|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|diesel||1968cc||auto||150PS @ 4000RPM||340NM @ 3000RPM||16kmpl|
Skoda’s newly launched Kodiaq is the brand’s answer to the new-age SUVs as the car not only looks more premium from the outside but there is also luxurious space inside the car. Its design is more balanced with rugged design and style elements from the outside. It even comes with a 4x4 system, to help the car perform off-road but offers a premium interior experience along with great on-road dynamics.
Take a glance and you’ll definitely be impressed by the design at the front of Skoda Kodiaq as the bold and beautiful signature butterfly grille blends with the sporty and sleeker looking wide headlamps. The front bumper which holds the smart and sharp fog lamps is small only in the looks but offers a great view on the road. The flanked square shaped wheel arches add a muscular look to the exterior body and the side profiles are made delicate and facile. The 7 seater SUV is built on the MQB platform as which the Superb and Passat are made. The SUV is only 4.7m long, which utilizes the space well in the interior as well as the vertical space. The sculpted flat bonnet design is simple, neat and beautiful and reminds the Skoda Yeti at its first glance. Ground clearance is at 187mm which is enough for the soft and smooth terrain drive. The design at the rear is not much impressive but the sharp edges protrude from the top to the bottom of the car is well mannered. The tail lamps integrated with reverse lights and turn indicators are small and sharp and an elementary bumper design the complete the look of the car.
Getting inside the Skoda Kodiaq, you’ll be greeted by the Skoda’s ambient lighting inside along with the foot area illumination lights too. The dashboard is very compact and there sits the infotainment display in the centre panel of the car. There are various storage options available which mean you don’t have to worry about spaces once you get inside the car. The Kodiaq provides two glove boxes in the front in which the storage box at the bottom is finished with faux wood that looks more premium and appealing. There is also a storage box on driver’s side, large bins on the doors and massive elbow box that is hidden inside the armrest. Skoda calls it, “jumbo box” and it also comes with a small insert that has cubby holes and mobile phone holders of different sizes and shapes. Other things to get impressed door edge protectors, umbrella holders which are hidden inside the door panel, and a mini LED light that provides illumination can be magnetically attached to the body of the car.
When the third row is folded flat you’ll get a boot space of 630 litres and you can also further increase the boot space by folding 40:20:40 in the second row. If you want to hide something, don’t worry there’s also a double floor in it. The interesting part is that opening the boot space. Wave your legs under the hatch with the keys in your pocket and the lid opens up seamlessly. The top is of fully glass and there’s also a huge panoramic sunroof which can be opened completely or you can just close the roof and view through the glass.
The Skoda Kodiaq is built with urban monocoque SUV frame that provides high stability in on-road as well as off-road drives. It also comes with high passenger safety that it provides an overall of nine airbags in which one of the new addition comes in the form of driver’s knee airbag. An electronically controlled multi-plate clutch allows a constant power to be sent to the rear wheels so that the power is controlled and at the same equally distributing the power means the output is balanced. The SUV also comes with a driver fatigue alert system which monitors the driver’s eye movement continuously and when it senses fatigue in the driver’s eyes it alerts the driver in the instrument cluster to take a break. The hands-free allows you to park your car easily in any tight spaces without much effort.
The Skoda’s new generation SUV is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine of 1968cc that delivers a maximum power of 150PS at 4000rpm and the maximum twisting force of 340Nm being produced from 1750rpm. The power is sent to the rear wheel through an automatic 7-speed DSG gearbox which works well. The engine is more refined, quiet and smooth at the idling and low engine speeds. The twin-clutch gearbox does its best job by shifting the gears lightning fast makes it best in the class. There are three driving modes to choose from Comfort, Sport and Snow. The snow mode generally used when on low-friction surfaces so that the vehicle moves smoothly over the surface. Mid-range power is more than what we can expect and the power delivery feels punchy and sportier while driving in the Sport mode.
Skoda Kodiaq price starts from INR 35.37 Lakh to INR 36.79 Lakh.
Skoda, pronounced Shkoda correctly, and Sakoda in most parts of Punjab, entered the Indian market with the Octavia which instantly took the market by storm as no other car at that price offered similar power and driving experience. I wanted to sell my neighbour’s kidney to get the Octavia vRS at that time. Alas, I could never successfully lure him to my house for a dinner to execute the plan. Skoda, however, since, have expanded their line up and upgraded their cars fastidiously. Carrying on with the tradition, before the dust on announcement of the new Octavia vRS could settle down, Skoda is brewing up a storm again with a completely new product, entering the lucrative 7-seater SUV segment for the first time with the Kodiaq.