FOUR years ago the growing Skoda family went large with the arrival of its first XL-sized SUV.
Big sales and big love from big families ensued, with the Kodiaq having delivered just what people were after.
More than 600,000 have been made to date in factories spanning Russia, India, China and Skoda’s home, the Czech Republic[/caption]
There’s a rather lovely new two-spoke steering wheel – with proper buttons[/caption]
More than 600,000 have been made to date in factories spanning Russia, India, China and Skoda’s home, the Czech Republic.
Last year it was the brand’s third biggest seller behind the ever-popular Octavia and increasingly popular but slightly smaller SUV, the Karoq.
Capitalising on Skoda’s “Simply Clever” ethos of interior space, intelligent design and value for money, the Kodiaq raised the roof, literally, with a lofty ride and room for seven people. Having just undergone its first nip and tuck, you would be forgiven for not noticing much difference.
You could say it’s simply subtle. Bringing it a little more into line with Skoda’s latest Fabia and Enyaq, it gets a more bullish, snub-nosed grille while full LED matrix-adorned headlamps get a sleeker slimline design.
And there’s a rather lovely new two-spoke steering wheel too – with proper buttons. Recycled eco-friendly materials now feature throughout the same practical cabin in a variety of new vegan flavours as well as perforated/heated/ventilated leather massage seats for those who’d sooner prioritise their backside than embrace their green side.
Speaking of which, while there is a choice of five new engines including a hot new 245hp biturbo petrol unit – nicked from the Golf GTi and reserved for the £45k Kodiaq vRS flagship – not one of them features even the mildest whiff of hybridity.
The base 1.5-litre petrol and 2-litre diesel options both kick out an acceptable 150hp and benefit from pretty impressive fuel economy but can be upgraded to 190hp and 200hp respectively, which would suit the long-distance motorway driver.
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All models come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and 4WD except the £28k entry-level petrol – the only model which you can spec as a six-speed manual with front-wheel drive and just five seats.
As standard you get some nice touches including 18in alloys, LEDs, rear spoiler, cruise control, privacy glass and roof rails.
The incumbent 8in infotainment touchscreen is still not the most intuitive one the motoring world has to offer, but the 10in digital cockpit instrument panel is.
There are USB-C charging points front and back – and above your head in the rear-view mirror – plus, should you need even more, wireless charging features on all models above the base SE spec.
Ultimately, however, not much has changed here. But that’s only because it didn’t need to.
So, kudos to the Kodiaq – still all the family flexible, economically rational and subtly handsome SUV you’ll probably ever need.
As standard you get some nice touches including 18in alloys, LEDs, rear spoiler, cruise control, privacy glass and roof rails[/caption]
Engine: 1.5-litre petrol
Power: 150hp, 250Nm
0-62mph: 9.8 secs
Top speed: 128mph
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