Skoda has taken the wraps off its new SUV Kodiaq at Berlin yesterday.
Designed by Škoda’s Head of Design, Jozef Kabaň, the exterior design is all about sharp edgy lines, sporting the family face and the traditional Škoda grille. The gorgeous headlights we’ve seen in the new Superb, inspired by Czech crystal glass art, makes it to Kodiaq too. The rear-end also has an edgy design and sports a typical SUV look with a gorgeous pair of tail lamps. Overall, its a clean and pleasing design.
Based on Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, the Kodiaq measures 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm tall (including roof rails); its wheelbase measures 2,791 mm. The Kodiaq front-wheel drive weighs 1,452 kg, and 4WD weighs 1,540 kg with the entry-level TSI engine. The SUV has a cx value (drag co-efficient) of just 0.33.
Interiors and Features
The Kodiaq’s interior length is 1,793 mm, elbow room is 1,527 mm in the front and 1,510 mm in the rear. Head room is 1,020 mm in the front and 1,014 mm in the rear. Rear legroom measures up to 104 mm.
The interior can be had with a fabric/leather combination and leather or Alcantara covers and optional ambient lighting. The Kodiaq packs a huge list of equipment and features, including tri-zone climate control, electric heated and ventilated front seats with memory function, electronic parking brake, 6.5 inch standard or 8.0-inch optional touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, Skoda connect, 10-speaker Canton surround sound system, 60:40 folding rear seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, optional Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), Comfort, Normal or Sport driving modes, electronic differential lock and many more.
Skoda claims the SUV to be having the largest boot within its class with a volume of up to 2,065 litres.
The Skoda Kodiaq packs an impressive amount of safety equipment too. Including City Emergency Braking (upto 34 km/h), Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist, Driver Alert, ABS+EBD, ESC, Hill Descent Assist, 6 airbags, surround view cameras and many more.
Engine, Transmission and Wheels
Skoda Kodiaq will come with 5 engine choices internationally. Two TDI and three TSI engines, ranging from 1.4 to 2.0-litre. The diesel and petrol engines feature turbocharged direct injection and fulfil EU6 emission standards. All engines also feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a thermo-management system, contributing to low fuel consumption. The 2.0 TDI will come in two states of tune, 150 PS & 340 Nm and 190 PS & 400 Nm. For this range-topping diesel, 0-100 km/h happens in 8.6 s and reaches a top speed of up to 210 km/h.
The petrol on the other hand has a 1.4-litre with two states of tune and a 2.0-litre engine. The 1.4 TSI 4-cylinder produces 125 PS & 200 Nm, the other version of 1.4-litre has Active Cylinder Technology – shuts down the second and third cylinders when the load and engine speed are low, and produces 150 PS & 250 Nm of torque. The 2.0 TSI makes 180 PS and 320 Nm of torque.
Depending on the engine, there is a 6-speed manual gearbox or DSG transmissions with 6 or 7-speed DCT.
Both top-of-the-range engines – the TDI with 140 kW (190 PS) and the TSI with 132 kW (180 PS) – are coupled with the 7-speed DSG and all-wheel drive. This combination is new at Skoda. The manual 6-speed transmission and 6-speed DSG are the options for the 1.4 TSI with 110 kW (150 PS) and all-wheel drive; front-wheel drive is coupled with the 6-speed DSG. The entry-level diesel with all-wheel drive is offered with the manual 6-speed transmission or the 7-speed DSG; the front-wheel-drive version is offered solely with the 7-speed DSG. The entry-level TSI is available with manual 6-speed transmission and front-wheel drive.
In the Active and Ambition trim levels, the Skoda Kodiaq comes equipped with 17-inch wheels as standard; 18-inch wheels are standard in the Style trim level. The range of optional extras extends to burnished 19-inch wheels.