The Skoda Kodiaq is undoubtedly one of the most hotly anticipated cars of this year and while it will land in India late September, here are all the details of this new Skoda SUV in our first look review. The Kodiaq is a full sized SUV being positioned above the Yeti and will compete with SUVs like the Santa Fe. It is a 7-seater SUV and uses the MQB platform. The name Kodiaq refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on an island near Alaska.
Skoda Kodiaq Exterior Review
Styling wise the Kodiaq represents a new design direction for Skoda and marries the traditional Skoda design cues with rugged SUV styling elements. It is big and imposing at 4.70 metres long with a ground clearance of 190mm. We like the massive grille and the design of the headlamps plus the wheel arches which, even with 19 inch wheels (17,18 inches are standard), looks just about right in terms of stance which indicates the size of the Kodiaq. Move to the side and rear though and it takes a more crossover like look with the rear in particular being much softer looking when compared with the butch front and somewhat looks like the BMW X1.
Skoda Kodiaq Interior review
The interior is pure Skoda with its clean, simple design that just about has enough to differentiate itself from the rest of its Skoda family including the Superb and Octavia. Quality and general fit and finish is expected to be high and you have the familiar 3-spoke steering wheel but the centre console is different from other Skoda cars. There is a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink alongside usual features like navigation. Elsewhere you have powered seats, a bigger screen, Phonebox, 10-speaker Canton Sound System etc.
The Kodiaq has a a wide range of driver assistance systems with Tow Assist, Area View system (using surround-view cameras), Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and driver alert.There is also a Skoda Connect app, which can be used to access and control additional services.
Skoda has extracted a big amount of space from the Kodiaq cabin with a width of 1.88 meters along with a 2791mm wheelbase. 5 seats would be standard while the 7-seater would be optional. 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. It is also quite practical and with a boot capacity of 720 to 2,065 l (with rear seats folded), the five-seater offers the largest boot in its class.
Skoda Kodiaq engines
In terms of the engine line-up you have two TDI and three TSI engines. The entry level motor is a 1.4 TSI but it would not make it here instead expect the 2.0 diesel (in two power outputs of 148 bhp and 188 bhp) and possibly a more power petrol 2.0 TSI. All engines also feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management system. Gearbox options include a 6-speed manual being standard while the DSG transmissions either come with six or seven speeds. The Kodiaq comes standard as FWD while AWD is optional along with Driving Mode Select which allows the driver to adjust the operation of the engine and DSG management, power steering, air conditioning and other systems in Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual modes.
India launch and price
India launch is four to five months away and bookings are open at dealerships. Skoda India is targeting a festive season launch and n terms of price expect to be around Rs 25 lakh starting. There is no doubt that the Kodiaq is an important car for Skoda and as SUVs are gaining in popularity there is no doubt that this one would be the best seller in the Skoda range.