adding an induction kit to most stock engines will see NO LOW END POWER GAIN AT ALL. If you have heavily modified your engine and it's need for air INCREASES DRAMATICALLY then an induction kit is the answer and will help remove this restriction.

Derestricting the air flow into the engine is a primary goal of tuning so get a freer flowing air filter if you find that the car is running lean. Induction kits can sound sporty but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not add noticeable power and more often than not rob you of power on most cars.

Do not go with the largest exhaust you can find this will reduce the exhaust flow rate - the best for power gains are usually between 1.5 to 2.5 inches. It is the shape and material more than the bore size.

Getting a professionally ported and polished head with larger valves can fully maximise your power gains. In nearly all cases of Karoq tuning your clutch will start to complain and this should be improved - read our guide on clutches for more information. The best mods we would do for your Karoq are Remapping or piggy back ecu, fast road cam and air intake and exhaust.

Turbo engines are just asking to be Reprogrammed. You will see impressive power gains on most modern turbo engined cars including diesels making a remap one of the most cost effective and impressive modifications for your money.

We've also come across some owners playing with twincharged applications and making some seriously high power gains.

The most impressive power gains for NA (naturally aspirated) engines usually involve the addition of forced induction. Turbos are often harder to add than a supercharger. Turbos provide boost in increasing proportion to rising engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

It is more straightforward to map a supercharger because the boost is proportional to engine speed on a linear curve. Alternatively you could perhaps install water injection to reduce the risk of knock.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

As alloy wheels are lighter they improve performance and they will help to cool the brake disks. Pay attention to your choice of tyres (tires) for your car, a good soft compound tire can really enhance your cars handling. Please note that although they can look cool on the Karoq large alloys will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

Although some people have installed larger rims without issues we would stick to a 18 inch rim size as the maximum.

If you would like to know more, or just get some friendly advice on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Karoq options in more detail with our Karoq owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Skoda tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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