Skoda Kodiaq 2020 - The big SUV for big families
The Skoda Kodiaq is a big SUV with off-road capabilities and the option to carry seven people, perfect for those large families looking for an adventure. It offers a more affordable alternative to the standard premium SUV’s which are flooding the market, some of which can be upwards of £50K.
The Kodiaq will be competing against a vast array of popular large SUV’s such as the Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe, while giving the premium Audi, BMW and Jaguar offering a run for their money as well. The Skoda Kodiaq gains a lot of its functionality from the latest VW Group MQB platform. The MQB architecture is shared with a large amount of the cars within the VW Group Family with models from Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen all benefitting.
The Kodiaq is available with either five or seven seats while maintaining a generous amount of space both inside the cabin and the boot. There are eight different trim variations to choose from starting with the entry-level SE, the SE Drive, SE L, Edition, Scout, Sportline, L&K and finally the performance vRS model. The Scout is designed with off-roading at heart, with rugged looks and features, whilst the Sportline focuses on giving the Kodiaq a more sporty body design and styling.
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Engines, Power and Performance
There are a large variety of engines to choose from along with either a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive system and a six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmission. There are two petrol engines and three diesel options.
The entry-level petrol engine is the 1.5-litre TSI, which develops 150hp and 250Nm of torque, capable of hitting 0-62mph in 9.9secs. The other petrol option is the more powerful 2-litre TSI engine, with 190hp and 320Nm of torque which reduces the 0-62mph time to just 7.7secs.
The diesel line-up starts with the 2-litre TDI with 150hp and 340Nm of torque, which is fairly good if you are planning on towing and can hit 0-62mph in 10secs. If you want more performance, especially when towing, then there is a more powerful version of the same 2-litre TDI engine with added power. The power is increased to 190hp and 400Nm of torque, which in turn reduces the 0-62mph time down to 8.6secs.
The final and most powerful diesel engine is only available with the top performance VRS model. It uses the 2-litre TDI engine, but power has been tweaked, so it now generates 239hp and an impressive 500Nm of torque. With this added power the Kodiaq vRS will sprint from 0-62mph in just 6.9secs, pretty remarkable for an SUV weighing in at over 2.5tonnes.
Given the size of the Kodiaq and the potential number of passengers and luggage it will be carrying, it would be worth opting for one of the diesel engines with the 190hp version offering the best of both worlds, good performance and good efficiency and economy. The vRS is great for performance, but in reality, buying a 7-seater SUV; generally, performance and speed are not the main appeal.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Kodiaq is well made and follows a similar trend to other members of the Volkswagen Group. There are plenty of high-end materials and soft plastic used, which give the Kodiaq a premium feel, and the build quality is sturdy.
Every Kodiaq model comes with an eight-inch colour touchscreen, supporting the latest Skoda infotainment system. The touchscreen is bright and clear, with good response levels and ease of use. Standard features include DAB radio, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and rear parking sensors.
Choose SE L trim or above, and you get a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen with Columbus Sat-Nav, Full LED headlights and added front parking sensors to name just a few.
Some of the optional extras include a self-parking system, a birds-eye view camera, wireless smartphone charging and panoramic sunroof. Another great optional extra is the Sleep Package which adds comfortable headrests with folding sides to the second row of seats. You also get a couple of blankets, and mechanical sun blinds for the rear windows along with a few other relaxing items. This option is perfect whether you’re an adult or child doing long journeys will be relaxing, and you will feel refreshed when you arrive.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Kodiaq, as with most Skoda’s in their line-up, is not short on space. In the front, there is a copious amount of headroom with equally impressive amounts of legroom, thanks to adjustable front seats which can also slide back. Even the tallest of occupants should have room to spare when getting comfortable in the front. In the back passengers will find a generous amount of headroom and legroom, which can be increased when the middle row of seats are slid back. If you have opted for the seven-seat version, you will find limited legroom making the seats more suited to young children.
There are countless storage compartments which include a glovebox, cupholders, large door pockets front and rear and a couple of useful cubbies in the front centre armrest/console. The boot space is vast and is class-leading with a capacity of 835-litres in 5-seat form, which will rise to a staggering 2065-litres with the seats folded away. If you have selected the 7-seater version, then your boot space drops to 270-litres, although this is nearly double of that in the larger Kia Sorento, which has a capacity of just 142-litres.
The Skoda Kodiaq scored a top 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests, thanks to an array of standard safety features as well as various optional safety assists. Standard features across all models include; cruise control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), multiple airbags and automatic emergency braking (AEB). Some of the optional extras include blindspot monitoring, lane assist and Travel Assist.
The Kodiaq is an amazing SUV with all the space, comfort and practicality any large family could ever need. It ticks almost any box you could think of and will push the premium brands hard, thanks to its all-round versatility and value for money.