Skoda Kodiaq Review 2017
If you’re a fan of vehicles that offer enough space for you, the kids and even the dogs, then you might want to take a look at Skoda’s new arrival, the Skoda Kodiaq. The Kodiaq is Skoda’s answer to the SUV, in that it is far bigger than its previous 4×4; the Yeti and much more pleasing to the eye! It has been designed to compete with the likes of the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa-Fe, and Nissan X-Trail; and underneath it is the same platform as the VW Tiguan and SEAT Ateca.
Skoda Kodiaq, What’s on offer?
Skoda allow you to choose from three engines and five outputs for the Kodiaq; ranging from a 1.4 TSI four-cylinder (with 124bhp), all the way up to a 2.0 TSI with 178bhp and you can choose between a 6-speed manual gearbox, or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
There is scope for more powerful engines to be added to the range later on, depending upon the market penetration, but for the moment, this is it.
The most efficient engine combination at present seems to be the 2.0 TDI DSG (150) with a capability of 56.5mpg; the entry level engine isn’t too far behind, the 124bhp manages a combined capability of 53.3mpg; whereas the flagship 2.0 TSI claims a 38.2mpg.
Room for all in the new Skoda Kodiaq
The space inside is far greater than anything really Skoda have done before, however it really wasn’t designed with 7 fully grown adults in mind; it’s more designed for the family with growing kids and teenagers. The 7 seats fold and move back and forth to give added legroom depending where you sit. The Kodiaq’s interior also offers soft-touch materials, buttons and switches; any harder plastics are kept well out of site, offering a truly comfortable ride.
Tech meets travel
There’s a new generation of infotainment system debuting on the Skoda Kodiaq, it will then filter down other Skoda models in the range, as they are refreshed in the coming years. Lower range models come with a 6.5-inch screen, but step up to SE-L and you will find an eight-inch Bolero system, (available on the lower ranges as an additional upgrade). All models get a DAB radio, Bluetooth and connectivity tech such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink. However, the SE-L also comes with sat-nav and a ‘Phone-box’ that incorporates wireless smartphone charging in front of the gearlever.
Skoda Kodiaq has the tech
The Bolero touchscreen also features a new Skoda ‘Connect’ service. It offers two services: ‘Infotainment Online’ offering real-time traffic updates and map changes, and Care Connect, an emergency SOS call system in the event of an accident. The smartphone app it includes can also give you a status report on the car and even send sat-nav instructions directly from your phone to the car.
Other features include
All Kodiaqs come fitted with front assist and city emergency braking as standard, as you would expect. There is also blind spot detection, lane keep warnings and multi collision braking. Optional, or standard on higher spec models, systems include adaptive cruise control, lane assist, trailer assist, predictive pedestrian protection, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic sign recognition.
With prices kicking off from around £21,495, this is the perfect choice if the Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe are out of budget and this model, some say, even edges a Kia Sorento on quality, making it a savvy purchase indeed.