Skoda Kodiaq Review – autoX

The Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech car maker’s latest product. The Kodiaq, which is named after the Alaskan Bear, is Skoda’s largest SUV and first ever 7-seater, but the German owned car maker is still calling it a compact SUV. Even though it is still 160mm shorter than the Superb sedan, the Kodiaq is now the flagship model from Skoda.

The Kodiaq is 4,697mmin length and has a wheelbase measuring 2,791mm. It is built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, and on the whole, it looks quite attractive. The sharp LED daytime running light headlamps stand out and the lean design of the body is fresh.

The Kodiaq will be fitted with a variety of engine options for the global amrket, but in India we will get the 2.0-litre TDI diesel and TSI petrol motors. The petrol variant generates 177bhp and 320Nm of torque, while the diesel unit gets two different tunes – one with 147bhp and 340Nm and another with 187bhp and 400Nm. We managed to test drive all three engine variants, but our favourite was the less powerful 2.0 TDI with 147bhp. That’s because this engine is mated very nicely with a 7-speed DSG, and it also gets a turbo, and it’s mapped for slower speed and city performance rather than highway cruising, which will make it ideal for Indian road conditions.  This makes it ideal for India too. The petrol is also very smooth and extremely fun to drive. The Kodiaq also handles very well and offers excellent ride quality.

The Kodiaq also offers five driving modes – Comfort, Normal, Eco, Sport and Snow 4X4 – and it also gets lots of equipment and driver assistance systems such as all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and Skoda’s Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control.

Inside the cabin, the quality is very good and the fit and finish is also very good. There is an enhanced touchscreen infotainment system that also includes navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

When the Kodiaq gets to India we can expect it to carry a price tag somewhere between Rs 30-35 lakhs and it will compete with the Endeavour, Fortuner, Santa Fe and the Tiguan.

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