Skoda Kodiaq’s Facelift version has been launched a few days ago in India and it is the only full-size SUV that is offered by Skoda motors in India. The new Kodiaq is priced just above the Skoda Superb which happens to be a luxurious sedan. But comparing the SUV with its sister which happens to be the Volkswagen Tiguan and to know who wins this blog is all about and yep! Welcome to the next blog of the Review Series!
On the Point
Skoda Kodiaq is powered by a 2.0L Turbocharged Petrol engine which is capable of producing 187Hp with a Torque output of 320Nm. The engine is mated with a 7-speed DSG automatic unit, making it convenient to shift gears quickly.
The vehicle is also equipped with a 4 Wheel Drive system making it easier for off-roads.
For more specs refer to the Quick Specs sheet as under:
Starting with its front look, it features the all-time favorite look from Skoda motors which happens to be somewhat the same in its Kushaq. The front grille is massive and is freshly mated with new LED headlamps known as “Skoda’s Crystal Lighting”.
Below the headlamps, the headlamp washers have also been placed along with the LED fog lamps. The front bumper is also quite large and is also equipped with front parking sensors.
The side profile will kinda remind you of the Volkswagen Tiguan, but the biggest change here is that Skoda Kodiaq is a 7-seater vehicle while the Volkswagen Tiguan is not. This makes Skoda Kodiaq’s wheelbase a longer one. Apart from this, the major attraction is, of course, the alloy wheels which seem bigger in size and nice too. The “Lauren and Klemet” badging can also be seen along the side of the hood depicting its top variant.
The rear profile is absolutely stunning and probably the best among all German-engineered vehicles. The taillights happen to be the LED units, so as the indicator lamps which also feature dynamic swipe indications. The Skoda badging has been made in bold letters in the centers rather than a standard logo which also makes it more appalling from the rear.
The bumper is kinda finished in skid plate sort of treatment with fake exhausts as well.
The interiors are really amazing on this vehicle and that is what would you expect at this price point. With dual-tone treatment in black and kinda white sort of 50-50 treatment, Skoda Kodiaq features the best cabin in the segment.
Right at the center, the infotainment system has been placed which includes all the necessary as well as additional features of the vehicle by which you can actually configure your own preferences regarding DCC (Dynamic Chassy control), Steering, Drive modes, etc.
Below the infotainment system, the AC control is placed which is a 3-zone automatic climate control system basically. The central console is also quite awesome with many buttons on board for auto-parking, passenger airbags, etc.
The vehicle is also equipped with wireless as well as a standard 12V charging socket placed right at the central console. The console is also equipped with twin cupholders, key-holders, and a lot more under the sliding front arm-rest.
On to the driver’s side, the seat is 12-way electric adjusted, so as the co-drivers side, but on the driver’s side, it also features 3-memory functions as well. The steering wheel of course features mounted controls both for the audio system and for the instrument cluster.
The instrument cluster happens to be a Virtual cock-pit unit same as the one seen in Audi’s. Almost everything starting from the navigation, vehicle’s data, etc. are included in this Virtual Cockpit system.
The front seats feature ventilation function, as of course and on the roof there sits a panoramic massive sunroof which can be opened 50%.
Coming on to its rear compartment, in the 2nd row the knee room, headroom, and leg space is quite awesome but the under-thigh support could be better. The second row features a 40:20:40 splitting ratio. It also gets individual AC vents and also an armrest with twin cupholders.
On to its third row, well not much legroom, knee room, headroom is there but still, the children can probably make it there.
The boot space is also quite decent and can be increased by reclining the third-row seats, which by the way completely sticks to the floor creating an enhanced boot space on offer. The standard boot size is 150L without the third-rows being reclined.
Well, Skoda Kodiaq is the most powerful and premium option available in the segment but still misses some things which are mentioned as under:
- Third Row seats: Well, the third-row seats can be further improved as the vehicle’s wheelbase is capable of it. But still, there is not much legroom, knee room, and headroom on offer.
- Third Row AC vents: The major missing in the third row is the individual AC vents even the blowers are not there which is kinda unacceptable especially at this price point.
- Hard Plastics: Well, the overall interior design of the vehicle happens to be appealing but still there is plenty of use of hard plastics which is disappointing again.
Well, for once just forget its limitation, and just to focus on the vehicle it is one of the best SUVs available in the segment and is true, better, powerful, more appealing than the Toyota Fortuner which happens to be in more demand nowadays.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from Skoda’s official website.