So following a whole bunch of teasers and previews the all-new Skoda Kodiaq SUV has now been officially unveiled, revealing a new designed language for Skoda and marking “the start of the brand’s extensive SUV campaign.” But that’s not important to an average customer. What is important is the fact that it’s a good-looking, affordable and well-specced SUV.
While the finished product is not as striking as the first renderings we saw of the car, Skoda Kodiaq still manages to wow us to a sufficient extent given that, after all, it is an economy car by an economy car maker from the Czech Republic using second-hand VW technology. That is not meant to put them down. In fact we would buy this Kodiaq over VW’s own Tiguan any day of the week.
In terms of specs and details, the Kodiaq comes in at 4.7 meters long, it’s available with up to seven seats, and boasts a cargo volume of up to 2,065 liters. The SUV has a towing capacity of up to 2.5 tons and can be ordered with five different engines (two TDI and three TSI), 6-speed manual transmission, 6- and 7-speed DSG transmission, front-wheel and all-wheel-drive. There are also more than 30 ‘Simply Clever’ features and a range of available tech equipment such as advanced infotainments, Trailer Assist, Area View system cameras, Front Assist including City Emergency Brake with radars and stuff, Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Alert and Crew Protect Assist which is kind of like the Pre-Safe system in Mercedes-Benz.
Although Skoda Kodiaq is not really meant for off-roading, if you spec yours carefully you can hammer some capabilities into it using electronic systems such as Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) which features electric valves control in the shock absorbers and complements Drive Mode Select off-road setting.