The SKODA Kodiaq is SKODA’s first step into the SUV segment. The SKODA Kodiaq makes fantastic use of interior space and can seat 5 or 7 passengers, with the third row of seats optional. It is longer than the Volkswagen Tiguan and shorter than the Kia Sorrento.
On the outside it’s a large SUV, while on the inside it’s a well-built practical family car. There’s plenty of space up front and you can easily fit three adults in the second row. The seats slide back and forth and the backrest decline for extra comfort too.
Up front, the Kodiaq is really nicely designed with a focus on materials and inlays to give an upmarket appearance. It has plenty of SKODA’s “Simply Clever” touches; umbrellas in the front doors, special cup holders that allow you to open a bottle one-handed, door protectors, split/folding and sliding rear seats and rakes of technological features.
Another interesting feature is a “virtual pedal” that not only electrically opens the boot when you wave your foot under the rear bumper but also closes it.
It comes is a range of petrol and diesel engines as well as manual and DSG auto gearboxes. From launch there will be a 2-litre diesel with 150bhp and 190bhp. The 150bhp will come with front-wheel-drive 7 speed auto DSG, 6 speed 4x4 or 7 speed DSG 4x4. The 190bhp version has 7 speed DSG 4x4. There’s a 115bhp version due in 2018.
The Kodiaq handles extremely well, it’s involving for the driver whilst relaxing to drive.
It's a case of September in Paris, December in Dublin for the new Skoda Kodiaq RS. The high-performance version of Skoda's popular seven-seat family SUV has been, finally, after much teasing, revealed in full today at the Paris Motor Show, and it's already a record breaker.
Well, sort of. We mean, it has actually broken a lap record at the famed and fearsome Nürburgring race track in Germany, but it was the record for seven-seat SUVs, which, to be honest, we didn't know was a thing until Skoda mentioned it to us.
The record was taken with Sabine Schmitz, sometime Top Gear star and full-time 'Ring legend, at the wheel, and a nine-minute lap of the 'Ring isn't too shabby for a big, tall, family wagon such as this.
First used back in 1974, Skoda's RS (Rally Sport) brand is being applied to an SUV for the first time, and the Kodiaq RS justifies its badge with a chunky body kit, massive alloys and a 240hp bi-turbo diesel engine. That will give it more than 500Nm of torque, which should make for some very rapid school runs indeed...