SKODA KODIAQ | MORE THAN A SUVPosted On: December 27, 2018 By : AutoLife Team
Mostly when SUV’s come into question, the rough rugged vehicles meant to go on extreme off roads is what comes to mind. Does the Kodiaq have the same structure? The Skoda Kodiaq is the first seven seater SUV offering from the brand. Mostly known for their sedans, does their SUV have what it takes to compete against its rivals? With very strong competition from rival brands such as the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavor. There has been quite a stiff competition over which vehicle out sells the other and now there is a new competitor in the segment. We will have to find out how the Kodiaq will stack up against its competition in this review.
The exterior of the Kodiaq states that it is more after luxury than out right off roading capability, it has the smooth flowing lines and an elegant stance rather than the macho SUV stance. The lighting duty is taken care by LED all around, from full LED headlights, LED DRLs (Day time Running Lamps), LED fog lamps and LED taillights. Everything is lit up using LED lighting. The Headlight looks similar to the one available on the Skoda Superb, it is by no means a bad thing because the headlight on the Superb was very attractive. The DRLs and how the headlights light up these lines that looks very aggressive. There is a headlight washer that pops out can cleans the headlights every 10th time you clean the windshield. The headlights sandwich the signature Skoda grille. The Kodiaq being a seven seater vehicle, it is pretty long. The sides don’t have much going on other than the flared wheel arches and a crease line running from the headlight all the way to the taillight. At the back, the all LED taillights look very elegant when they light up. The boot has a smart unlock feature where you swipe your legs under the rear bumper to open it if your hands are occupied. Since it is electrically operated you can close it with a push of a button on the boot, another way to open/close the boot is press and hold the boot button on the key fob.
The luxury and the interior is where the Kodiaq excels, it sort of feels like a jacked up Skoda Superb. There are small details that make the experience even more sophisticated like a rubber strip that comes out when you open any of the four doors. This is to protect the doors from bumps and it hides in while closing the door. There are two Skoda branded umbrellas on each of the front doors. The interior is very well made with premium materials used all along the dash board, doors are seats. The soft touch materials on the dash feel very nice to the touch and the light beige and black makes for a very nice visual experience. The seats are very comfortable as they are well padded and provide plenty of support. Both the front seat are electrically operated with memory function, meaning that you can save you preferred position and whenever someone changes the position you can go back to that position on the push of a button without having to figure out which position it was. The 8 inch touch screen infotainment system sits in the center of the dash with capacitive touch button on either side. There are two compartments for the glove box the bottom one is a ventilated glove box to keep your stuff cool. The A/C buttons are located under the screen. The A/C is a triple zone unit unlike the more common dual zone A/C meaning that the two people in front can have their own desired temperature while the rear passengers can have their own temperature. There is ambient lighting present in the vehicle that lights up in different colors that you can choose from. The Kodiaq plaque on the door sill is also illuminated.
There is a massive panoramic sunroof, the sunroof and the blinds are electrically operated. The sunroof gives extra brightness to the already well lit cabin. The second row of seats are pretty spacious and have comfortable seats, even though there is a massive sunroof there is adequate amount of headroom for the passengers. The second row seats have a very interesting feature called the power NAP package, you can take a nap without the fear of you head slipping from the headrest. There are two support that you can open from both sides of the headrest to keep your head steady when taking a nap in the car. Skoda have also included two blankets to keep you warm and cozy while you take a nap. The third row of seats is mainly meant for children as there isn’t a lot of space for larger people. The second row seats just slide to open the way to the third row of seats which is a little tight. If the seats you tumble in front then getting into the third row would be easier. The boot is decent when the third row seats are up but the seats fold flat that makes the boot level and easy to load luggage. If extra space is required the second row of seats can be folded too. There is a small LED light in the boot to make it easier at night times, but it doubles up as a portable torch light since it is removable and can be stuck to the vehicles body as it is magnetic too.
The Kodiaq is powered by a 1968cc turbocharged diesel engine producing 150 PS of power @ 3500 – 4000 RPM and 340 Nm of torque @ 1750 – 3000 RPM. The torque kicks in pretty low and as soon as it crosses the peak point of the torque the power starts to kick in giving a linear acceleration. There were different driving modes available to match you driving conditions such as eco, city, sport, individual and snow. The eco and the city modes are more economy focused, the sport mode makes the accelerator response faster and the gears are held longer. The 7 speed DSG gearbox is very smooth in operation, when in sport mode the gear changes are very fast while shifting it manually. This increases the fun of using the paddle shifter. The Kodiaq does have a 4X4 system so it can handle some off-road terrains but due to the limited 188mm ground clearance it could struggle a bit. This vehicle handles more like a sedan, even though it is long and heavy it feels very quick on its feet. The Kodiaq feels planted through turns and inspires confidence to push it harder.
The Kodiaq packed with safety equipments such as 9 airbags, Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Anti Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential lock System (EDS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), parking sensors, rear view camera, automatic hands free parking, etc. All these safety features make the Kodiaq a very safe vehicle to drive around in.
The Skoda Kodiaq is not a full on off road vehicle, it is more off a luxury SUV with almost sedan like driving capabilities. There are a lot of neat touches that make the experience that much more luxurious. If you are in the market for a big seven seater SUV that is more focused towards luxury than there aren’t many vehicle in the market that can match the Kodiaq’s luxury in that category, but if you are looking for a big seven seater SUV to go off roading then the Kodiaq might not be the right pick for you. Priced at Rs. 1,49,00,000/- there are a lot of features packed in this vehicle.